Mediterranean (Part One) – Joe Bonamassa’s Blues Cruise Included Visit to Nerdville – American Blues Scene

The second sailing of Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean sailed out of Athens, Greece on August 23, 2022, and before the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Jade returned to the Greek capital five days later cruisers had a chance to see two full shows from Bonamassa as well as multiple performances from … Read more

Archival Downtown, Part Two ~ The Free Jazz Collective

Andrea Centazzo, John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne, Toshinori Kondo, Polly Bradfield, and Tom Cora – Environment for Sextet (Remastered From Original Tape Reels) (Ictus, 2022) John Zorn’s Olympiad – Vol. 2 Fencing 1978 (Tzadik, 2022) George Cartwright, John Zorn, Polly Bradfield, and Charlie Noyes – Inroads 6/25/1982 (self-released, 2021) By Lee Rice Epstein For many years, … Read more

The AAJ Interview, Part 1-3 article @ All About Jazz

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in July 2004. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Introduction Without the contributions of producer and entrepreneur Creed Taylor, the past, present and future of jazz would be differently written. Five decades ago, Creed Taylor produced some of Bethlehem Records’ best albums, including sets … Read more

Creed Taylor Productions, Part 2 article @ All About Jazz

Part 1 | Part 2 The place in jazz history held by Creed Taylor is impeccable, stylish, and essential. He produced some of the best music for some of the best labels dedicated to jazz, then formed his own label and with meticulous preparation and his musician’s ear kept on making great jazz records. Taylor … Read more

Creed Taylor Productions, Part 1 article @ All About Jazz

Part 1 | Part 2 The place in jazz history held by Creed Taylor is impeccable, stylish, and essential. He produced some of the best music for some of the best labels dedicated to jazz, then formed his own label and with meticulous preparation and his musician’s ear kept on making great jazz records. Taylor … Read more

A L’arme Festival Vol. 10 (Part 2 of 2) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro My first visit to A L’arme was for it’s second installment in 2013 when I was still bedazzled by the shaggy chic of Berlin. It was there that I met up with my Free Jazz Blog colleague Martin Schray for the first of many times at the festival and took in the … Read more

A L’arme Festival Vol. 10 (Part 1 of 2) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro Since its inception in 2012, Berlin based organizers Louis Rastig and Karina Mertin’s A L’arme festival has carefully avoided being defined as only a free-jazz festival. Sure, through the years free jazz icons such as Peter Brötzmann, Sven-Åke Johansson, Irène Schweizer, Han Bennink, John Butcher, Ken Vandermark, Lotte Anker, Ikue Mori, William … Read more

Jazz em Agosto 2022 (Part 4) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro Saturday, August 6th and Sunday August 7th Heading south east on Av. Alvares Cabral, a mere kilometer over a hill from the Reservatório da Mãe d’Água das Amoreiras (see part 3), is another neighborhood park, the Guerra Junqueiro Garden. It’s similar to the other park with plenty of wonderful old trees, like … Read more

Jazz em Agosto 2022 (Part 3) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro Thursday, August 3rd and Friday August 4th Let us start back at the park, the Amoreiras Garden / Marcelino Mesquita Garden, like many of the small neighborhood parks in Lisbon, the park has several playgrounds for kids, gravel paths to saunter on and a small cafe. Typically reasonably priced and stocked with … Read more

Jazz em Agosto 2022 (Part 1) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

The evening was cooling down, nicely, from the mid-90s of the late afternoon, and a very light breeze kept the air moving. After two years of festivals in modified formats and scope, the return to the outdoor amphitheater in the Gulbenkian gardens in the middle of Lisbon felt good in many senses. Before the show. … Read more