Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Worldwide Jazz News

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Worldwide Jazz News

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The Pleasures of Being Out of Step - Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff - A Film by David L. Lewis - Featuring the Sublime Music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus

Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of 'alternative' journalism in America. This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.

At the core of the film are three extraordinary, intimate conversations with Hentoff. Commentary and perspective are offered through additional interviews with such luminaries as Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Floyd Abrams, Aryeh Neier and Dan Morgenstern. Interwoven through it all is the sublime music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Bob Dylan, along with never-before-seen photographs and archival footage of these artists and other cultural figures at the height of their powers.

For more information, a complete list of play dates and a trailer visit: http://firstrunfeatures.com/pleasuresofbeingoutofstep

Bright Spot for Vinyl Albums

Nielsen's report noted a bright spot for vinyl albums, which were largely abandoned by the mainstream music industry during the CD boom of the 1980s and '90s, but in recent years have been growing steadily among collectors and audiophiles. According to the report, four million vinyl LPs were sold in the first half of 2014, up 40 percent from the same period last year. As recently as 2007, these records accounted for fewer than one million sales a year.

Horace Silver (1928-2014)

Composer, pianist, and bandleader Horace Silver (1928-2014) had a career that spanned half a century. As the co-founder (with Art Blakey) of the Jazz Messengers, which would become a de-facto training ground for generations of musicians, he had a profound impact on the performance practice of jazz. As a composer and band-leader, he basically defined the sound world of hard bop in the 1950s and '60s through his live performances and numerous recordings.

Between 1953 and 1969, Blue Note released a total of 17 albums under Silver's own name plus 23 albums featuring him as a sideman, making him one of the most widely recorded artists of that period. …

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