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December 2010

December 2010

Sax and clarinet master Paquito D'Rivera is featured in the December issue of Jazz Inside Magazine, in an interview conducted by Eric Nemeyer. This 64-page edition also features interviews with Kurt Rosenwinkel Hamiet Bluiett, Giussepe Logan, Erica VonKleist plus CD reviews and articles to delight your jazz palette.

The December issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (64 pages), available free in print and as a downloadable digital edition is designed for jazz lovers worldwide - and features master saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera discussing his new book of photos and travel stories, Portraits and Landscapes, his new recordings including Pan Americana Suite, his associations with Lionel Hampton, Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, and how Diz found him in Cuba and much more.

Paquito observed about the business side of the music: "I think it is important for your self-respect to put a price on your work – because this is work. It doesn’t look like work to other people, but this is work. We have to practice, we have to pay for [instrument] repairs, we have to dress correctly.

On the music side of things, he commented: “…sometimes the more important notes are not the ones that you play, but the ones that you leave out.”

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This issue also features an interview with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel by Gary Heimbauer.

Rosenwinkel comments: “It’s like Picasso said, you don’t need to try to find your own voice, just try to draw a perfect circle, and then the inevitable imperfections that occur, define your voice. So, I’m never thinking about music in terms of my own voice, I’m thinking about music in terms of the way I would like to hear it in an ideal state and I have to try to make that music almost despite my own voice."

This issue also feature interviews with a diverse group of saxophonists including Erica VonKleist, Hamiet Bluiett and Gisseppe Logan, the latter two by Ken Weiss.

Erica Von Kleist, talks about her work with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, her new CD, No Exceptions and playing in the pit band for the Broadway Show, The Addams Family.

She comments: "You don’t really want to sound like a quote, jazz musician. The question is how are you going to sound like yourself? Who are you? I mean, it’s not who you sound like. It’s who are you and what do you sound like?"

In his interview with Ken Weiss, Hamiet Bluiett remarks: "[I] keep trying to reach people – but on another kind of level. I’m playing music that you can’t see, you can’t measure but it comes through the molecular structure some way. So I figure that the better of the person is that is sending the signal, the better the message is. I’m trying to straighten me out, so when I send out the signal it’s a decent and good message.”

The re-emergence of Philadelphia saxophonist / clarinetist Giuseppe Logan prompted a buzz. Ken Weiss talks with Logan, who comments about his early days as a performer, and assimilating his open style with his education and immense knowledge of the music:

"I was so anxious to learn how to play music good that I just forgot everything else that was important. I was dying because I was trying to learn how to play music real good.”

There is also a feature on pianist Rick DellaRatta's Jazz For peace "Promoting Jazz & Philanthropy" which delves into the more than 800 performances the organization has staged and the fundraising they have done for over 700 organizations in their eight year history.

The CD Spotlight section highlights releases by John Allred, Tyler Blanton, KJ Denhert, Joe Diorio-Joe Giglio, Steve Elmer, Andy Farber, Steve Gadd, Mac Gollehon, Rob Lanter, Leslie Pintchik, Simona Premazzi, Nelson Riveros, Michael-Louis Smith, Lew Soloff, Rolf Sturm, Cassandra Wilson and Matt Wilson.
Joe Lang reviews two books: The Life of Kenny Davern, and Where The Dark and Light Folks Meet - Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz by trumpetre Randy Sandke.

Lang comments that “Sandke explodes what he considers the most egregious perception about jazz, namely that it was an ethnic music that was played by black musicians for black audiences, and that white musicians, presenters and audiences co-opted the music, depriving black artists their financial and historical dues.”

This month’s installment of Ira Gitler’s Apple Chorus focuses on David Amram - the multi instrumentalist, composer and all around talent and his 80th Birthday concert in November. Ira also offers some suggestions about some quality, under publicized CDs.

Comprehensive monthly calendar and event listings for the number one jazz market in the world - New York - span 16 pages.

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