Kevin Whitehead http://upr.org en A Sleek And Busy Walk With Jean-Luc Ponty http://upr.org/post/sleek-and-busy-walk-jean-luc-ponty French jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty played the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1967, which led to his getting an American record contract, and playing with George Duke, Frank Zappa, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Then he started his own jazz-rock fusion bands. <em>Fresh Air</em> critic Kevin Whitehead says before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 45709 at http://upr.org Two Tenors Inspired By A Saxophone Colossus http://upr.org/post/two-tenors-inspired-saxophone-colossus Two new trio albums by tenor saxophonists who won the Thelonious Monk jazz competition share a conspicuous influence — vintage Sonny Rollins. <em>Fresh Air</em> critic Kevin Whitehead reviews<em> Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio</em> by last year's winner, 25-year old Chile-born New Yorker Melissa Aldana, and <em>Trios Live</em> by Joshua Redman, who took the prize in 1991. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 45404 at http://upr.org Jaki Byard, A Post-Bebop Pianist Who Was A Master Of Stride Piano http://upr.org/post/jaki-byard-post-bebop-pianist-who-was-master-stride-piano <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Jaki+Byard%2C+A+Post-Bebop+Pianist+Who+Was+A+Master+Of+Stride+Piano&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzNzE4NjE2MDEyNDcxNzIzNTk2MDZlOQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF JAKI BYARD SONG)<p>JAKI BYARD: Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the "Late Late Show." I'm going into my act. This is my last set. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 45136 at http://upr.org The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz http://upr.org/post/westerlies-come-home-horvitz The Westerlies is a quartet of young New York brass players who know each other from school days in Seattle. Their debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Horvitz and the Westerlies are a perfect fit. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 43628 at http://upr.org Remembering Horace Silver, Hard Bop Pioneer http://upr.org/post/remembering-horace-silver-hard-bop-pioneer Jazz pianist, bandleader and composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404943/horace-silver">Horace Silver</a> died Wednesday at age 85. <em>Fresh Air</em> critic Kevin Whitehead says that Silver had been off the scene awhile, but his influence is as strong as ever. Hear an appreciation. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Remembering+Horace+Silver%2C+Hard+Bop+Pioneer&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 42843 at http://upr.org A Double Dose Of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Free-Funk http://upr.org/post/double-dose-ronald-shannon-jacksons-free-funk Two fine albums by drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society, <em>Man Dance</em> and its sequel <em>Barbeque Dog</em>, are now available again as downloads, after being out of print for ages. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says they're prime examples of the 1980s' so-called "free-funk" movement. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 42722 at http://upr.org Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin http://upr.org/post/jazz-pianist-ted-rosenthal-has-feel-gershwin Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. Ted Rosenthal an early winter of the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of the problem. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Rosenthal has a real feel for the material.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RHAPSODY IN BLUE")<p>KEVIN WHITEHEAD, BYLINE: As familiar as Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" is you can overlook how radical it sounded. Fri, 30 May 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 41824 at http://upr.org In 1970, Miles Davis Played Four Sets For A New Audience http://upr.org/post/1970-miles-davis-played-four-sets-new-audience Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST: <p>In June 1970, Miles Davis played four nights at New York's rock palace Fillmore East, following earlier appearances there and at San Francisco's Fillmore West. A complete recording of all four of those June sets are now available for the first time.<p>Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the jazz trumpeter had gone to the Fillmore in search of a new audience.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Good evening. With great pleasure, Mr. Fri, 16 May 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 41153 at http://upr.org After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return http://upr.org/post/after-painful-year-bud-powells-triumpant-1953-return The great bebop pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404849/bud-powell">Bud Powell</a> played several engagements at the New York jazz club Birdland in 1953. Parts of his shows were broadcast on the radio, and one listener recorded some onto acetate discs. A new collection of those recordings is out now: <em>Birdland 1953</em> on three CDs from <a href="http://www.espdisk.com/official/catalog/4073.html" target="_blank">ESP-Disk'</a>. The sound quality isn't much, but the music is terrific. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:14:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 38635 at http://upr.org After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return Box Set Illustrates Clifford Jordan's Impeccable Taste In Musicians http://upr.org/post/box-set-illustrates-clifford-jordans-impeccable-taste-musicians Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Starting in the late 1960s, jazz saxophonist Clifford Jordan produced a series of recordings mostly by other leaders that came out on the musician's own Strata-East label. Those seven albums are now collected in a box set. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Jordan the producer had impeccable taste in musicians.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>KEVIN WHITEHEAD, BYLINE: Clifford Jordan on tenor from a 1968 quartet date led by bassist Wilbur Ware with Edward Blackwell on drums. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 38095 at http://upr.org