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Performing at the newly reopened Smoke Jazz Club in New York, from left: Julius Rodriguez, Gerald Cannon, Eddie Henderson, Melissa Aldana and Joe Farnsworth

(Photo: Jimmy Katz)

Old Friends, New Listeners Celebrate Smoke’s Grand Reopening 

Thursdays have always set the vibe for weekends at Smoke. The first of a four-night run for headliners, Thursday would serve as a point of entry and rumination. Bandstand energy…


Blindfold Test: Marc Johnson



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Charles Goold

Rhythm In Contrast
(La Reserve)


Simon Phillips
Protocol V
(Phantom)


Armen Donelian
Fresh Start
(Sunnyside)


Kit Downes
Vermillion
(ECM)


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Tom Harrell

Oak Tree
(HighNote)


The Endeavour Jazz Orchestra New Zealand
Solipsis — Music Of Ryan Brake
(Skydeck Music)



George Cotsirilos
Refuge
(OA2)


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Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler: The Truth Is Marching In

In a restaurant-bar in Greenwich Village, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was ruminating on the disparity between renown and income. In his case, anyway. Covers of his albums are prominent in the windows of more and more jazz record stores; references to him are increasingly frequent in jazz magazines, here and abroad; a growing number of players are trying to sound like him.

“I’m a new star, according to a magazine in England,” Ayler said, “and I don’t even have fare to England. Record royalties? I never see any. Oh, maybe I’ll get $50…


Growing Up Monk




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