Matthew Goldwasser

Jazz on Film
12:43 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Jazz on Film: A Studio Romantic, Arif Mardin

From the 1950s to the 1980s Atlantic Records turned out the freshest, most cutting edge and soulful records in Jazz, R & B, Rock and Roll, and Pop music. The brain trust of the brothers Ahmet and Neshui Ertegun along with producer Jerry Wexler and engineer Tom Dowd cranked out one classic record after another, hit after hit and made the label Atlantic synonymous with taste and class in their relationships with the artists. Arif Mardin was the fifth member of that group and is the least well-known but no less influential.

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Jazz on Film
12:11 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Jazz on Film: Tom Dowd & The Language of Music

Here’s a simple quiz. What do John Coltrane, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, Aretha Franklin, Ornette Coleman, The Cream, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lynard Skynard, Charles Mingus, the Allman Brothers, MJQ, and Otis Redding all have in common?  The answer is Tom Dowd, who engineered many of their (and others’) most important recordings. From 1948 at age 23 until the mid-70s Tom Dowd was the chief engineer for Atlantic Records and remained one of the most influential and innovative contributors to the work of popular music and sound recording until near his death in 2002.

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Jazz on Film
12:54 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The Sound of Jazz: a '57 TV classic

Once upon a time, long before the Web and Twitter, before selfies and instagram, if you can believe it, Television was a real medium for social media. In the early 1950s and 60s commercial television was where the general public learned about high culture. TV gave us our first introductions to Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, live broadcasts of Shakespeare plays, opera and dramatic plays.  Included in the mix was Jazz.

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Jazz on Film
1:49 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Jazz on Film: "Make It Funky" doc celebrates New Orleans music

(Editor's note: As we anticipate the "New Orleans Rhythm Revue" performing at the KUVO signature fundraising event "Live at the Vineyards" on Aug. 9, 2014, we're falling in love with the funky side of New Orleans music.  We hope this review has the same affect on you!)

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Jazz on Film
1:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Jazz on Film: Bill Cosby, Jazz Fanatic

In the early 1960s, a young comic stepped up to the microphone in a Greenwich Village nightclub and instead of offering a predictable run of non-stop jokes a la Rodney Dangerfield he told stories and riffed on personal and social experiences. In another club across town jazz artists did away with traditional head-melody / chorus / head-style of playing and began improvising freely (think Coltrane's "My Favorite Things"). They also performed completely original and free-flowing compositions.

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