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Today’s Jazz Stars Interpret Disney Classics »

Ever imagine The Bad Plus doing music from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast? How about Joshua Redman doing a cover of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story? Those notable artists are among the dozen contributing to the forthcoming compilation Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat. The title of […]

Herbie Hancock Quote from 1983 »

I’ve been researching contemporary jazz in the 80s and 90s and came across this great 1983 quote from Herbie Hancock: I don’t mind being classified as a jazz artist, but I do mind being restricted to being a jazz artist. My foundation has been in jazz, though I didn’t really start out that way. I […]

Torcuato Mariano Debut (1994) »

From 1993-1994, I produced a newsletter to promote the late night “new music program” for KBIA-FM. Following is an article I wrote for one of the newsletters: Rarely do debut solo albums come to the station as solid as Torcuato Mariano’s Paradise Station (Windham Hill). From the start, it’s evident that the guitarist knows how […]

ContemporaryJazz.com Store Launches »

The ContemporaryJazz.com Store will feature a number of different categories, from new releases to best of lists. It’s just starting out and there are two departments to shop from so far – new releases and the 1988 store. Items are purchased from Amazon.com, which this site is a member of its affiliate program. The new […]

Site Update »

I apologize for the lack of new content for the last few months. In March, I pretty much dropped off the modern jazz map. I stopped updating the site, let ContemporaryJazz.com Radio go, and tweeted less frequently. I haven’t abandoned the site but there will be some changes in the future. I have plans for […]

What Is Acid Jazz? »

The JAZZzology blog asks: “is acid jazz just a name given by a radio disc jockey to promote some readily unidentifiable form of pop music or is it a form of jazz music?” I think it’s the latter – more of a type of fusion but, instead of rock, it blends soul, funk, jazz, and […]

Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion Preview »

New Acid Jazz Compilation »

According to Amazon, this compilation from the Soundiva label, called Chillout & Acid Jazz, will be out on New Year’s Day. Sample it now – a good mix of 25 jazzy uptempo and laid-back tracks. Amazon.com Widgets

Milano Jazz Dance Combo »

I always find some good jazz while searching through the electronic category. Check out music from this new release, which features several vocal performances. Amazon.com Widgets

New on ContemporaryJazz.com Radio »

ContemporaryJazz.com Radio plays nu jazz, acid jazz, remixed jazz, jazzy house, dancefloor jazz, and other groove jazz styles. It’s online all the time and is free (with ads) or you can purchase a VIP package for commercial free listening and other benefits. See the embedded spreadsheet below for the most recent adds to the playlist. […]