Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Newvelle update

Roughly a year ago in an interview with Elan Mehler we introduced Newvelle Records, a very promising new vinyl-only boutique record label in development. At that point Newvelle was on the cusp of its first release, among those a solo … Continue reading

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The fertile mind of Gerry Gibbs

Just in case you missed it, the Independent Ear is all about spotlighting enterprising musicians. One such artist is most assuredly drummer-bandleader Gerry Gibbs. From his Thrasher Dream Trio dreaming big with such masterful partners as NEA Jazz Masters pianist … Continue reading

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Another View: Monterey ’16

Newly-minted NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith held Hammond B-3 court at the Nightclub at MJF ’16 (photo: Ron Scott) MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL COLD NIGHTS HOT MUSIC By Ron Scott While waiting in the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) for my … Continue reading

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The latest Miles Davis set

The latest in a seemingly endless series of Miles Davis reissues/refreshers/previously-unreleased/newly-discovered/”Bootleg Series” releases is titled Freedom Jazz Dance (Columbia Legacy). The core origins of this new package document a particularly fertile period in Miles prolific recording career, respectively three classic … Continue reading

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Meet The Artist

I think opportunities for audiences to meet and interact with jazz artists off the bandstand are very important keys to audience development, to increasing the audience for jazz. Such opportunities help to “demystify” this music we call jazz. For so … Continue reading

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