Between 1993 and 2002, 53 editions of the bi-monthly magazine JazzChord were published as part of the National Jazz Co-ordination Program. This folder includes a selection of articles from those editions. Articles published in JazzChord appear on this site also in the JOHN CLARE, JAZZ CO-ORDINATION, BOOK REVIEWS, CONTRIBUTIONS and OBITUARIES folders. Readers can click on the INDEX button for a list of articles in this folder.
DEATH OF THE BOSS
by Tony Baldwin
JazzChord, Dec 01/Jan 02
Tom Baker’s awesome command of half a dozen instruments in virtually any listenable idiom tended to overshadow his more subtle talent of diplomatist, which made him such a terrific bandleader and, to his lasting credit, a more consistently effective ambassador for his adopted country than any Foreign Affairs bureaucrat could ever hope to be…
THE VEXED QUESTION OF SOUND BALANCE IN JAZZ
by Eric Myers
JazzChord, Feb/Mar, 2001
Recently I’ve been listening to the Keith Jarrett Trio’s two-CD set Whisper Not, recorded live in Paris in 1999. It’s interesting to consider its sound balance. I heard the trio live at Umbria Jazz 2000 in Perugia, Italy where, even though it was in the open air, the sound was very beautiful - crystal clear, but not loud, with superb separation of sound. By that I mean you could hear each instrument clearly, and could marvel at the subtle interactions between the three master musicians in the trio: Jarrett (piano), Gary Peacock (double bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums)...
INTERVIEW WITH THE WILLOW NEILSON QUARTET
Conducted by Eric Myers
JazzChord, Oct/Nov, 2001
The Sydney quartet led by the saxophonist Willow Neilson left in late September, 2001, to participate in the Jazz Hoeilaart Inter’l Belgium, an international jazz contest for youth ensembles. Other than Willow, the group includes Gerard Masters (piano, from Christchurch, New Zealand)), Brendan Clarke (double bass, from Canberra), and the Sydney drummer Craig Simon. The views of these young musicians on music and the jazz scene reflect the mixture of optimism and realism which characterises many of the musicians of their generation...