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May 2022 // Volume 52 // Number 4

The saxophone section of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, whose story is told in Judy Chaikin’s film The Girls in the Band


18 THE CELLO IN JAZZ Even though it’s still considered primarily a classical instrument, the cello has been lurking in jazz’s back corners for more than a century. Today, a small but growing group of musicians are giving it a more central role in the music. Geoffrey Himes unearths the instrument’s jazz history and consults with modern practitioners Abdul Wadud, Erik Friedlander, Akua Dixon, and Hank Roberts.

22 GOLDINGS, BERNSTEIN, STEWART: THE TRIO AT 30 Approximately three decades ago, in the smoke-filled environs of Augie’s Jazz Bar on

New York’s Upper West Side, organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Bill Stewart coalesced into a trio that was clearly built to last. In conversation with Ted Panken, the three musicians discuss their origins and the distances they’ve traveled since.

26 THE TRUTH OF ’ROUND MIDNIGHT It’s on anyone’s short list of the all-time great jazz films; that it’s being reissued on

DVD and Blu-ray by Criterion calls for a celebration. Colin Fleming revisits this 1986 Bertrand Tavernier masterwork starring the inimitable Dexter Gordon and notes that it gets about as close as any movie can to understanding the essential life force of jazz. 30 JAZZ DOCS For the past decade or so, we’ve been living in a golden age of jazz documentaries,

from Chasing Trane and I Called Him Morgan to It Must Schwing! and Ronnie’s—plus many, many more. In some ways it’s easier to make films like these nowadays, but in other ways it can be more of a struggle than ever. Lee Mergner talks to several distinguished documentarians about the state of their art.



3 JT Notes 4 Opening Chorus Honoring the sound of Contemporary

Records on its 70th anniversary; Jacob Riis’ 19th-century New York photographs inspire a suite by Anders Koppel; and farewells to Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch, Jim Harrison, Joe Diorio, Mickey Bass, Askia Muhammad, Ernie Andrews, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Isao Suzuki, and Ron Miles 10 Chronology Eight great jazz movie soundtracks

12 Before & After Ryan Keberle 16 Overdue Ovation Azar Lawrence

40 Audio Files Brent Butterworth on “Chi-Fi”


42 Chops The messy matter of music royalties

44 Reviews Albert Ayler’s final performances boxed, 25 composers address Black lives, Catherine Russell, Brad Mehldau, mid-’80s Chet Baker, Michael Weiss, Ilhan Ersahin, Júlio Resende, and more

48 Coda Classic jazz moments on film

Cover image of Dexter Gordon in 1981 by Brian McMillen. Table of Contents image courtesy of Judy Chaikin

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