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Eran Har Even: Winners Of The Cosmic Lottery

Read "Eran Har Even: Winners Of The Cosmic Lottery" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


From the guitarist's album World Citizen (2020, Challenge Records Int.), “Winners Of The Cosmic Lottery" shows off some great ensemble work as well as the compositional prowess that Evan is quickly becoming known for. Xavi Torres' roiling piano solo is a great compliment to Even's enthralling guitar work. ...

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Album Review

Ruth Goller: Skyllumina

Read "Skyllumina" reviewed by Chris May


The Italian-born, British-based bassist and composer Ruth Goller has been rattling jazz's cage since 2007, the year she joined Acoustic Ladyland. The band was in the vanguard of what became known as “jazz punk," although its sound was closer to metal than classic punk, and the lineup included tenor saxophonist Pete Wareham and drummer Sebastian Rochford. Four years later, Acoustic Ladyland disbanded and Goller and Wareham morphed into Melt Yourself Down, where they were joined by tenor saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings ...

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In Pictures

David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience at The Roads Bistro

Read "David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience at The Roads Bistro" reviewed by Mark Robbins


The Roads Bistro--a new restaurant / listening room--has recently opened in Virginia Beach, VA. Located in a strip mall across the street from the Tidewater Community College, one would be surprised to learn it's the current home of some of the best food and best jazz in the area. Owner, Michael Baldwin, has defied the odds and fulfilled his dream of opening a club. Music is performed nightly with Tuesday reserved for a jazz jam but other nights can also ...

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Book Review

Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon

Read "Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon" reviewed by Doug Collette


Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon Joel Selvin 288 Pages ISBN: #978-1635768992 Diversion Books2024 In keeping with the title of Drums & Demons, Joel Selvin's account of The Tragic Story of Jim Gordon is a schizophrenic piece of work. A seasoned journalist who's distinguished himself with a disinterested yet frank objectivity in past publications like Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day ...

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Album Review

Mike LeDonne: Wonderful!

Read "Wonderful!" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In jazz's rich tapestry, where tradition meets innovations, there emerged a convergence exemplified by the present release Wonderful! with the virtuosic Mike LeDonne's Groover Quartet + Gospel Choir, who embark on a transcendent journey into the heart of gospel- infused jazz. The project is informed by LeDonne's desire to offer a heartfelt tribute to his wife Margaret and daughter Mary to showcase the spirited and varied nature of the disability community. Participating in this harmonious affair are the long-time members ...

Album Review

Randy Bernsen: Heart Mind and Soul

Read "Heart Mind and Soul" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Randy Bernsen, a guitarist, and composer whose roots trace back to Needham, Massachusetts before embedding himself in the vibrant musical scene of South Florida, has long been a figure within the jazz and fusion communities. His journey began with early collaborations with Jaco Pastorius and has evolved into a rich solo career that spans over three decades. His eleventh studio album, Heart Mind and Soul, is a set of six songs guided by his vast experiences and brought to life ...

Radio & Podcasts

Amanda Gardier, Ill Considered, De Beren Gieren, Marty Isenberg & More

Read "Amanda Gardier, Ill Considered, De Beren Gieren, Marty Isenberg & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Today we focus on new albums by two revered European bands, De Beren Gieren and Ill Considered, and a peculiar case of artistic synchronicity: two intriguing records of music inspired by the films of Wes Anderson, which have been independently but almost simulatenously concocted by Amanda Gardier and Marty Isenberg in 2022 and recently released.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 De Beren Gieren “The Houses" What Eludes Us ...

Radio & Podcasts

John Zorn’s Masada, Tommy Flanagan, Jeff Parker

Read "John Zorn’s Masada, Tommy Flanagan, Jeff Parker" reviewed by David Brown


This week a trio of works featuring guitarist Jeff Parker, we then work our way tough a pile of recently acquired '80s LPs featuring lots of Tommy Flanagan, some Mulgrew Miller and Ronnie Mathews; and finally, we revisit John Zorn's Masada Quartet--leaders of the Radical Jewish Cultural movement of the '90s--who made their first recordings 30 years ago this week in 1994. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each ...

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Interview

Ruth Goller: Basso Profundo

Read "Ruth Goller: Basso Profundo" reviewed by Chris May


Altogether easier to talk to than is suggested by the stage makeup in the photo above, Ruth Goller reveals herself as totally down-home when, some ten minutes into this interview, the conversation turns to International Anthem, the Chicago-based label that has released her second solo album, Skyllumina. “I feel so lucky to have them," says Goller. “Because whenever I ask them something, the answer is always 'what's best for the music?' Never 'what's best for selling records?' or stuff like ...

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Album Review

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Tidal Currents: East Meets West

Read "Tidal Currents: East Meets West" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When it comes to appraising contemporary big bands, Canada's Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra is on equal footing with the best of them. For its seventh album, Tidal Currents, the WJO has engaged two of that country's leading jazz composers, Jill Townsend and Christine Jensen, to present in musical terms impressions of places that have a special meaning to them, in particular the bodies of water that inspired them in their younger years and up to this point in time.


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