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Album Review

Chris Potter: Eagle's Point

Read "Eagle's Point" reviewed by Chris May


The question that comes to mind after listening to Eagle's Point is this: why have the four musicians, who have known each other since the 1990s, never recorded together before? For the combination of Chris Potter, Brad Mehldau, John Patitucci and Brian Blade is a real meeting of minds; the stars are in perfect alignment. Potter's previous release, Got The Keys To The Kingdom (Edition, 2023), was a live set, recorded at New York's Village Vanguard, and ...

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Album Review

Bill Evans: The Legendary Trio At Birdland 1960 Revisited

Read "The Legendary Trio At Birdland 1960 Revisited" reviewed by John Eyles


Keen-eyed Bill Evans aficionados will know that this album is the pianist's third in the Revisited series by ezz-thetics, following At The Village Vanguard 1961 Revisited and the double-CD Duos with Jim Hall & Trios '64 & '65 Revisited, both released in 2023. “The Legendary Trio" refers to the threesome of Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian, the same group that recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1961. The Legendary Trio was brought to a tragic end ten ...

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Album Review

Mikko Innanen / Cedric Piromalli / Stefan Pasborg: Can You Hear It?

Read "Can You Hear It?" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


In the world of jazz, where the unexpected often becomes the standard, the sophomore album from the international trio of Mikko Innanen, Stefan Pasborg and Cédric Piromall, aptly named Can You Hear It?, plays like a delightful curveball that even seasoned jazz aficionados didn't see coming. This album is to conventional jazz what a saxophone solo is to a quiet library--utterly captivating and wonderfully out of place. Imagine if the Hammond organ got bored of its usual gigs ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Drummers Cindy Blackman Santana, Senri Kawaguchi, Mark Lettieri and Snarky Puppy

Read "Drummers Cindy Blackman Santana, Senri Kawaguchi, Mark Lettieri and Snarky Puppy" reviewed by Len Davis


British Guitarist Jack Gardner with bassist Henrik Linder, Hungarian guitarist Mike Gotthard, and drummers Cindy Blackman Santana and Senri Kawaguchi. Christian Scott's R+R Now, Mark Lettieri's Things Of That Nature and Snarky Puppy's Immigrance. Finnish guitarist Jere Haakana, Serbian band Bosque and from France Shob'sVoraces. Playlist Owane “U.T.F.F" from Shred Redemption (Self Produced) 00:00 Mike Gotthard “9 Wheels" from 9 Wheels (Self Produced) 06:16 Senri Kawaguchi “Panic Man" from Dynamogenic (King Records) 12:30 Cindy Blackman Santana “Velocity" from ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Wendell Harrison, Rudy Royston, Grant Green & Vin Venezia

Read "Wendell Harrison, Rudy Royston, Grant Green & Vin Venezia" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From guitarist Vin Venezia, we begin the 844th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from his 2024 album The Venetian. We then get into his primary influence with Wes Montgomery. From there, we explore an impressive array of new jazz from the likes of Molly Miller, Cliff Beach and Lori Bell. We also hear new music from the esteemed Lisa Hilton and Wendell Harrison. We finish off the hour with Grant Green and music from his 1961 Blue Note release, ...

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Multiple Reviews

Blue Note Connoisseur Reissues: Grant Green, Andrew Hill, Hank Mobley, Don Wilkerson, George Braith, Booker Ervin

Read "Blue Note Connoisseur Reissues: Grant Green, Andrew Hill, Hank Mobley, Don Wilkerson, George Braith, Booker Ervin" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


This article was first published at All About Jazz in April 2001. Since 1995, Blue Note has been pleasing hardcore fans with a special reissue series that sports a very simple premise: w'll print up some of the catalog's most obscure titles as long as you buy them up quickly, because they'll only be around for a limited time. As a result, w've seen a great degree of variety within the catalog, from the early recordings of German ...

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Multiple Reviews

Two-Trumpet Cacophony

Read "Two-Trumpet Cacophony" reviewed by AAJ Staff


This article was first published at All About Jazz in February 2002. Miles had it figured out: never record with another trumpeter in a small group setting--it just don't work. Or was it his ego? Two, three, and multi-trumpet small group ensembles represent an obscure configuration in modern jazz. This position contrasts sharply with the notoriety and abundance of two-tenor saxophone lineups: Johnny Griffin and Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis' “Tough Tenors" act of the early '60s immediately comes ...

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Opinion

Can You Judge an Album By Its Label?

Read "Can You Judge an Album By Its Label?" reviewed by Dave Hughes


This article was first published at All About Jazz in March 1999. For almost as long as there have been record labels, many labels have sought to build a reputation or a brand identity for themselves in terms of the genre of music presented on their labels or the technical quality of their product. Some of the largest and longest-running labels, such as Columbia, RCA, and Warner Brothers, have taken a “big tent" approach in which major artists ...

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Radio & Podcasts

A Conversation with Peter Bernstein

Read "A Conversation with Peter Bernstein" reviewed by David Bixler


The week of March 5 guitarist Peter Bernstein brings a quartet to the Village Vanguard in New York City that includes pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Doug Weiss, and the iconic drummer Al Foster. In this episode of LINER NOTES Peter expresses a genuine gratitude for being able to play music. He also offers insights on how he personally approaches this music as a guitarist, sharing valuable lessons learned from his legendary teachers Gene Bertoncini, Ted Dunbar, and Jim Hall.

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Radio & Podcasts

Dave Wish (Music Will): The Kids Are Alright… With Music Education

Read "Dave Wish (Music Will): The Kids Are Alright… With Music Education" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Today, the Spotlight shines On Dave Wish, founder and Chief Vision Officer for Music Will. This nonprofit organization funds and runs one of the largest instrumental and vocal music programs in US public schools. Dave, a former Palo Alto, California school teacher, launched Music Will due to frustration with the lack of music programming in his school. He started by borrowing instruments from friends and hitting area flea markets for deals. From there, he began offering free guitar ...


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