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Glenn Zottola & Chick Corea: The Legend & I

Read "The Legend & I" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With his untimely passing in February 2021, accolades emanated worldwide from musicians, critics and fans about multi-Grammy winner Chick Corea. What was less known then is the fact that Corea and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Glen Zottola were not only longtime close pals, but frequently interacted musically. The Legend & I is an artistic culmination of that friendship and professional relationship. And, as might be expected from artists of this caliber, the result is spectacular. The album offers a ...

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Glenn Zottola & Chick Corea: The Legend & I

Read "The Legend & I" reviewed by Edward Blanco

There have been several musical tributes to the late great Armando Anthony “Chick" Corea since his untimely passing in February, 2021, mostly from fellow musicians. However, The Legend and I is an intimate musical portrait from LA multi-instrumentalist Glenn Zottola who just happened to be one of Corea's best long-time personal friends. As Zottola affirms “He was my best friend and is dearly missed, but I know he will continue to create as that was his relentless purpose in life." ...

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Edward Simon: 25 Years

Read "25 Years" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Al pubblico del jazz non piacciono molto le compilations ma questa del pianista Edward Simon è speciale. I diciassette brani del doppio CD sono stati scelti da lui--come bilancio e riflessione personale nel 25° anno della sua attività da leader--e forniscono una variopinta retrospettiva delle sue tappe musicali. «L'idea mi è venuta l'anno scorso (2019) quando ho compito 50 anni--ha detto al Columbia Daily Tribune--La raccolta è nata da uno spirito di celebrazione e dalla consapevolezza di quante cose siano ...

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Edward Simon: 25 Years

Read "25 Years" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Edward Simon immigrated to the United States from his native Venezuela while still in his teens. He stayed, and carved out a successful career in music. His fiftieth birthday rolled around, and the artist decided it was time to take a look and listen back. In a musical journey that spans the titular 25 Years, Simon has crafted a lot of music, employing a Latin/jazz/classical approach with a seemingly effortless refinement, making sounds that are unfailingly engaging and beautiful. ...


Adam Cruz: Making Some Room

Read "Adam Cruz: Making Some Room" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Playing drums with some of the finest musicians around, touring the globe with them, and teaching music can be a lot on the plate of a person fortunate enough--and talented enough--to find themselves in that situation. In fact, that's a solid career.But for Adam Cruz--a much sought-after drummer on the New York City scene when he's not touring with Danilo Pérez or David Sánchez and doing other projects of that ilk--there was always more. Composing and pursuing his ...

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Adam Cruz: Milestone

Read "Milestone" reviewed by William Carey

Inevitably, with the release of any recording done under a drummer's leadership, there is discussion over whether it is a drummer's record or not--understandable in that drummers are the great unsung heroes of most recordings and it is always exciting to have the opportunity to “give the drummer some," in the words of the great Maceo Parker. What this means however, is far from clear. Is it that the drummer has written the tunes or takes a lot of solo ...

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Adam Cruz: Milestone

Read "Milestone" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Per i veri artisti un'incisione discografica è il frutto di urgenza espressiva, non di promozione autoreferenziale. In questa ristretta schiera rientra il batterista e percussionista Adam Cruz, da almeno vent'anni in auge sulla scena jazzistica statunitense in veste di eclettico e prezioso sideman. Ora è venuto il momento della primo disco da leader, per estendere alla sfera compositiva il suo drumming duttile e ben articolato. Colpisce prima di tutto la varietà nella disposizione timbrica del tappeto sonoro, che sin dall'iniziale ...


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