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Ambrose Akinmusire, ladyybirdd, Enji, Joseph Branciforte, Theo Bleckmann

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire, ladyybirdd, Enji, Joseph Branciforte, Theo Bleckmann" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We may regret missing out on the time when some of our jazz idols were building the foundation of the music we love, but we can still fantasize about them. We are lucky, however, to live at a time when there is a number of modern masters in action. One of them is trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, for whom 2023 was a remarkable year. Here we focus on the wide range of releases he has worked on, as well as on ...

Live Review

Ambrose Akinmusire and Bill Frisell at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire and Bill Frisell at The Theatre at Ace Hotel" reviewed by Josef Woodard

Ambrose Akinmusire and Bill FrisellThe Theatre at Ace HotelLos Angeles, California October 14, 2023 In playing the imaginary match game, in which we speculate on jazz musicians who would and should get along beautifully, the conjoining of Ambrose Akinmusire and Bill Frisell could seem like a no-brainer. Thankfully, this particular partnering fait accompli has recently been accomplished and is going public. Akinmusire is releasing his Owl Song project with Frisell on Nonesuch--his first for that ...

Album Review

Benjamin Boone: Caught in the Rhythm

Read "Caught in the Rhythm" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The connection between poetry and jazz music is a delicate one. It has been documented so infrequently, in performance and recordings, that one still conjures the flicker of an image of Jack Kerouac reading in some dark Greenwich Village cafe with Steve Allen or Zoot Sims, surrounded by beret-wearing, cappuccino-sipping beatniks. The work of Fresno-based saxophonist Benjamin Boone has assisted in widening that view through four albums recorded for the Origin Records label, including the fourth, Caught in the Rhythm ...

Album Review

Billy Childs: The Winds of Change

Read "The Winds of Change" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Billy Childs, one of the most critically acclaimed pianists in modern jazz, is in high demand as a modern classical composer. He has played and composed music ranging from orchestral to chamber works to contemporary small ensemble jazz. This has brought him five Grammy awards to date. Starting as a pianist in his native Los Angeles, he then spent six years with Freddie Hubbard's band before becoming a leader in his own right. He has performed with a ...

Liner Notes

David Binney: Barefooted Town

Read "David Binney: Barefooted Town" reviewed by Josef Woodard

Continuing Saga of the Strong Seeker I remember distinctly during the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival, sifting through and measuring up the usual blur of stimuli, seeking out the prizes among prizes in the program. In one corner, there was Wayne Shorter, in the finest of his performance I'd ever heard—playing up his suits as composer and soloist by meshing his free-wheeling quartet and the score-heeding Imani Winds. And then, in another corner, as part of the late night haunt of ...

Album Review

Tigran Hamasyan: Stand Art

Read "Stand Art" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Many jazz pianists start out by playing tunes from the standard pop and jazz repertoires before tackling their own compositions. Tigran Hamasyan has gone in the opposite direction. He has been recording original works and traditional Armenian songs since 2005. Now, on his eleventh album, he finally gets around to playing American standards. Hamasyan leads a trio here with Matt Brewer on bass and Justin Brown on drums, occasionally helped out by tenor saxophonists Mark Turner and Joshua ...

Live Review

Trefoil: Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Gerald Cleaver at The Bop Stop

Read "Trefoil: Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Gerald Cleaver at The Bop Stop" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Trefoil: Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Gerald Cleaver Bop Stop jny:Cleveland, Ohio March 20, 2022 With a distinguished resume that includes his 2007 wins in both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire still finds himself traveling under the radar of the general jazz listening public. Grammy nominations and appearances with a wide range of artists from Joni Mitchell to Kendrick Lamar have served ...


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