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Margherita Fava: Tatatu

Read "Tatatu" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Italian pianist Margherita Fava comes across as a mature composer and a sensitive performer on her captivating debut Tatatu. Based in Knoxville Tennessee, USA, Fava is a consummate musician and educator whose unique set of talents is on full display here as she leads a quartet on two covers and six of her poetic originals. For instance, her “Tidal Waves" has a mystical atmosphere. Over the rhythm trio's percolating refrains saxophonist Greg Tardy lets loose a lyrical melody ...

Radio & Podcasts

Greg Tardy, Sammy Nestico & Elvin Jones

Read "Greg Tardy, Sammy Nestico & Elvin Jones" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From modern day saxophonist Greg Tardy, we swing into the 685th Episode of Neon Jazz. This show features a host of songs from artists who released music during 2020. We also talked to quite a few musicians during that pandemic year for their wisdom and insights into survival during an era of no live music. They include David Sills, Sara Caswell and Michelle Lordi. Finally, we say farewell to prolific composer Sammy Nestico. Playlist Greg Tardy “I Swing ...

Album Review

Ferenc Nemeth: Freedom

Read "Freedom" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Like a playground for improvisation, Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth's newest recording abounds with joy and, in accord with the album title, a strong sense of Freedom. Not only does Freedom continue the bassless concept of his 2012 release Triumph (Dreamers Collective), but the New York-based percussionist allows himself to tap his intuition, often leading to simpler structures and minimal harmonic progressions. It is in such melodically generous frames that Nemeth--accompanied by his compatriot Tzumo Arpad on keys and Gregory Tardy ...

Album Review

Elio Villafranca: Cinque

Read "Cinque" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Questo doppio CD è dedicato alla memoria di Joseph Cinque, che nel 1839 capeggiò la rivolta degli schiavi africani imbarcati sulla nave Amistad con destinazione Cuba e le sue piantagioni di zucchero. È un progetto ambizioso sulla diaspora africana in cui la narrazione vocale delle vicende storiche ben si combina ad un sontuoso apparato musicale, articolato in una suite di cinque movimenti. A fare da trait d'union, l'ancestrale retroterra ritmico della regione congolese, su cui vengono di volta in volta ...

Album Review

Greg Tardy: Hope

Read "Hope" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Mantenere viva una tradizione artistica, esaltandola e rinnovandone i valori, non è così secondario rispetto a innovare. Nato a New Orleans cinquant'anni fa, cresciuto artisticamente sotto la tutela di Ellis Marsalis, Greg Tardy è uno dei migliori sassofonisti della sua generazione e da alcuni anni s'è legato alla SteepleChase (questo è il settimo disco con l'etichetta) producendo un modern mainstream di valore, dove evidenzia le sue doti di compositore e solista. La sua carriera ...

Extended Analysis

The Caribbean Tinge: Live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Read "The Caribbean Tinge: Live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Ever since the jazz was created in the clubs and dancehalls of New Orleans, there was always a significant influence from the Caribbean region, specifically from Cuba. The island, which was just a ferry ride from the port city, had such a significant effect on the development of the music that Jelly Roll Morton always spoke of the importance of Afro-Cuban based rhythms (the Spanish Tinge) in creating and performing this nascent music. However, it was the arrival of a ...


Greg Tardy: Wherever He Wants Me

Read "Greg Tardy: Wherever He Wants Me" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] This past August, I did a concert with The Greg Tardy Quintet at Small's Jazz Club in New York City. The performance was significant in that it was the first time (except for one other gig earlier in the month) that I had shared the stage with tenor saxophonist Tardy in nearly a decade. I decided that he was a musician who would be interesting ...


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