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Day 3 at Newport Jazz Festival: Hearing the Future and Honoring the History

Read "Day 3 at Newport Jazz Festival: Hearing the Future and Honoring the History" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Sunday, the fest's final day, was glorious, with perfect weather and large, enthusiastic crowds. Friday and Saturday had killer lineups, but the festival arguably saved the best for last. There were a total of 17 acts. This included young emerging stars such as Samara Joy and Matthew Whitaker. My festival experience was bookended by two octogenarians, Charles McPherson and Herbie Hancock. Both were in peak form and among the day's ...

Album Review

Joshua Redman: Where Are We

Read "Where Are We" reviewed by Dave Linn

After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1986, Joshua Redman (son of jazz legend Dewey Redman) won a full scholarship to Harvard, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1991. He was accepted at Yale Law School to become a lawyer. Instead, he embarked on a musical career which quickly turned luminous. He won the Thelonious Monk Institute's prestigious jazz saxophone competition in 1991, before moving to Brooklyn, becoming part of the thriving scene there. His debut album, Joshua Redman ...

Album Review

Redman / Mehldau / McBride / Blade: Long Gone

Read "Long Gone" reviewed by Scott Gudell

The mid-1990s saw the first recorded and officially preserved union of four up-and-coming jazz newcomers--Joshua Redman (saxophone,) Christian McBride (bass,) Brad Mehldau (piano) and Brian Blade (drums.) All four were dedicated followers of classic jazz and came together, but soon scattered and began charting their own individual courses. There was a long delay before they reunited for a second quartet recording in 2020. By then, each and every one of them had earned the respect of their peers and risen ...

Live Review

Bologna Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Bologna Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bologna Jazz Festival 2022 Bologna, Forlì, Ferrara Varie sedi 27.10—27.11.2022 Oltre cinquanta concerti distribuiti in diciotto location diverse, soprattutto a Bologna ma anche a Forlì e Ferrara. Il Bologna Jazz Festival 2022 ha confermato la sua estensione territoriale e la consistenza del suo cartellone, ed ha nel contempo recuperato l'arco temporale degli ultimi anni pre-Covid, occupando un mese esatto dalla fine di ottobre alla fine di novembre. I concerti sono stati affiancati ...

Album Review

Melvin Rhyne: Boss Organ

Read "Boss Organ" reviewed by Chris May

Originally released on CD on the Criss Cross label in 1993, Hammond B3 organist Melvin Rhyne's Boss Organ is issued here for the first time on vinyl. Spanish archive label Elemental, under license from Criss Cross, has repackaged it as a double LP in a gatefold sleeve on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. It is a blinder. Not because Rhyne deals in surging, heavily amped block chords, a la Jimmy Smith, but because his style is utterly unlike that, ...

Live Review

Joshua Redman: A MoodSwing Reunion at Hill Auditorium

Read "Joshua Redman: A MoodSwing Reunion at Hill Auditorium" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

A MoodSwing Reunion Hill Auditorium University Musical Society's Jazz Series Ann Arbor, Michigan April 21, 2022 Back in the '80s and '90s, all the big record labels were pouring boat loads of cash into a younger generation of jazz wannabes that eventually became known as the Young Lions. In hindsight, the return on their investments was somewhat less than desirable, with many names to sink far below the radar of the record buying public ...

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 ...


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