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Tom Kennedy: New Start

Read "New Start" reviewed by Jim Worsley

When thinking of bassist Tom Kennedy, it can be instinctive to think of drummer Dave Weckl. Or vice versa. The two became friends and musical colleagues in their early teens. That is roughly a half century of playing, recording, touring, and much more together. Kennedy is known around the world as a premier, elite jazz and fusion electric bassist. Weckl has the same notoriety and brilliant skill set behind his drum kit. One could go on at length about their ...

Album Review

Dial and DeRosa: Keep Swingin'

Read "Keep Swingin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Keep Swingin', a splendid new album from pianist Garry Dial and drummer Rich DeRosa, features “the music of Charlie Banacos." Charlie who? you may ask. And the answer is, there are jazz educators, and then there was Charlie Banacos, whose talent and ingenuity in the classroom influenced and inspired countless jazz musicians for more than fifty years. During that time, he designed more than a hundred courses of study and wrote half a dozen books on composition and improvisation.

Radio & Podcasts

Eleven is the Loneliest Number

Read "Eleven is the Loneliest Number" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Many years ago, bastard Mike suggested that our anniversary shows feature groups comprised of as many members as the anniversary was of years. How's that for a mouthful (mindful?) Anyway, good idea until right about now. Eleven is an awkward number unless you're fielding a footie team, and the boys have some issues finding albums that fit the bill or even glance in the direction of this anniversary. Next year, all bets are off.Playlist Discussion of Gil Evans' ...

Album Review

House of Waters: On Becoming

Read "On Becoming" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Flowing in many directions yet forever staying in the moment is largely the challenge and artistic purpose of House of Waters. Here they once again bring forth new and creative concepts that are freely exchanged and intertwined. New beginnings, drawn from multiple sources, as well as further exploration of the past, create the wonder, awe, and awareness of On Becoming. The dulcimer was not part of mainstream culture until Max ZT put it on the map. Joining with six string ...

Live Review

Mike Stern Live at the Birchmere

Read "Mike Stern Live at the Birchmere" reviewed by Dave Dorkin

Mike Stern The Birchmere Alexandria, Virginia February 8, 2023 Mike Stern brought his band to the Birchmere for a rousing set of jazz and fusion as energetic as Stern has ever been, even at 70 years of age. The set spanned works from Stern's most recent recordings all the way back to an updated version of his classic tune “Chromazone." Mike's rhythm section featured Baltimore-area legends Dennis Chambers on drums and Gary Grainger on ...

Radio & Podcasts

Mike Stern, John Scofield, Chris Potter, Plus New And Recent Releases

Read "Mike Stern, John Scofield, Chris Potter, Plus New And Recent Releases" reviewed by Len Davis

Old favourites from Niacin, Nguyen Le, Chris Potter, John Scofield and Mike Stern. Plus Janek Gwizdala, Terri Lyne Carrington and Benny Rietveld. Playlist Niacin “Panic Button" from Deep (Magna Carta) 00:00 Nguyen Le “South Saturn Delta" from Purple ACT) Time Marker Chris Potter “Next Best Western" from Underground Quartet (Universal) Time Marker Janek Gwizdala “Time Stands Still" from Mystery To Me (Self Produced) Time Marker Terri Lyne Carrington “Hobo's Flat" from Real Life Story (Verve) Time Marker Benny ...


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