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Marta Sanchez: SAAM (Spanish American Art Museum)

Read "SAAM (Spanish American Art Museum)" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


La giovane pianista madrilena Marta Sanchez, ormai da tempo di stanza a New York, dirige in questo suo nuovo lavoro, inciso nel marzo 2021, un agguerrito quintetto con doppio sax che in un brano, “Marivi," si allarga a ottetto con l'ingresso di tromba (e che tromba: Ambrose Akinmusire), voce/chitarra e synth, dando sempre la precisa impressione di riuscire a dire ciò che sta nelle sue attuali corde. Il dialogo--l'interscambio--è per lo più fitto, vitale, ma sempre dall'alto ...

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Gabriel Vicéns: The Way We Are Created

Read "The Way We Are Created" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Puerto Rican jazz guitarist & composer Gabriel Vicéns has been living in New York City since 2016 but, for this album, he chose to explore traditional Puerto Rican music (Bomba and Plena—music and dance styles born from African slavery and Caribbean influences) blended with his own compositional style. He was also exposed to Cuban Changüí, and began incorporating some stylistic devices from it into his guitar playing. The title tune begins the program with an infectious ostinato pattern ...

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Album Review

Arturo O'Farrill: Virtual Birdland

Read "Virtual Birdland" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Whenever an obstacle presents itself--even one as devastating and disruptive as a global pandemic--it's a sure bet that musicians will find a way around it, a way to keep making music even in the most grievous circumstances. Jazz musicians have been especially creative during the Covid-19 scourge, using social media, the internet and any other means at their disposal to share their music with the world. True, the paychecks aren't as large or as regular as once they were, but ...

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Album Review

Jacob Garchik: Clear Line

Read "Clear Line" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


As strange as it may sound, sometimes the best way to break free is to simply box yourself in. Limitations obviously cut off certain possibilities entirely, but they open the mind to so many others in the process. Composer (and trombonist) Jacob Garchik has long subscribed to that line of thinking and he takes it to bold heights on this, the most original, least derivative big band recording to arrive in ages. Basically throwing out the rule ...

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Album Review

Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Transparency

Read "Transparency" reviewed by John Chacona


In Cuban music, emotional grandeur and extravagant virtuosity is built on a foundation of inexhaustible rhythm. So, it's no surprise to find an abundance of juicy melodies and breathtaking drumming on Transparency from drummer and MacArthur “Genius" Fellow Dafnis Prieto. Yet for all the astonishing things he does behind the kit, what stands out on Transparency is the dazzling formal sophistication of Prieto's compositions. Eight of the nine composer credits are his and the outlier, an arrangement of ...

Album Review

Roman Filiu: Quarteria

Read "Quarteria" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


L'altosassofonista cubano Román Filiú, classe 1972, dopo un lungo girovagare approdato otto anni fa negli States (New York), trovando in particolare una sua collocazione ideale accanto a Henry Threadgill, firma quello che dovrebbe essere il terzo album a suo nome, alla testa di un settetto denominato come il disco stesso, Quarteria. La doppia ascendenza di Filiú, vale a dire le origini latine (anche musicalmente si è formato in questo contesto, prima di spostarsi per qualche tempo in ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Ron Carter, Marc Copland and Eric Dolphy

Read "Ron Carter, Marc Copland and Eric Dolphy" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 589th Show of Neon Jazz begins with the very talented Cuban-born jazz saxophonist Román Filiu and picks up more steam with the great Paquito D'Rivera. From there, we take a look into the world of Alyssa Allgood, Johnny Griffith and some Empire Strikes Back music with bass legend Ron Carter. New music from Marc Copland and Peter Kogan are profiled as we bring the hour to a close with the vibes man with KC roots Mike Dillon.


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