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Etienne Charles: Creole Orchestra Featuring René Marie

Read "Creole Orchestra Featuring René Marie" reviewed by Chris May

Trinidad-born Etienne Charles has been fortunate in his associates during his development as a jazz musician. One of the first friends he made on arrival in the U.S.A. in the early 2000s to study at Florida State University was faculty member Marcus Roberts. Among much else, the pianist taught Charles the importance of keeping in touch with his roots. “He always said make sure you put where you're from in your music," says Charles in the press materials accompanying his ...

Live Review

Weather Bird: Sullivan Fortner and Ambrose Akinmusire at Rackham Auditorium

Read "Weather Bird: Sullivan Fortner and Ambrose Akinmusire at Rackham Auditorium" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Weather Bird: Sullivan Fortner and Ambrose Akinmusire Rackham Auditorium 27th Performance of the UMS 145th Annual Season Ann Arbor, MI March 22, 2024 When it comes to its annual concert series, Ann Arbor's University Musical Society utilizes Hill Auditorium and the Michigan Theater as the venues for the majority of its performances. When this rare appearance of pianist Sullivan Fortner and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire was set to take place at another performance space on ...

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Judy Niemack: What's Love?

Read "What's Love?" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Potrebbe non essere gentile iniziare questa recensione ricordando l'età della signora Niemack ma per un'artista ancora così attrattiva ed efficace, l'imminenza dei settant'anni non rappresenta un problema. La cantante californiana mantiene la sua cifra espressiva, aggiungendo nuove ombreggiature vocali e un incedere più intimo e colloquiale, come evidenzia in questo disco. Come altri recenti progetti il lavoro ha subito un arresto per le restrizioni sociali della pandemia che ha fatto saltare la presentazione al Village Vanguard tre ...

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Sullivan Fortner: Solo Game

Read "Solo Game" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Partner preferito di Cécile McLorin Salvant, con cui ha inciso tre dischi, Sullivan Fortner è tra i pianisti più autorevoli della sua generazione. Le doti evidenti sono il magistero tecnico, la ricercatezza stilistica e l'equilibrio che pone tra rispetto della tradizione e ricerca personale. Nel suo percorso professionale di oltre quindici anni ha inciso solo tre dischi a suo nome (l'ultimo, Moments Preserved è di cinque anni fa), mentre le collaborazioni con altri sono numerose e significative: Roy ...

Album Review

Sullivan Fortner: Solo Game

Read "Solo Game" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Mentored by Fred Hersch and Jason Moran, and produced by Hersch, Solo Game puts pianist Sullivan Fortner in a really good place. That is before the music even starts. Then it does start with a sly and subdued solo on Stevie Wonder's buoyant 1973 top tenner, “Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing," while dropping subtle hints to the trip ahead, forged by Fortner's quixotic self. Fortner, who has steadily grown a discography which includes his own quartet recording ...

Radio & Podcasts

Sullivan Fortner, Elsa Nilsson, Isaiah Collier, Endea Owens & More

Read "Sullivan Fortner, Elsa Nilsson, Isaiah Collier, Endea Owens & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou, Ryuichi Sakamoto, the crazy world we live in, and the world immigrants left behind are some of the sources of inspiration of the intriguing music featured this week.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Isaiah Collier “Retreat" Parallel Universe (Night Dreamer) 0:16 Host talks 8:15 Endea Owens “For the People" Feel Good Music (BassBae Music) 10:00 Host talks 16:40 Sullivan Fortner “Don't You Worry About ...

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Samara Joy: A Joyful Holiday

Read "A Joyful Holiday" reviewed by Dave Linn

It's been a whirlwind 15 months for Samara Joy. After announcing she signed with Verve, her debut for the label, Linger Awhile (2022) was released to great acclaim. She was then nominated (and won) two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal. The success of that record was followed up with Linger Awhile Deluxe Edition (Verve, 2023) containing another album's worth of material. Joy has also put out a single, “Tight," where she pays tribute to Betty Carter ...


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