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Album Review

Christian Artmann: The Middle of Life

Read "The Middle of Life" reviewed by Troy Dostert


As he continues to do his part in maintaining the relevance of the flute in contemporary jazz, Christian Artmann also provides plenty of food for thought in his wide-ranging, thoughtfully constructed compositions. There is a contemplative dimension to his vision, evident on Our Story (Sunnyside, 2018), which explored the interdependency of human relationships through the lens of his Buddhist faith; and it is also present on his latest release, which involves taking stock of this moment in the planet's fragile ...

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Album Review

Laszlo Gardony: Close Connection

Read "Close Connection" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The close connection between pianist Laszlo Gardony, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel is clear and present in the music they produce together. With more than two decades of shared experiences on the bandstand and a fair number of very fine albums to boot, this crew thinks, breathes and moves as one. For this, their latest go-round following Life in Real Time (Sunnyside, 2015), and Gardony's post-pandemic return to studio recording, they split focus between originals from the leader's ...

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Liner Notes

Yoron Israel: Visions – Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Read "Yoron Israel: Visions – Tribute to Stevie Wonder" reviewed by Howard Mandel


One of the enlightening insights drummer and bandleader Yoron Israel brings to Visions, The Music of Stevie Wonder is that Wonder's hits are true jazz compositions, with inherent swing and groove. Not only have the easy-to-love melodies of Stevland Hardaway Morris (b. May 13, 1950) become staples of the modern American soundtrack, they naturally trigger our most fundamentally human physical response: the graceful, unified movement of body and soul. The rhythmic impulse Yoron Israel and each member of ...

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Album Review

Yoron Israel: Connection: Live at the Blue Note

Read "Connection: Live at the Blue Note" reviewed by Bud Callahan


Yoron Israel should be no stranger to Jazz fans. He is an active jazz educator on the faculty at Rutgers for the past seven years, and has often been a featured artist in residence at the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Workshops. His latest CD with his sextet, Connection, is a live recording from the Blue Note in March, 1998. Connection has been together for several years and this unity supports Israel in the doubly difficult task of drummer and bandleader. ...


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