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Brilliant Corners 2020

Read "Brilliant Corners 2020" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2020 Various Venues jny:Belfast, N. Ireland February 27 to March 7, 2020 Maybe it's global warming, for just as the first bloom of spring in these strange times appears in February, so too, Brilliant Corners starts ever earlier. From its first, modest edition over three days in mid-March 2013, Belfast's only jazz festival has gradually fattened into a ten-day feast. But instead of reaching towards the warmer days of Spring, ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Øyvind Braekke: Wilderness

Read "Wilderness" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Best known for his work with fellow countrymen Trygve Seim, Per Oddvar Johansen and Mats Eilertsen on ECM's The Source (ECM 2006), trombonist Øyvind Braekke belongs among Norway's hidden treasures as far as arrangers and composers go. On Wilderness he displays delicate oversight at arranging six voices so that each instrument conveys a unique purpose. From intimate dialogues to orchestral proportions, the sextet covers a large spectrum sonically as well as compositionally--delivering a diversified yet conceptually determined set of exciting ...

JUST FOR FUN

The Fabulous Nicknames Of Jazz

Read "The Fabulous Nicknames Of Jazz" reviewed by Gloria Krolak

Nicknames. Used to be that every baseball player worth his ash bat earned a nickname. The Babe, Yogi Berra, The Kid, Three Finger. Football and basketball were no different. Boomer Esiason, Big Spain, Birdman, Air Jordan. While soccer in America seems to have escaped this mostly male preoccupation of renaming people, golf, that most courteous sport, has its share as well. The Golden Bear, Pink Panther, The Great White Shark. In music, particularly in jazz, nicknames were plentiful, ...

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Jazzrausch Bigband: Beethoven's Breakdown

Read "Beethoven's Breakdown" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The big names of bebop made a splash in the music world by brashly turning convention on its head. Black Sabbath first catalyzed heavy metal into the force we know today. Punk was invented by either Link Wray, the New York Dolls or (depending on how you look at it) Cheech and Chong. Still, for taking risks and flouting rules, they were already following in footsteps hundreds of years old. Those names could have hardly hoped to be more disruptive ...

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Anthony Jefferson: All I Am

Read "All I Am" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Male vocal artists such as Al Jarreau, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Lou Rawls, Brook Benton, et al maintained the vibrancy of the classic crooners of the Golden Age--Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, et al. With All I Am Anthony Jefferson does a superb job of artistically paying tribute to many of these iconic names--and to other more contemporary male singers. Jefferson and his team deliver eleven exceptionally well-performed selections--most of which are GAS workhorses or ...

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Sebastian Bailey: Ensemble de Magnac

Read "Ensemble de Magnac" reviewed by Jim Olin

Quebec-based composer-saxophonist Sebastian Bailey is primarily focused on chamber jazz on his latest EP, and his innovative ear guides each track. Ensemble de Magnac summarizes Bailey's creative vision quite well, especially his ability to create a diverse and engaging soundscape. The music on this release has a classic sound and the production aesthetics are solid, highlighting the natural chemistry between these talented musicians. The record's spotlight on chamber jazz allows the line-up to create a thick sonic fabric ...

RADIO

The Soul Jazz Guitar of Montgomery, Burrell and Green (1960 - 1965)

Read "The Soul Jazz Guitar of Montgomery, Burrell and Green (1960 - 1965)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Hard bop created a comfortable setting for a suite of great blues-influenced guitar players who led the way toward soul jazz. Several of these players were from the mid-west -Wes Montgomery from Indianapolis, Grant Green from St. Louis and Detroit's Kenny Burrell. The next three hours of Jazz at 100 will present music from the 1960s that combined the heavy beat and blues-influenced phrasing of R&B with the harmonic discoveries of bebop to create a style loosely called Soul Jazz, ...


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