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Meet Mary Foster Conklin

Read "Meet Mary Foster Conklin" reviewed by AAJ Staff

About Mary Foster Conklin Mary Foster Conklin is a jazz vocalist based in jny: New York City. She hosts A Broad Spectrum, a weekly broadcast celebrating women composers and lyricists on Sunday afternoons on the HD2 channel at WFDU FM based at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. The campus closed down in March due to the pandemic, so the show is now prerecorded in her apartment (with the long distance assistance of engineer Jay Daniels, two tin cans ...

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Nocturnal Four: Light In The World

Read "Light In The World" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A band of the night embraces light. It's an equipoise in interests that propels this outing to great depths and heights. Croatian guitarist Ratko Zjaca, long a proponent for cross-cultural exchange in music, uses this dark yet illuminating platform to sow the seeds of accord with a band of brothers from different motherlands. He reunites with Italian saxophonist Stefano Bedetti and Slovenian organist Renato Chicco, who proved to be his perfect match(es) on Life on Earth (In ...

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In memoriam: Alessandro Giachero

Read "In memoriam: Alessandro Giachero" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Only with a very heavy heart one can write an obituary for a young friend and great musician who left this world suddenly, prematurely and unjustly, leaving his colleagues and pupils, but above all his family, in mourning. It will hopefully be useful to leave a trace of his musical contributions and a lead for future listeners. Softly-spoken, reserved, much loved by colleagues and students, Alessandro Giachero never threw anything in-your-face--not his music, not his presence, nor his ...

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Dustin Laurenzi's Natural Language: A Time And A Place

Read "A Time And A Place" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When Chicago tenor saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi dedicates a song “Albert" on A Time And A Place to the the Holy Ghost of the avant- garde, Albert Ayler, he doesn't follow what most impersonators do and scream “ALBERT" at you. He builds upon a simple melody pattern (Ayler-like) patiently magnifying the intensity and fervor. Unlike Ayler, whose music hinted he wouldn't live long (he died at 34), Laurenzi's invocation maintains an equanimity within the eruption. That's just Laurenzi being Laurenzi.

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Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases

Read "Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week our playlist is bursting at the seams with great projects, several of which explore the renewed interest in what many like to call 'spiritual jazz,' from Roberto Ottaviano to Dwight Trible's Cosmic Vibrations and Matthew Halsall out of the increasingly interesting Manchester jazz scene. The rest of the playlist alternates forward looking projects like the welcome return of Craig Taborn's Junk Magic, Supersense the multisensory project by Steph Richards with Jason Moran, or Torbjörn Zetterberg's Den Stora Frågan, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jimmy Cobb: Remembering U

Read "Remembering U" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

The death of Jimmy Cobb earlier in 2020 at 91 years of age marked the end of a singular era in jazz, as well as the career of one of the tastiest drummers in the field. Beginning in the 1950s, Cobb participated in numerous seminal recordings stretching from Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959), John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1960), Wes Montgomery's Full House (Riverside, 1962), through to a number of stellar trio sessions with pianist Wynton Kelly and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Brian Andres: Mayan Suite

Read "Mayan Suite" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Drummer and percussionist Brian Andres may have been born in Cincinnati but his musical homeland is Latin America. A drummer by age ten, Anders studied at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and eventually followed his Latin musical muse from local gigs with Cincinnati Slim & The Headhunters to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he founded and fronted the Afro-Latin Jazz Cartel. Mayan Suite extends Andres' lifelong love affair with the music of Latin America while presenting ...


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