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Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 4: The Zildjian Legacy

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 4: The Zildjian Legacy" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


They are the oldest family-owned business in the world, recognized globally by musicians from every genre. The Avedis Zildjian Company—known simply as Zildjian —traces its history to the ancient cymbals of the Middle East and Asia. Almost four hundred years ago, Avedis, an Armenian metalsmith and alchemist in seventeenth-century Istanbul, discovered a unique alloy of tin, copper, and silver with unique sound qualities. In 1618 he was using his secret amalgam to create cymbals of remarkable precision and resonance. Working ...

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Radio

Four Brand New Heavies

Read "Four Brand New Heavies" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Four recent releases by four artists new to the boys--two offering their debuts to the world. We've got a couple of vibe-meisters (is that instrument getting hot all of a sudden?), a disciple of Darcy James Argue, and a good old-fashioned small-group jazz album with a thematic thing going on. Oh yeah, and in a completely scientific poll of one listener, we beat out the brilliant classical minds on the Gramophone podcast, so there's that. Playlist Discussion of ...

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Album Review

Doug MacDonald: Live in Hawaii

Read "Live in Hawaii" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Here is a guitar-led quartet with a couple of fresh angles. First, instead of using a piano, guitarist Doug MacDonald has enlisted vibraphonist Noel Okimoto to provide the harmonic counterpoint; and second, Philadelphia-born MacDonald has temporarily forsaken his decades-long base in Southern California to return “home" to Hawaii, where he began his professional career performing with Trummy Young, Gabe Baltazar and Del Courtney. What is not new but nonetheless welcome is MacDonald's superior command of his instrument, ...

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Album Review

Kristin Callahan: Lost in a Dream

Read "Lost in a Dream" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The body of compositions known as “jazz standards" has proved to be as durable as it is long lived. These musical pieces, partially provided by the “Great American Songbook" and partially by composing jazz practitioners, have afforded artists a veritable bottomless pit of material with which to apply their own unique vision. One-hundred-plus years of recording history have resulted in a great many standard interpretations. So now it is difficult, if not aesthetically dangerous, for newer artists to delve into ...

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Album Review

Tobias Meinhart: The Painter

Read "The Painter" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


During the past decade of working the jazz clubs of New York, German tenor saxophonist Tobias Meinhart has soaked up every inch of the musical tradition he started pursuing as a drummer in Bavaria in his early teens. A keen ear for melodic development, a gift for harmonic oversight and the whims for rhythmic intricacy already graced the saxophonist's last outing, Berlin People (Sunnyside, 2018), featuring the distinctive playing of Kurt Rosenwinkel. On The Painter, however, Meinhart has now also ...

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Radio

Brand New Jazz Sounds

Read "Brand New Jazz Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne


All new releases from around the World of Jazz. A new mini-album by The Near Jazz Experience highlights the band's hypnotic improv grooves, salutes a pop hero and explores new ground in the shape of electronic beats and live sound manipulation. Pianist Ray Gallon's debut recording arrives after more than three decades of him plying his trade on stages and in studios around the world with the crème-de-la-crème of jazz. A ground-breaking album from guitarist René Lussier who is one ...

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Interview

Jeremy Monteiro: No Black Tie Required

Read "Jeremy Monteiro: No Black Tie Required" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Jeremy Monteiro has been Singapore's unofficial jazz ambassador since the late 1970s, carving out a pioneering path around the world. The first South East Asian to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the first S.E. Asian to record for the Verve label, Monteiro has made a habit of playing with the very best, from James Moody, Terumasa Hino, Ernie Watts and Jimmy Cobb to Toots Thielemans, Cassandra Wilson and Michael Brecker. His 'can-do' spirit and tireless work ...


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