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Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes

Read "Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes" reviewed by Jim Worsley

From a small town in Italy to bright lights around the world, saxophonist Ada Rovatti boldly stepped into the big shoes of the late and legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker several years ago. She didn't fill them. No one could. Instead she has snugged up inside them and found her own way of expressing Brecker's music. Married to Michael's brother, the great trumpeter Randy Brecker, the emphasis has been on the Brecker Brothers' music. That is only a part of her ...

ALBUM REVIEW

George Kahn: DreamCatcher

Read "DreamCatcher" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

George Kahn is another one of those talented West Coast jazz pianists, in the fashion of Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Vince Guaraldi and Wynton Kelly. His recorded output presents a sound with a clean, bright polish, and an engaging, easy swing. Each of his previous discs shines a light on the beauty of the mainstream, especially on his terrific 2018 outing Straight Ahead (Playing Records). His tenth album, Dreamcatcher, carries on with that tradition. The group is the ...

RADIO

Ben Monder, Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller, Ralph Alessi & Rich Halley

Read "Ben Monder, Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller, Ralph Alessi & Rich Halley" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Monash University in jny: Melbourne, Australia is the home of the Sir Zelman Cowen School Of Music. It's an excellent program that believes in challenging the students. One of the ways it does that is to bring in internationally recognized artists to perform and work directly with the students. This episode presents some of those Monash sessions. Guitarist Ben Monder and trumpeter Ralph Alessi traveled from the USA while Sydney's acclaimed saxophonist Sandy Evans joined her friend, the much praised ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Tara Minton: Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid

Read "Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid" reviewed by John Eyles

Born in Melbourne, Australia, but resident in London since 2011, Tara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and song writer who straddles the boundary between jazz and contemporary composition. She has an interestingly eclectic musical history; she previously played with Melbourne Opera for some years and also toured with Björk. Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid is her second album following The Tides of Love (Self Produced, 2016). It is no coincidence that both album titles have watery connections; Minton grew ...

RADIO

Latin Jazz Fusion and more

Read "Latin Jazz Fusion and more" reviewed by Len Davis

Latin jazz fusion and much more. Playlist Dave Weckl Band “Tiempo de Festival" from Live and very Unplugged (Stretchl) 00:00 Meddy Gerville “Ter vis Bin" from Tropical Rain (dot timel) 07:14 Horacio el negro Hernandez “90, Miles from Miles" from Italuba (Timba records) 14:28 Howe-Wooten-Chambers “Contigo" from Extraction (Tone Centre) 21:36 Eric Marienthal “The sun was in my Eyes" from Crossroads (GRP) 28:58 Mike Stern “Gossip" from time In Place (Atlantic Jazz) 36:06 Roy Venkataraman “Searching for Wire" ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Eric Revis: Slipknots Through a Looking Glass

Read "Slipknots Through a Looking Glass" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Slipknots Through a Looking Glass, bassist Eric Revis helms a five strong unit to experimental ends juxtaposing emotionally ambiguous abstraction with gut punch drive. To cover the bases he unites saxophonists Bill McHenry and Darius Jones from the quartet which waxed In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed, 2014), with the pianist Kris Davis from Sing Me Some Cry (Clean Feed, 2017), along with drummer Chad Taylor who powered both. Joining on two numbers out of 11 is ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Keith Jarrett: Budapest Concert

Read "Budapest Concert" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Burdened as it is by the news that, due to two strokes suffered in 2018, Keith Jarrett's glorious art of live composition is all but over, Budapest Concert has some serious heavy lifting to do. Triumphant and transcendent, it rises to the grand occasion and leaves the listener marveling at how any artist, of any age, of any discipline, can still capture the moment and the imagination so singularly as Jarrett does sixty years down the line. Recorded ...


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