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INTERVIEW

Hal Galper: Adventures in The Zone

Read "Hal Galper: Adventures in The Zone" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The career of Hal Galper has earned the pianist acclaim as both a performer and educator. Perhaps most importantly, it has drawn attention to his contributions to the music as a true innovator. While other pianists of his era gained more recognition, Galper sought out a career path where acclaim would be genuine among his peers and his audience, and not measured by the value of his name and the balance of his bank account. Now at the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Lionel Loueke: HH

Read "HH" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Hulk Hogan? Harry Houdini? Hugh Hefner? As tempting as it is to imagine Lionel Loueke cheerily following some absurdist impulse, the HH of the title instead honors Herbie Hancock--a long-time mentor and source of inspiration to the Benin-born guitarist. A jurist on the audition panel who selected Loueke for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Hancock thereafter called upon Loueke's six-string services on Possibilities (Hear Music, 2005), River: The Joni Letters (Verve, 2007) and The Imagine Project (Herbie Hancock Music, ...

RADIO

Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man in New York - Part 1

Read "Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man in New York - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From his early years as a bassist in the trad Phoenix Jazzmen, the straight-ahead Newcastle Big Band, and the fusion quintet Last Exit, to his collaborations with idols like Gil Evans and Miles Davis, jazz has been a constant in Sting's artistic path. This week, we feature music from his jazzier projects as a leader or side-man, and jazz renditions of his compositions by jazz legends and up and coming masters. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jakko M. Jakszyk: Secrets & Lies

Read "Secrets & Lies" reviewed by John Kelman

Life often unfolds in unexpected ways. For some, like Jakko M. Jakszyk, it has taken some truly surprising twists and turns. That the 62 year-old multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter has attained considerably greater visibility in the last ten years than in the previous 35 has, to say the least, righted a significant wrong. Which makes the release of Secrets & Lies, Jakszk's first solo album since the The Bruised Romantic Glee Club (Iceni, 2006) and its 2009, self-released companion piece, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Chuck Anderson: Dominos

Read "Dominos" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This noteworthy album by Chuck Anderson, one of our finest guitarists, was composed and recorded in the midst of the pandemic but with no mention of it in the liner notes, so you can draw your own conclusions as to whether the “dominos" in the title bear any relation to the “falling dominos" of all the troubling things that are happening these days. In the past, Anderson himself had undergone two recoveries from major medical conditions that disrupted ...

RADIO

Big Band Suites - Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock

Read "Big Band Suites - Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock" reviewed by Russell Perry

Duke Ellington envisioned long-form jazz compositions before the technology was created to support them. After being limited to around six minutes on two sides of a 78 RPM disc, the advent of the 12' Long-Playing record liberated Ellington and other jazz composers to conceive and record extended compositions. Several contemporary composers are continuing to explore the format with enthusiasm. Recent suites from Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue and Brian Krock in this hour of Jazz at ...

INTERVIEW

Rez Abbasi: On balancing picture with music and shifting into Django mode

Read "Rez Abbasi: On balancing picture with music and shifting into Django mode" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

To really distinguish oneself in today's vast universe of guitarists, even within the confines of jazz, more and more resembles a Sisyphus task. When so much has been said and done, a specific tone or distinctive vocabulary alone no longer suffice to set an artist apart from the crowd. It is only through the sum of the different parts—various technical, aesthetic and even philosophical ones—that a musician is able to claim a place among the original voices on the instrument. ...


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