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ALBUM REVIEW

Erik Verwey: People Flow

Read "People Flow" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Dutch pianist Erik Verwey lives in a houseboat on the river Amstel, in Amsterdam. His view takes in the shimmering water and the geometry of the right angled architectures jutting from the greenery of the shoreline. It is a view that certainly influences his music. But not perhaps as much as do the encounters with people who flow, river-like, through his life. Encounters that Verwey has translated into People Flow, his debut album. Verwey's sounds, on eight piano ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project: Kites and Strings

Read "Kites and Strings" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Ben Rosenblum uses a lot of different instrumental elements on this release. For starters, he himself plays both piano and accordion, and his sextet also features trumpet, reeds and guitar. In addition, vibraphone and trombone show up on some tracks. That creates a blend of various textures and sounds which bring variety to this program of bright jazz compositions. Rosenblum's accordion flows together nicely with the sounds of Wayne Tucker's trumpet, and Jasper Dutz's bass clarinet on the ...

RADIO

Bill Evans & Frank Kimbrough

Read "Bill Evans & Frank Kimbrough" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We set a peaceful tone with the first track on the first episode of 2021 with Bill Evans and the iconic tune “Peace Piece." The 682nd Episode continues to profile the voices and new music that has been released during the 2020 pandemic. The music includes Marcus Printup, Monika Hoffman, Seth Trachy and Trish Clowes. We say good-bye to the great pianist Frank Kimbrough. Finally we play music off the new Disney movie Soul featuring Jon Batiste. Cheers to 2021!

ALBUM REVIEW

Paul Flaherty / Mike Roberson / Randall Colbourne / James Chumley Hunt: Borrowed From Children

Read "Borrowed From Children" reviewed by John Sharpe

Four determinedly free players, who have existed outside of the big city bubbles for some 40 years, now unite for the first time on Borrowed From Children. Out of sight maybe, but not out of mind, as a voluminous discography on a multitude of independent labels attests. Perhaps most comprehensively documented is reedman Paul Flaherty, who has a track record with a range of heavyweight collaborators such as drummers Chris Corsano and Marc Edwards, and guitarist Thurston Moore, but also ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jerry Granelli: The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays The Music Of Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison

Read "The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays The Music Of Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Drummer Jerry Granelli, bassist Brad Jones and pianist Jamie Saft team in a trio that Plays Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison to honor two of the most influentially lyrical and bluesy composer-musicians in jazz history. Granelli possesses deep personal insight into both principals. He landed in the drum chair in Vince Guaraldi's trio just as the title track to the pianist's 1962 landmark Cast Your Fate to the Wind was breaking out in the US singles charts and ...

BOOK REVIEW

Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels

Read "Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels" reviewed by Doug Collette

Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels Terry Gans 256 pages ISBN: # ISBN-13 : 978-1912733392 Red Planet Books 2020 Terry Gans' Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels is an in-depth examination of Bob Dylan's Infidels (Columbia, 1983) album, the title of the book taken from the original name for the album. The author covers the gestation of the record all the way from the Nobel ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Andrew Green: Dime Dancing: The Music Of Steely Dan

Read "Dime Dancing: The Music Of Steely Dan" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

It is not hard to imagine jazz versions of Steely Dan songs, as they are rich in knotty harmonies and dark lyrics that belie their mainstream pop success. But you would probably have to be guitarist Andrew Green to imagine them arranged for chamber ensembles dominated by woodwinds and strings (as well as vocalist Miriam Waks and Green's guitar). Ironically, Green's dramatic departure from the iconic recordings grew out of his love for them: he was convinced that no rock ...


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