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The Rebel Festival

Read "The Rebel Festival" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On the morning of July 4, 1960, there were more than a few signs of the mayhem that had taken place the night before in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport's Millionaires Row woke up to broken store windows, overturned vehicles, and storm drains clogged with garbage and beer bottles. One-hundred-eighty-two people, mostly young, New England college students had been arrested by combined forces of the Newport Police Department, Rhode Island State Police, and troops from the state's National Guard. The incoming ...

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Matt Wilson Quartet: Hug!

Read "Hug!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Matt Wilson's quartet opens Hug! with Gene Ammons' “The One Before This." Saxophonist Ammons often used the tune as a showcase for tenor battles with fellow sax man Sonny Stitt. Wilson and company--featuring cornetist Kirk Knuffke, sax man Jeff Lederer and bassist Chris Lightcap--lay the sound down like a party. And this quartet parties hard. It feels like a rough-and-tumble affair, going down around midnight, when the alcohol has settled in, and the half hammered dancers are stumbling around ...

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Susan Tobocman: Touch & Go

Read "Touch & Go" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A triple-threat musician with significant talent as a vocalist, composer and arranger, Susan Tobocman's path to jazz was an unconventional one. Her early interest in poetry led to a scholarship that took her from her hometown, Detroit, to New York, for study at Columbia University. That in turn led to an interest in musical theater, followed by a stint managing the Jimi Hendrix-founded Electric Lady Studios, and then some touring work with the Tom Tom Club. Only afterward, during her ...

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Darrifourcq, Hermia & Ceccaldi... and Cheeseburgers

Read "Darrifourcq, Hermia & Ceccaldi... and Cheeseburgers" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There are some very creative folks hanging about this week, headed by one of the more unique recordings of the year so far—Kaijū Eats Cheeseburgers—by the uncategorizable trio from France led by drummer/percussionist Sylvain Darrifourcq with saxophonist Manuel Hermia and cellist Valentin Ceccaldi. It's very different but very exciting stuff. Also new from Europe and more tilting the idiom are the trio of Swedish pianist Lisa Ullén with bassist Joe Williamson and drummer Erik Carlsson, young guns pianist Elias Stemeseder ...

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Jamil Sheriff: The Ilkley Suite

Read "The Ilkley Suite" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Commissioned by the Ilkley Jazz Festival to celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2018, The Ilkley Suite is composer/pianist Jamil Sheriff's musical interpretation of some of the legends, history and landscapes of Ilkley and its surrounding countryside in the English county of West Yorkshire. It is an ambitious, complex and wide-ranging suite in eight parts, performed by a quartet of instrumentalists joined on occasion by vocalist Beverley Beirne, who brings her skilful and evocative voice to tracks such as “Verbeia" and ...

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Fiona Joy Hawkins: Moving Through Worlds

Read "Moving Through Worlds" reviewed by Robin B James

This is a great time for something brighter and lighter, something that brings some ease to the weary listener, who is seeking feelings of harmony and simple respite from a troubled world. The gifted composer, singer, and pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins has just the thing, an album titled Moving Through Worlds, an enchanting exploration of themes such as land, water, fire, climate change and the vanishing of souls into the wind. The 14 tracks feature mostly solo piano. Some are ...

FESTIVALS TALKING

Tallinn Music Week Interviews: Kadri Voorand

Read "Tallinn Music Week Interviews: Kadri Voorand" reviewed by Martin Longley

Tallinn Music Week was postponed from its accustomed March dates, and rescheduled for late August, with much of its programme preserved, and many gigs moved outdoors to facilitate being spaced-out in the virus era. This is a festival where all music styles are embraced, from jazz to metal, folk to electronic and pop to classical. Many of its events will revolve around the Telliskivi Creative City, a re-born factory zone that's now the Estonian capital's chief arty hang-out. As with ...


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