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Meet Mike Jurkovic

Read "Meet Mike Jurkovic" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: The hills of the Hudson Valley with Emily, the deer, the bears, the battling hummingbirds, a seasonal view of the Shawangunk Ridge, and our three cats. I joined All About Jazz in: The summer of 2017. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I had been writing and contributing to more rock and folk oriented publications for years as the Rock 'n' Roll Curmudgeon when a couple of encouraging ...

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Markus Reuter: Sun Trance

Read "Sun Trance" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Markus Reuter has a reputation as a guitar shredding animal. He has been called a power trio kingpin, his artistry referred to as “fearless and ferocious." The cliche “not for the faint of heart" comes to mind on sets like Truce (Moonjune Records, 2020) and Shapeshifter (Moonjune Records, (2020). But he has a softer side, one that presents a music marinated in serenity and subtle beauty—his teaming with multi-instrumentalist (playing piano here) Gary Husband on the ethereally gorgeous Music Of ...

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Steven Bernstein, Michael Brecker and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop world - Part 1

Read "Steven Bernstein, Michael Brecker and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop world - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on Steven Bernstein and Michael Brecker, the quintessential jazz-hackers of the pop world. If you heard a compelling saxophone solo on a high-end pop or rock production, especially between the 1970s and 1990s, you could bet it was by Michael Brecker, who over the years has appeared on almost 1000 albums. Likewise, if you have been struck by an elegant yet quirky arrangement on a high-end pop or rock album from the past two ...

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Clemens Kuratle Murmullo: Lies

Read "Lies" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Clemens Kuratle is a young Swiss drummer whose group, Murmullo, puts out an interesting mixture of prog rock, folk music and jazz. The front line combination of saxophone, trombone and guitar gives the band a dense sound where guitarist Franz Hellmueller often sets the tone. He plays long dreamy lines on the brief “Prelude" and strikes up a chattering murmur on “Aunt Rose" which Kuratle and bassist Rafael Jerjen turn into a dub-influenced trio conversation. Then trombonist Florian ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Conference Call: Prism

Read "Prism" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

During the roiling twenty years that Conference Call has willfully crisscrossed the broad Atlantic, the individual drummers haven't participated in all of the round trips. The pre-2020 drummer rotation was Matt Wilson, who left the band prior to its first tour in 2001 to prep for the delivery of triplets, Han Bennink, George Schuller, and Gerry Hemingway. But the core players remain. As does the key aesthetic: creative art as spontaneous geometry. So how you fit the individual pieces together ...

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John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, Count Basie and More

Read "John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, Count Basie and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we focus on new releases and look for a unique perspective on this COVID-19 pandemic world. We hear from John Patitucci, Avram Fefer, Paul Jost and Marc Benham. This hour also features a host of legends and a special dedication to Chadwick Boseman. Playlist John Patitucci with John Beasley “Sam Rivers" MONK'estra Plays John Beasley (Mack Avenue) 00:00 Host talks 4:40 Ray Brown and John Clayton “Swing Jig" Super Bass (Records) 6:34 Dick Oatts “Stella by ...

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Fleetwood Mac: Then Play On - The Celebration Edition

Read "Then Play On - The Celebration Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Announced for release roughly five weeks prior to the passing of guitarist extraordinaire Peter Green, The Celebration Edition of Fleetwood Mac's Then Play On was originally conceived as a prelude to the Mick Fleetwood And Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green concert film. As fate would have it (fortunately or unfortunately), the ornate CD package appears just one day shy of the fifty-first anniversary of the record's original release date and, as such, serves as yet another fitting memorial ...


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