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LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2019, Part 2-2

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2019, Part 2-2" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Part 1 | Part 2 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 16-19, 2019 The first two days of this year's FIMAV lived up to lofty expectations, and, if anything, Saturday's and Sunday's programs looked even more promising, with artists such as Roscoe Mitchell Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, The Ex, and John Butcher on tap. Unfortunately, I had to miss Saturday's first concert by Thomas Korber with the ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Caldera: Caldera / Sky Islands

Read "Caldera / Sky Islands" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Mention the word “fusion" and a list of familiar names often turns up: Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Return to Forever and Weather Report. But what about Caldera? Aficionados of the genre will probably know about them but, to many listeners, they will be a new discovery and, thanks to a BGO reissue of their first two albums on Capitol, it's now possible to take a deeper look at the group that emerged at the height ...

JAZZ JOURNAL

Spring 2019

Read "Spring 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Brandon Goldberg Let's Play Self Produced 2019 Brandon Goldberg's debut album offers proof positive that Joey Alexander is not the only piano prodigy working in the contemporary jazz field today. But the young man with his name ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Jimmie Vaughan: Baby, Please Come Home

Read "Baby, Please Come Home" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jimmie Vaughan has never risen to the level of stardom his late brother Stevie Ray Vaughan attained, but the elder sibling hasn't been any less loyal to the blues during the course of his career. Founding and maintaining the Fabulous Thunderbirds since 1974 (quite a bit prior to the renaissance of the genre his younger and flashier relative ignited), Jimmie Vaughan has also continued a string of solo endeavors, the latest example of which is Baby, Please Come Home. Far ...

LIVE REVIEWS

40th Annual Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center

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40th Annual Blues Music Awards Memphis Cook Convention Center Memphis, Tennessee May 9, 2019 Mississippi writer David L. Cohn, in his 1948 book, Where I was Born and Raised (Houghton, Mifflin), defines the length of the Mississippi Delta thusly: The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg. That is as good a description of the Romantic still life that ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Joanne Shaw Taylor: Reckless Heart

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In marked contrast to Joanne Shaw Taylor's somewhat constrained approach on Wild (Silvertone/Sony, 2018), this 'girl with the big voice from the Black Country' of Britain wastes no time on the aptly-titled Restless Heart. The hell-bent-for-leather abandon with which she leads “In The Mood" lives up to its suggestive title, and packs all the more punch because she and her accompanying musicians play with the unity of a genuine band, not just an ad-hoc group of sessioneers. The ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Whalen: Fire Brigade

Read "Fire Brigade" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Michael Whalen is a versatile, accomplished keyboardist whose professional focus has been film and especially television soundtracks that earned him a pair of Emmy Awards and includes the Good Morning America theme. Promotional material describes this project as the long-contemplated culmination of his desire to create a jazz-fusion album along the lines of early influences like Herbie Hancock or Chick Corea. Strong cinematic imagery is evoked in many songs. It's easy to imagine certain numbers in theme music scenarios, some ...

RADIO

Arturo Sandoval, Bill Evans, Bobby Watson & More

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With a rising star in the world of jazz, we begin episode 596. Miami-based 13-year old piano prodigy Brandon Goldberg does the honors with a cut from his debut CD Let's Play. From there, we probe into his influences with some cuts from Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans. We look into the world and magic of Arturo Sandoval on the heels of his tour swing through jny: Kansas City in April of 2019. Then, we look at the very busy ...

INTERVIEWS

The Baylor Project: A Brand New Day

Read "The Baylor Project: A Brand New Day" reviewed by K. Shackelford

Marcus Baylor's coalescence of various American music styles into his playing has already secured him a spot in the history of post-modern jazz drummers. In the book, The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to the 21st Century (Chicago Review Press, 2009), authors Joachim-Ernst Berendt and Günther Huesmann cite Baylor as one of an exclusive list of drummers that shaped jazz drumming in the nineties through inventive polyrhythms and genre syncretism in their techniques.Baylor's affinity for the drums started early, ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Spring Quartet at Dalton Recital Hall

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Spring Quartet Dalton Recital Hall, Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI May 4, 2019 They had to add chairs. The 435-seat Dalton Recital Hall, on the campus of Western Michigan University, was filled with multiple generations of music fans from all walks of life. The alluring ticket, brought to town by Fontana Chamber Arts, was the Spring Quartet in their final concert of a coast-to-coast tour.In fact, it had been five years since ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three releases on Iluso Records

Read "Three releases on Iluso Records" reviewed by John Eyles

Iluso Records was formed in 2013 by the Australian drummer Mike Caratti and the Madrid-born, New York-based guitarist Alvaro Domene, the two having met and become close friends in 2007 when they were both studying on the jazz course at Middlesex University, London, and maintained contact after they left London in 2011. They initially formed the label to release a CD by Gran Masa, a quartet which they had put together with two Spanish musicians. In its early days, Iluso ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Ragonese: Day to Day

Read "Day to Day" reviewed by Paul Naser

If you haven't heard Michael Ragonese's name before, you're sure to hear it a lot more. The award winning pianist is a constant fixture in Los Angeles; if he's not a sideman at one club, he's leading a band at another. Among the many luminaries he has performed or recorded with are: Bennie Maupin, David Binney, Engelbert Humperdinck, Alphonso Johnson and Dave Koz, whose newest album will feature Ragonese. His busy performance schedule hasn't kept him from writing and perfecting ...