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Jonathan Kreisberg, Clifford Jordan, John Clayton and More

Read "Jonathan Kreisberg, Clifford Jordan, John Clayton and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with a live recording from Jonathan Kreisberg off Capturing Spirits and then we honor the spirit of Kobe Bryant with music by John Williams and celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs on their Super Bowl run for ending their 50-year drought and making it to Super Bowl LIV by playing a 1960's jazz tune from the Kansas City Chiefs band. We profile Yvonnick Prene and Andy Bianco. Enjoy the Super Bowl and the jazz, kids.

INTERVIEW

Jonathan Kreisberg: A Spirit Captured in Constant Motion

Read "Jonathan Kreisberg: A Spirit Captured in Constant Motion" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Over 3,000 miles separate jny: New York City from Europe. A distance that feels a little smaller every day—traveled in a virtual way in less than a second, even physically in a matter of only roughly 7 hours. Musicians especially are prone to crossing the pond rather frequently. New York-based guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg tends to make the trip a few times a year, either touring in an intimate duo set with Brazilian nylon-string guitarist Nelson Veras, with Lonnie Smith's trio, ...

YEAR IN REVIEW

Friedrich Kunzmann's Best releases of 2019

Read "Friedrich Kunzmann's Best releases of 2019" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The past couple of years unveiled a whirlwind of political confusion that seems to have finally slopped over into the world of jazz music. Like many individuals, in 2019 artists felt the need to speak out across the mainstream social media platforms and use their somewhat wider reaching voices to animate a like-minded community as well as to question various actions taken and decisions made. But even beyond that, musicians have started to introduce prominent vocal passages in otherwise exclusively ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jonathan Kreisberg: Capturing Spirits - JKQ Live!

Read "Capturing Spirits - JKQ Live!" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Throughout his over 30 year-spanning career, Jonathan Kreisberg has made a name for himself that reaches beyond his reputation as a dexterous bop-guitarist that frames him as a leading composer of the modern jazz variety. Like any song from the sacrosanct repertoire of standards, Kreisberg's compositions reveal memorable heads with a cleverly wrought spin to them. His melodies exude as much ease as they do emotional depth and reappear in altered forms throughout a song--disguised as imitations or within sequences. ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras

Read "Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Nylon-string acoustic guitars don't crop up in jazz all that often, but when they do the results can be delightful. Below I discuss two very different albums which incorporate that distinctive sound. The Beauty of Differences Misfitme 2018 Jean Chaumont's album The Beauty of Differences bogs down in the middle in an unfortunate burst of worthy-mindedness but is otherwise entertaining and full of promise. Chaumont recorded the album for the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jonathan Kreisberg: Wave Upon Wave

Read "Wave Upon Wave" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Wave upon wave of praise has followed the release of each one of guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg's leader dates--small group affairs that are typically built with equal parts energy and taste; Wave Upon Wave, balancing fire with heart, stealth movement with direct engagement, and power with grace, is likely to garner some more. The fleet-fingered Kreisberg focuses on originals here, shifting between the mellow ("Being Human") and the charged ("Until You Know"). And through it all, regardless of ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jonathan Kreisberg: ONE

Read "ONE" reviewed by John Kelman

The liner notes may say no overdubs or loops were used, but Jonathan Kreisberg might just as easily have included that “No guitars were harmed in the making of ONE." Beyond work with artists like vibraphonist Joe Locke on Sticks and Strings (Music Eyes, 2007) and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith on Spiral (Palmetto, 2010), the guitarist has slowly built a personal discography that includes the particularly impressive The South of Everywhere (Mel Bay, 2007) and Shadowless (New for Now, 2011). ...


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