Articles

Daily articles carefully curated by the All About Jazz staff. Read our popular and future articles.

114

Album Review

Alon Nechushtan: Dark Forces

Read "Dark Forces" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The idea of placing a variety of daring instrumental personalities within different electronic-based sound collage nightmares is bold but, ultimately, hard to classify or grab onto. Dark Forces can't truly be called electronic music since the whole point of the music surrounds the integration of electronic and human elements, and it's hard to view it as free improvisation, since Alon Nechustan has painstakingly painted each musical canvas. Some might call it ambient music, but that tag usually describes a more ...

168

Album Review

Alon Nechushtan: Words Beyond

Read "Words Beyond" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Pianist Alon Nechushtan is in the thick of things, amid a vibrant New York City jazz culture that often spawns deviating tangents and inventive ideologies. Indeed, the pianist reveals astounding technical faculties and a far-reaching approach to composition. Nechushtan's jazz-klezmer band TALAT, amid numerous forays into modern jazz and unconventional settings, intermittently gels to the beat of a markedly different drummer The program conveys Nechushtan's unbounded vision, as he overhauls the tried and true. With the musicians' pristine ...

302

Album Review

Alon Nechushtan: Words Beyond

Read "Words Beyond" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Playing jazz can be like driving a car. Sometimes you can sit back, rely on cruise control, and simply revel in a straightforward journey, but more precise maneuvering is often required. Lightning quick reflexes, an ability to comfortably navigate hairpin turns, and a strong directional sense are equally important, and pianist Alon Nechushtan exhibits all of these traits from behind the driver's seat on Words Beyond. The left-leaning klezmer jazz that Nechushtan delivered with his Talat band ...

206

Album Review

Alon Nechushtan: The Growl

Read "The Growl" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


There are many reasons to be suspicious about the sudden--if not superficial--revival of Eastern European Jewish folk music, ie. klezmer, in the States, especially when examining the catalogue of the Radical Jewish Culture series of John Zorn's Tzadik imprint. Many young outfits which emerge from New York's Downtown scene or innovative music academies, stating that they are influenced by some of the main active players of that scenes--such as reed players Marty Ehrlich and Daniel Carter, in the case of ...

253

Album Review

Alon Nechushtan: The Growl

Read "The Growl" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


There are more than a few welcome surprises on The Growl. Where one would expect jazz-inflected variations on Jewish sounds, the result is bigger and grander than that. This quintet brings something unexpected to every track, playing blues, funk and even mellower styles. The nine-minute opening title track begins with what at first seems an incoherent blend of sounds, but it soon evolves into a Middle Eastern-inspired groove that showcases saxophonist Marc Mommaas and trumpeter Matt Shulman, ...


Engage

Contest Giveaways
Enter our latest contest giveaway sponsored by MPS
Publisher's Desk
How Don Mopsick Uses Jazz Near You To Promote Jazz in SW Florida
Read on.

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.