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Peter Evans, Michael Leonhart, Sean Lennon, Jambinai & Axiom

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Peter Evans & Levy Lorenzo Roulette April 15, 2019 Trumpeter Peter Evans is a very familiar figure on the extreme scene, but the percussionist and electronicist Levy Lorenzo will be a new name to most folks. The pair have been jointly penning compositions, but these nevertheless have the feel of ambient improvisations. It's a continuation of the collaboration that began on 2018's Q album, released on the More Is More label. Their entwined roots ...

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2018 Jazz Surprises

Read "2018 Jazz Surprises" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The end of the year is the time when we usually look back and take stock. To celebrate the continuous growth and expansion of the music we love, we've decided to look back at the music that, for a reason or another, has surprised us the most this year. It features mostly young musicians, artists we were not familiar with, unexpected reissues or new projects by players we love. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo ...

JAZZ JOURNAL

Summer 2018

Read "Summer 2018" 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. Fred Hersch Trio Heartsong Sunnyside Records 2018 The longer Fred Hersch plays, the more resplendent his piano sounds. And that is with all due respect to his accompanists, on this remastered edition of the near twenty year ...

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Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

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If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and perfectly balanced. Take Michael Leonhart, an artist blessed by nature with a superior talent that was nurtured by a musical family. His ...

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Michael Leonhart, Charles Lloyd and other great new releases

Read "Michael Leonhart, Charles Lloyd and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Gorgeous music never stops. Case in point: the spectacularly beautiful new album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra, The Painted Lady Suite, destined to become a reference record for large ensembles, and the latest release by Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, Vanished Gardens. This episode of Mondo Jazz spotlights those albums and other intriguing new (and not so new) releases, and features an exclusive interview with Michael Leonhart on the making of “The Painted Lady Suite." ...

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Michael Leonhart: A Fortunate Son

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For most musicians, writers and actors, making the final decision to go against the grain and pursue a paycheck-to-paycheck, month-to-month career as a performing artist is one of the harder choices in life. Yet for trumpeter Michael Leonhart, a life in jazz and art is “all in the family": his father is the noted jazz bassist, studio musician and humorist Jay Leonhart; and his sister is the sprightly, sassy, and torchy alt-rock and jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart. And after a ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Slow

Read "Slow" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The inception for this release by trumpeter Michael Leonhart emanated on a bus during a Steely Dan tour. Guitarist Jon Herington – also touring with the band – subsequently joined Leonhart for a few impromptu renderings of jazz ballads. To that end, the final product features a divergent mix, spanning tunes by Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, and, oddly enough, Black Sabbath, among others. Here, the duo establishes a vibe that projects a certain magic, not always witnessed on offerings of ...


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