Articles by C. Andrew Hovan

LIVE REVIEWS

Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy At The Blue LLama

Read "Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy At The Blue LLama" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Ralph Peterson & The Messsenger Legacy The Blue LLama Ann Arbor, Michigan May 25, 2019 Driving distance from both jny: Detroit and jny: Lansing, jny: Ann Arbor has always had a healthy music scene which is further bolstered by the presence of the University of Michigan. Live jazz was on the downtown menu for decades thanks to bassist Ron Brooks and his fabled Bird of Paradise club, which operated from 1985 to 2004. When that ...

THE VINYL POST

Coltrane 58: The Prestige Recordings

Read "Coltrane 58: The Prestige Recordings" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Some fifty-two years since his death, the shadow of John Coltrane looms large in the minds of many jazz fans and musicians. Over the past few years this has been aided and abetted by the fact that his music continues to be repackaged. In the case of last year's Both Directions at Once, some previously unissued sides even brought further clarity to the saxophonist's development at Impulse Records in the mid '60s. Concurrent with the fascination of all-things-Coltrane ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Sounds: Inside Stories of Jazz Studio Sessions By Famed Recording Engineer Max Bolleman

Read "Sounds: Inside Stories of Jazz Studio Sessions By Famed Recording Engineer Max Bolleman" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Sounds: Inside Stories of Jazz Studio Sessions Max Bolleman 256 Pages ISBN: #978-90-820456-1-1 (Self-Published) 2018 When it comes to recorded jazz, most diehard fans have definitive tastes in how they want their music to sound and be reproduced at home and on the go. It is not unusual to find zealots outlining the relative merits of recording engineers such as Rudy Van Gelder or Roy DuNann. Of more recent vintage, astute listeners will ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams at UMS

Read "Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams at UMS" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams Michigan Theater University Musical Society 25th Annual Jazz Series Ann Arbor, Michigan December 8, 2018 Memphis native Charles Lloyd has seen a lot in his eighty years on the planet. His own musical voyage is the stuff of legend and envy. Not many peers of his generation have been blessed with the kind of longevity and popularity that has come with Lloyd's undertakings. As ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Joe Locke / Pat Bianchi / Marvin "Smitty" Smith at Detroit Groove Society

Read "Joe Locke / Pat Bianchi / Marvin "Smitty" Smith at Detroit Groove Society" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Joe Locke/Pat Bianchi/Marvin “Smitty" Smith Detroit Groove Socirty West Bloomfield, Michigan December 7, 2018 One of the key elements of jazz over the history of the music has been the social aspect that is inherent in the type of musical communication that marks improvised music. During the swing era, if you were so inclined, you could head to the popular ballrooms to dance to the big bands of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, or ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Dave Stryker Quartet at Nighttown

Read "Dave Stryker Quartet at Nighttown" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Dave Stryker Quartet Nighttown Cleveland, Ohio October 5, 2018 It's a tough sell these days for touring musicians to bring their own ensembles with them as they traverse the country. And let's face it, pick-up bands don't always lead to the optimum musical conditions. That's why it is always a pleasure when New York heavyweights join forces with local talent in a way that is pleasing to both the performers and the audience.

LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival Downtown Detroit Detroit, Michigan August 31-September 3, 2018 Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and there was even a time when names such as Chaka Khan and Nancy Wilson rubbed noses with more mainstream sensibilities. There were even moments ...

THE VINYL POST

The Atlantic Years

Read "The Atlantic Years" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Now that the vinyl boom has officially become big business, it is not surprising that major labels are scrambling to put together reissue projects from their back catalogs that will benefit from this cash cow. Rhino has already successfully tapped their holdings for superb mono boxed sets from both John Coltrane and Ray Charles. For their latest endeavor, they have turned to an artist on the fringes of jazz popularity. Ornette Coleman is far from being a household name and ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Still Dreaming and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "Still Dreaming and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Still Dreaming/Dr. Lonnie Smith Playhouse Square Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, Ohio June 29, 2018 Now in its 39th year, Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest has evolved over the years having started as an educational springtime event. Most recently, the action has shifted from the Cuyahoga Community College campus to downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square complex. The event which now takes place in mid-June covers roughly three days and offers both free outdoor performances along with paid indoor shows ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center

Read "Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The Doobie Brothers & Steely Dan-The Summer of Living Dangerously Tour Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio June 23, 2018 If there is one tried and true adage that is applicable to the arts, it is the one that goes “everything old is new again." Be it a need for monetary sustenance, a love of touring, or a little bit of both, we have seen an increase in the number of summer tours featuring iconic ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Bob James Trio at Nighttown

Read "Bob James Trio at Nighttown" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Bob James Trio Nighttown Cleveland, Ohio June 22, 2018 Although we keep hearing all the time that by sheer numbers the jazz audience is a small and select crowd, the fact remains that select musicians have crafted the type of following that guarantees crowd interest in all their latest endeavors. This type of pedigree has followed Bob James for many decades now and no doubt Cleveland's Nighttown was betting on the pianist's drawing power when ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Jared Gold: Reemergence

Read "Reemergence" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The title of organist Jared Gold's newest release seems to suggest that he is returning to the fold after being away for a time. In actuality, he has been a mainstay on the New York scene for some time now and can boast eight previous albums as a leader dating back to 2008's Solids and Stripes. More likely is that the title alludes to the fact that Gold's discography appears exclusively on the Posi-Tone label, an imprimatur known ...


40 Years Of The Festival International De Jazz De Montréal

The Montreal Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th edition this year with some outstanding presentations scheduled at various venues around the city. Running from June 27 to July 6, this year's festival includes both indoor and outdoor events, free and ticketed events, with a program that includes Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Brad Mehldau, Kendrick Scott, Richard Galliano, Stacy Kent, Joshua Redman, John Pizzarelli, Keyon Harrold, Gilad Hekselman, Roberto Fonseca, Donny McCaslin and more.

Buy Album