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Jazz Articles

BOOK REVIEWS

Kickback City: Deluxe Edition

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Kickback City Ian Rankin/Tim Truman/Rory Gallagher 40 Pages ISBN: B019GLERXO Eagle Rock 2016 Notwithstanding titles such as “Deluxe Edition" of Irish Tour '74 (Legacy Recordings, 2014)or the almost equally splendid archiving that is Notes From San Francisco (Eagle Rock, 2011), Kickback City Deluxe Edition is the most distinctive entry in Rory Gallagher's discography. Two collections of studio and concert tracks highlight the detective mystery theme running through Gallagher's later original material, all of ...

INTERVIEWS

Daniel Kramer: Bob Dylan, In Pictures

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Photography may not bring back what has long gone, but for many, it can provide a passage to explore important happenings or moments from people's personal histories. A simple photograph can encapsulate deep-rooted emotions and memories of people, events and times that have long gone. Photographer Daniel Kramer's photographs of singer and songwriter Bob Dylan taken over a period of one year in the mid-'60s immortalize the unique energy and the times of this greatest of poets. Kramer's inimitable lens ...

LIVE REVIEWS

T Sisters at SFJAZZ

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T Sisters SFJAZZ Summer Jazz Fest San Francisco, CA July 14, 2016 You don't often hear a banjo and washboard at the SFJAZZ Center, but the T Sisters were invited for a reason. Since their debut EP in 2012, Erika, Chloe, and Rachel Tietjen have busily ricocheted between Bay Area venues, propelled by a joyous stage presence and more than enough expertise to satisfy the lofty musicianship standards of San ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

resAUnance: Migration

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Highly emotional and ravishingly beautiful, Migration is a feast for the ears and heart. Performed by resAUnance, a cooperative quartet, which began as a trio comprised of vibraphonist/percussionist John Bacon, vocalist Esin Gündüz, pianist Michael McNeill with electric cellist Jonathan Golove added later, this combination of unique instrumentation and innovative musicians has created an astonishing multipart sonic poem. Each player brings their own identity to the group. Gündüz has one of those magical voices which can be completely ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Anat Fort Trio with Gianluigi Trovesi at the Rubin Museum of Art

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Anat Fort Trio with Gianluigi Trovesi Rubin Museum of Art New York, NY July 8, 2016 On July 8, 2016, Israeli pianist Anat Fort made a welcome return to her New York comfort zone. Having forged relationships with many of that city's greats over the years, not least of all drummer Paul Motian, reputation preceded reappearance at the Rubin Museum of Art, where her trio with bassist Gary Wang and drummer Roland Schneider, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lefteris Kordis: Mediterrana

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Jazz's ability to absorb new musical traditions and take advantage of novel instrumentation is one of its most notable features. Fans of this form of experimentation will appreciate pianist Lefteris Kordis' forays into merging jazz with traditional Greek and other Mediterranean lineages. Delivered as a series of piano trio plus guest artist compositions, Mediterrana's strength is the subtle blending of timbers Kordis deftly guides from behind the piano, and a consistently restrained approach which results in a refined ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Thomas/Paul Klinefelter: Duo

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Pianist Ron Thomas' talents range widely, from his Karlheinz Stockhausen-influenced electric outings like Elysium (Vectordisc, 2009), through his fluid free association piano trio sets, Music In Three Parts ( Art Of Life Records, 2006) and Doloroso (Art of Life Records, 2006), to his mainstream outings that draw their inspiration from the late pianist Bill Evans--Two Lonely People (Vectordisc, 2011) and Blues For Zaranthustra (Art Of Life Records, 2008), a pairing a duo set with bassist Paul Klinefelter. Duo ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Golfam Khayam & Mona Matbou Riahi: Narrante

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Iranian guitarist Golfam Khayam and clarinetist Mona Matbou Riahi--also known as the Naqsh Duo--bring a whole host of additional influences to bear on the Persian musical traditions they grew up with in the collaborative music on Narrante. Khayam explains that “the freshness and purpose of improvisation come mostly from the Persian side, while the careful structure and careful crafting come from Western contemporary music." It's a personal synthesis, with composition and improvisation intertwined. Opener “Testamento" (Testament) does sound ...


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