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Jerry Cook Quartet +: A Walk in the Park

Read "A Walk in the Park" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While some young lions can hardly wait to enter a recording studio and show the world what they have, a few older cats prefer to wait a while to make sure they get it right the first time. Veteran saxophonist Jerry Cook is one of those cats. Walk in the Park is Cook's first album under his own name. He is in his mid-fifties, and has gigged with some of the best musicians on the scene, especially in western Canada, ...

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Michael Sarian: New Aurora

Read "New Aurora" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

With New Aurora, Canadian trumpeter Michael Sarian takes a few steps down a different path to his past projects, leaving bigger ensembles and electric instrumentations behind to focus on ten arrangements carried out in an acoustic quartet setting. In this more dynamic light, the trumpeter is given space to unfold and spread his melodic voice and personal language. Sarian takes advantage of this in a minimal way. A heightened sense of sophistication can be heard as a result, leaving the ...

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Vicente / Brice / Sanders: Unnavigable Tributaries

Read "Unnavigable Tributaries" reviewed by John Sharpe

One of the UK's premier rhythm sections meeting with the adventurous Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente results in some classy unfettered mischief on Unnavigable Tributaries. Bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders indulge in the masterful interplay that has buoyed up the likes of the Riverloam Trio with Polish saxophonist Mikolaj Trzaska and their trinity with ICP stalwart saxophonist Tobias Delius. Vicente exhibits the same canny command he has shown in dates such as Points (Multikulti Project, 2019),Chamber 4 (FMR, 2015) ...

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Jeff Rupert, Betty Carter, Gary Peacock and More

Read "Jeff Rupert, Betty Carter, Gary Peacock and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we focus on brand new material from artists that don't get the attention they deserve in the world of jazz. We begin with Jeff Rupert teamed up with the legendary George Garzone and make our way to trombonist Ryan Keberle. We profile new music from Polish saxophonist Sywester Ostrowski and Bobby Watson paying their respects to the Super Bowl 54 Champion Kansas City Chiefs. We pay homage to bassist Gary Peacock, who recently passed away at the age ...

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Blues Masters: Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite and New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers

Read "Blues Masters: Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite and New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers" reviewed by Doug Collette

The tradition of the blues remains tried but true over generations of musicians and fans, the devotion of the latter mirroring and complementing the loyalty of the former. And the twisting, turning geography of the music's evolution, from Africa to the Southern delta (and its adjacent hill country) up the Mississippi River to Chicago, is itself a reflection of that longstanding relationship. Likewise, the career paths of Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite long ran parallel before intersecting at the understated ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell: How To turn the Moon

Read "How To turn the Moon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fans of piano jazz might have a preference for the trio format—piano/bass/drums. Or they might like their piano straight, no chaser, with solo piano sets. There is no shortage of trio and solo recordings floating around for our listening enjoyment. But two pianos? Rare, though not unheard of. Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays offered up the excellent Modern Music (Nonesuch Records) in 2011; and Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn presented us with one of the finest jazz albums of the ...

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