Catching Up With

Less formal than our standard interviews with a focus on an artist's recent recording project or tour.

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Steve Reich: Humans Love to See Other Humans Play Music

Read "Steve Reich: Humans Love to See Other Humans Play Music" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Steve Reich is one of the most significant composers of the late 20th century. During his lengthy career, he has managed both to provoke and console the music world with his trailblazing works. Drawing on aspects of eighteenth-century classical music, Debussy, Stravinsky, jazz music, ethnic and ritual music including musical occurrences and accidents that happen when one uses electronic devices like tape recorders and samplers, Reich has continually fashioned new musical models that have propelled Western music forward. It is ...

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Camille Bertault: The Fine Art of Breaking Jazz Conventions

Read "Camille Bertault: The Fine Art of Breaking Jazz Conventions" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


After achieving overnight notoriety thanks to a dazzling rendition of “Giant Steps" which went viral on Facebook, Camille Bertault has now established herself as one of the most original and genre-defying musicians on the scene. In Le Tigre (Okeh/Sony Music, 2020), her third album after the acclaim garnered by En Vie (Sunnyside Records, 2016) and Pas de Geant (Sunnyside Records, 2017), Bertault brings contemporary music towards brilliant new directions. All About Jazz: Le Tigre is an exceptionally intense ...

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: Guitar Excursions into the Unknown

Read "Steffen Basho-Junghans: Guitar Excursions into the Unknown" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


On the occasion of the release of German guitarist Steffen Basho-Junghans' album The Dancer on the Hill (Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records, 2020) after 10 years of discographic silence, All About Jazz contacted the artist for a short interview. All About Jazz: Your new album Dancer on the Hill comes out more than 10 years after the previous one, IS, which was published in 2009. Why was there such a long gap between recordings, after an intense ...

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Ron Miles: Rainbow Sign Of The Times

Read "Ron Miles: Rainbow Sign Of The Times" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The title of Ron Miles' Rainbow Sign (Blue Note Records, 2020) carries great personal meaning for the Denver cornetist/composer and educator. The initial influence was The Carter Family song “God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign," with its line 'No more water but the fire next time," which in turn gave James Baldwin the title for his famous book on racial injustice, The Fire Next Time (Dial Press, 1963). “That's where James Baldwin got that," says Miles. “This kind of sense ...

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Allison Miller: Driving the Balance

Read "Allison Miller: Driving the Balance" reviewed by John Pietaro


Allison Miller sits at the vintage Camco drumkit in her Brooklyn home, playing post-bop over a rolling samba. Within the shimmer of an age-darkened cymbal, she switches from sticks to brushes, filling the room with the shush of summer rain, then a sudden hailstorm as her arms, aerial, traverse snare, tom-toms and cymbals in a blurring, but loving assault. Just a release of Covid fallout frustration? Maybe for some, but Miller remains unstoppable: this time also marks the rising of ...

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Claire Cowan: Jazz in Ballet

Read "Claire Cowan: Jazz in Ballet" reviewed by Martin McFie


Composer Claire Cowan has been writing film scores since 2007. She branched out from her film work to accept a commission from the Royal New Zealand Ballet company, producing a completely new score for the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel." An old lady living in the woods who fattens up children with gingerbread to make a tasty meal would today find herself high on the FBI's most wanted list. However, in 1802, the publication of a collection of ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Bill Evans Legacy

Read "Jack DeJohnette: Bill Evans Legacy" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


Modern Drummer Hall of Fame inductee, drummer and pianist Jack DeJohnette has shaped jazz drumming for decades. A compatriot of illustrious players like Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Scofield, and many more, DeJohnette helped shape a new conception of what the drums could bring to ensembles, including adding color, detail, and fluid interplay. His contributions to the music are legendary and could fill volumes. Reinforcing this impact, Resonance Records has been releasing a series of never-before heard live recordings of ...


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