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Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures

Read "Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


The loss of gig and the accompanying income stream, caused by the insidious and evil coronavirus, has hurt musicians across all genres. It has separated them from friends and band mates, from projects and from going to special places--physically and artistically. Coping with it is the order of the day. It has created some dark moments and also shed light on the characteristic of resiliency that dwells in the human spirit. Creativity, the hallmark of jazz, has kept ...

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Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi: Trading Comforts

Read "Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi: Trading Comforts" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


While Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi are often billed as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, respectively, on their latest Nonesuch release, They're Calling Me Home, those categorizations are interchangeable. To be sure, Giddens' voice is a central pillar of the album's tent-like structure, into which she and Turrisi invite lifetimes' worth of emotional timelines. But her viola and array of banjos house histories of their own. Their voices are sobering reminders that all the hatred and strife we as a global ...

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Miroslav Tadić: Macedonian Soul

Read "Miroslav Tadić: Macedonian Soul" reviewed by Katrina Yang


Born in Yugoslavia, Miroslav Tadić is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, composer, improviser, and educator residing in California, USA. Artist extraordinaire, Tadić never stops pushing the boundaries of music through his adaptation of sound techniques on both acoustic and electric guitar. In pursuit of his dream, Miroslav Tadić came to the US in 1979. Macedonian music became the bridge betweenTadić and his roots. Infusing influences from jazz, rock, avant-garde music, and other musical traditions with eastern European folkloric music, ...

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Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star

Read "Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


In 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach and to work on a research project at the Kunstuniversität Graz ("University of the Arts in Graz"). I taught a first-year course in jazz theory that was really a delight. These students were already extremely accomplished performers and composers. About half of the class was comprised of students from China, the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic, and other countries. One of those students was Emiliano Sampaio, a Brazilian trombonist ...

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Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal

Read "Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Miles Davis and like-minded free-spirited vanguards of his day opened jazz up to countless influences during one of the genre's heydays in the late '60s and early '70s. Ever since, the boundaries of jazz have been broken down more radically, disseminated and increasingly blended with everything from current trends in popular music to classical music and more experimental contemporary currents, including electronic music. But despite the seeming boundlessness of mixing genres and creating new sub-categories of genres, EDM (electronic dance ...

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Logan Richardson: On Afrofuturism and finding Mom

Read "Logan Richardson: On Afrofuturism and finding Mom" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


As the twenty-first century takes its course, a jazz musician's musical path seems to be becoming less and less linear. Derivatives of genres, shifting technological approaches and possibilities as well as a growing amount of proactivist political and social advocacy are increasingly gaining passage into this century's art form with deep American roots. In that respect and over twenty years deep into a fruitful career with now five albums as a leader under his belt, jny: Kansas City-native ...

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Dominique Fils-Aimé: The Power of Change

Read "Dominique Fils-Aimé: The Power of Change" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Dominique Fils-Aimé is one of the most interesting revelations of contemporary jazz and soul, a unique artist. Her discographic journey with Ensoul Records began in 2018 with Nameless , continued with Stay Tuned! in 2019 (which earned her a Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, Canada's equivalent of a Grammy Award) and ended with the recent release of Three Little Words. The trilogy was an opportunity to deepen her research on African and American music and in ...


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