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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by John Kelman

As people age, it's not uncommon to commemorate birthday milestones--specifically, those marking the passing of decades--with special celebrations, ranging from parties to vacations. In most cases, however, these festivities are private events, restricted to family and friends.

Not Chick Corea.

When this renowned pianist/keyboardist, composer, bandleader and guest participant in countless projects ...

Bill O'Connell: Monk's Cha Cha

Read "Monk's Cha Cha" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Bill O'Connell has long been valued for his blazing Latin chops, enlivening bands lead by flutist Dave Valentin and legendary conguero Mongo Santamaria as a sideman and delivering his own burning leader dates on a variety of respected imprints in recent times--Zoho, Challenge, and Savant, to name just three. He's been a steady though occasionally ...

Curtis Brothers Quartet: Syzygy

Read "Syzygy" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music is constantly in a state of flux. It feeds off of new ideas and innovation to keep the music vital, and growing. The mantle is passed from generation to generation, eschewing the infective glare of pop notoriety to maintain the artistic presence that moves the music forward, now seventeen years into a new century. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Synia Carroll: Here’s to You...

Read "Here’s to You..." reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Et in terra. Honesty in music is expressed in its simplicity. The first right thing that vocalist Synia Carroll does on her debut recording, Here's to You... is employ a jazz piano trio, the subatomic format for jazz: piano, bass, and drums. The second thing that Carroll does is fix her art in the earth, something ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, La Orquesta Sinfonietta: Canto América

Read "Canto América" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Impegnati da decenni nella valorizzazione del jazz di matrice afro-cubana, Michael Spiro e Wayne Wallace operano qui una fusione tra ritmi del folklore caraibico, motivi del tipico latin jazz e orchestrazioni classiche per archi. Un progetto ambizioso che può sembrare nuovo ma rinnova un incontro lontano. “La musica latina della tradizione ha sempre avuto saldi legami ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lizz Wright and Danilo Perez Jazz 100 at the Merriam Theater

Read "Lizz Wright and Danilo Perez Jazz 100 at the Merriam Theater" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Lizz Wright, Vocalist; Danilo Perez, Pianist and Music Director
Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk
Merriam Theater
Kimmel Center Presents
Philadelphia, PA
September 30, 2016

This well conceived theme-based jazz show anticipated the 100th birthdays and celebrated the music of four jazz icons all ...

Meet "Jazz Judy" Judy Balos

Read "Meet "Jazz Judy" Judy Balos" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

“Jazz Judy" Balos has earned her nickname. A live music fan since the age of 16 when she saw Nina Simone in concert, this New Yorker has been going out to hear live jazz four or five times a week (sometimes even two or three times a day) for over 50 years; she's even traveled to ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ RACONTEURS

Todd Barkan: Early days of Keystone Korner

Read "Todd Barkan: Early days of Keystone Korner" reviewed by Todd Barkan

In the summer of 1972, at the age of 25, I was working by day as a Customs Broker for the venerable jny: San Francisco firm of Hoyt, Shepston & Sciaroni, and by night as a jazz pianist and arranger for an Afro Cuban jazz band called Kwane and the Kwandito's, which played a lot of ...

Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace: Canto América

Read "Canto América" reviewed by James Nadal

The historical evolution of the Caribbean Basin and specifically the Greater Antilles, has been over five hundred years in the making. The triangular connections between Europe, Africa, and the New World with its ensuing social and economic constraints, established the conditions for an innovative culture in the region. The enculturation process led to the creolization of ...