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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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Bickerton: Submerged

Read "Submerged" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Pianist and composer John Bickerton has been absent from active recording since his 1999 Shadow Boxes (Leo Records). That trio outing established his proficiency at blending lyricism, free jazz and the avant-garde as he had done on his previous release Drinking from the Golden Cup (Loud Neighbors Music, 1997). He returns almost twenty years later with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

We Four at Dazzle

Read "We Four at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

We Four
Dazzle
Denver, CO
October 21, 2017

The majority of Twentieth Century jazz was represented on stage at Dazzle Saturday night. Either the players were there, in person, or they were merely one degree of separation from the key action and the dominant personalities. History lessons can be nice, but ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2018 Class of NEA Jazz Masters

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2018 Class of NEA Jazz Masters

Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, and Todd Barkan now join the ranks of the nation’s highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters. The 2018 NEA Jazz Master recipients were announced this evening at a DC Jazz Festival concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where Metheny also ...

Sri Hanuraga: To The Universe

Read "To The Universe" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Pianist Sri Hanuraga is another amazing young talent from Indonesia. To The Universe is his debut album as a leader, though he's previously recorded with the young Polish vibraphonist Dominik Bukowski and Indonesian bassist Kevin Yosua. Recorded in Amsterdam with a European band, Hanuraga nevertheless draws quite heavily on the music of his native land for ...

Gavin Templeton: Ballast

Read "Ballast" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A native of Reno, Nevada, alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton is emerging as one of the leading voices of Los Angeles' suddenly burgeoning modern jazz scene. If the music on Ballast, his fourth album as a leader, is any indication, Templeton might just be on his way to becoming one of the leading voices in modern jazz, ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Stan Getz: Spring 1976

Read "Stan Getz:  Spring 1976" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The musical specter of John Coltrane is so massive and dense that its creative gravity often does not allow even a whiff of his contemporary saxophone players. While certainly acknowledged as an innovator in his own right, saxophonist Stan Getz rarely gets the attention he deserves as often as many of his contemporaries. That is what ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Joanne Brackeen Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award

Joanne Brackeen Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award

Jazz pianist, educator, and composer Joanne Brackeen was honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 10, 2014. The Living Legacy Award honors jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education. Guests enjoyed a gala reception ...

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Dimitrije Vasiljević: Metaphor

Read "Metaphor" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The second solo piano release by composer, pianist and Serbian native Dimitrije Vasiljević, Metaphor seems to embody the very best of the European (Eastern and Western) and American classical and jazz piano traditions. With his austere yet light approach to melody and rhythm, Vasiljević reflects both emerging pianists such as Eldar Djangirov and more longstanding stalwarts ...

Different Shapes & Sounds: Solo, Trio, Small & Large Ensembles

Read "Different Shapes & Sounds: Solo, Trio, Small & Large Ensembles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra
Pulsion
Ubiquity
2014

A musician friend whose opinion I greatly respect shared with me that he enjoys listening to Pulsion, the fourth release by the Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra (ALVO), in two layers: The frothy jazz-influenced horn, brass and string arrangements on top and, like a ...