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NEWS: RECORDING

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

On Mother’s Day, Meg Okura, who converted to Judaism four years ago, will release Ima Ima, featuring trumpeter Tom Harrell and guitarist Rez Abbasi. Ima Ima (mom in Hebrew and now in Japanese) will be her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble's fourth album, showcasing extensive works composed since her pregnancy, for 10-piece chamber jazz ensemble. She ...

ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

2018 Winter Jazz Festival Preview & 2017 Highlights (Part 1)

Read "2018 Winter Jazz Festival Preview & 2017 Highlights (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Happy New Year! In the first 2018 episode of Mondo Jazz we look back at some of the great releases of 2017 and look forward to the Winter Jazz Festival, which every January brings the New York jazz year into full gear, with previews of some of the international artists featured in its program.

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

John Abercrombie Remembered

Read "John Abercrombie Remembered" reviewed by Dave Allen

This past August the world lost one of the most distinctive voices of jazz guitar in the past 50 years. John Abercrombie's music was a strong influence and inspiration for many guitarists and musicians developing in the '80s and '90s. His sound, touch and thoughtfulness was immediately distinctive from other guitar heroes of that or any ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe

Read "Unfiltered Universe" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Rez Abbasi, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and pianist Vijay Iyer share South Asian roots and have respectively incorporated many of the region's modalities and song-forms into the progressive jazz idiom at various points in time as solo artists or collaborators. Hence, the musicians coalesce for the third chapter of Abassi's Invocation group that merges South Asian ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Two years after the release of his acclaimed Charlie Parker project Bird Calls (ACT), saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa returns with his longstanding Indo-Pak Coalition for Agrima, a vinyl and download-only release that is a dazzling hybrid of Indian music and furious jazz-rock.

Besides Mahanthappa the group consists of guitarist Rez Abbasi and drummer/tablaist Dan Weiss, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Lungamente atteso, viene pubblicato in questi giorni Agrima dell'Indo-Pak Coalition di Rudresh Mahanthappa, un album dove tradizione orientale e contemporaneità si fondono in percorsi articolati e avvincenti. A nove anni dall'unico lavoro discografico (Apti Innova, 2008) il trio raccoglie i tratti fondanti di quel progetto aggiungendo nuove soluzioni, in un quadro esaltante per inventiva personale e ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe

Read "Unfiltered Universe" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Rez Abbasi was born in Karachi, Pakistan but at the age of four his family moved to Los Angeles and at eleven he started learning guitar. Whilst there are undoubtedly some South Asian influences in his compositions, these are generally incidental or to be found “under the radar" as Abbasi himself puts it. In any case ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Miles From India at SFJAZZ

Read "Miles From India at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Miles From India
SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium
A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis
San Francisco, CA
April 1, 2017

San Francisco's SFJAZZ supporters were treated to a special one time performance of Miles From India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis based on the album of the ...

Stephan Crump: Stephan Crump's Rhombal

Read "Stephan Crump's Rhombal" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Il nome di Stephan Crump viene in genere associato al jazz della scena recente, specie per la sua militanza nel trio del pianista Vijay Iyer. In realtà il bassista di Memphis vive a Brooklyn da oltre vent'anni e può vantare il curriculum di un veterano. Ha firmato da leader una decina di dischi, ha studiato ad ...