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Michel Legrand: Legrand Jazz

Read "Legrand Jazz" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Michel LeGrand is best known for his long and fruitful career in movie soundtracks, but as a young man in 1958 he was featured in an arranger's showcase with a collection of jazz masters, including Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Miles Davis.

Columbia Records in 1958 had an unparalleled roster to offer ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Coffee and Croissants with Oddgier Berg

Read "Coffee and Croissants with Oddgier Berg" reviewed by Nick Davies

In this episode, special guest pianist Oddgeir Berg talks about his trio's album Before Dawn [Ozella Music] and the strength and depth of the Finnish jazz scene. The playlist includes lots of new music from artists like Cloudmakers 5 through to Nat Birchall.

Playlist Cloudmakers 5 “The Past Is Another Country" from Chinese ...

Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band

Read "Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band" reviewed by Martin Longley

Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions
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March 31, 2018

To assist with his investigation into tenor traditions, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery formed a full-thrust front line with Marcus Strickland and George Garzone, surely one of the most vibrant teams possible around current NYC clubland. The quintet was completed by bassist Yasushi ...

Lasse Lindgren Big Constellation: The Unrecorded Fox

Read "The Unrecorded Fox" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When it comes to playing high-note jazz trumpet, the late great Maynard Ferguson was, is and perhaps always will be the standard to which every specialist in that limited field aspires. Yes, there have been assorted claimants--Cat Anderson, Ziggy Elman, Jon Faddis, Dave Stahl, Eric Miyashiro, Wayne Bergeron and Dennis Noday spring to mind--but no one ...

Camille Bertault: Pas de Géant

Read "Pas de Géant" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo aver dimostrato col debutto di En Vie (Sunnyside 2016) d'essere una splendida jazz singer, e non solo, l'acrobatica vocalist Camille Bertault libera la sua eclettica personalità, dando sfogo alle molte passioni e influenze formative. Il titolo del suo secondo album allude ovviamente al celebre tema di John Coltrane (qui rinominato «Là où tu vas»), «Giant ...

Norma Winstone: Descansado - Songs For Films

Read "Descansado - Songs For Films" reviewed by John Ephland

Norma Winstone has had her current trio since 2001, long enough to have released five albums (four for ECM). Descansado, a celebration of cinema through the language of music, is that fourth CD, and it's a winner from start to finish. The album's title derives from a Armando Trovajoli composition, used in Italian director Vittorio De ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Young / Terry Promane: Octet Vol. 2

Read "Octet Vol. 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's a sign of the economic times (and a steadily shrinking audience) that more and more jazz CDs are being released these days in the near-equivalent of a “plain brown wrapper." That's certainly true of Octet Vol. 2, the second recording by Canada's Dave Young / Terry Promane ensemble. That does not mean, however, that the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nate Birkey: Rome

Read "Rome" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

With this listenable and relaxed album, trumpeter Nate Birkey joins with four excellent musicians he hooked up with while playing in Italy to deliver a set of mostly ballads in his signature style with introspective improvising, empathic warmth, and minimal vibrato. His playing here is reminiscent of Bix Beiderbecke, one of Chet Baker's formative influences. The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stefanie Schlesinger: Reality

Read "Reality" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Reality is relative. For some, it's a direct reflection of the walk of life; for others, it's embedded in what's heard and seen from a safe distance--music encountered in a concert hall or club, movies and television shows taken in from the couch or the theater--and the merging of art and entertainment with daily existence. This ...

Philippe Baden Powell: Notes Over Poetry

Read "Notes Over Poetry" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Notes Over Poetry is Philippe Baden Powell's tribute to his personal and musical connections and encounters. “I can't remember a time making music just by myself, I've always felt like a kid with toys waiting for friends to come and play," he recalls.

Notes Over Poetry seems to grow more beautiful as you progress ...