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ARTICLE: RADIO

Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases

Read "Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

September! What a month. The summer is over... so are the summer festivals... but that is also the month when record labels start churning out some of their best releases to bring the temperature up in advance of the end-of-year polls and listicles. So here comes an onslaught of heavy-hitters with their new or upcoming releases, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Adam Larson Band: Listen With Your Eyes

Read "Listen With Your Eyes" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Adam Larson may hail initially from Normal (Illinois), but there is absolutely nothing typical or average, in terms of style or ability, about the now-Kansas-City-based saxophonist. He has gathered a trio with comparable strengths and, behind his towering tenor, they create a showcase of prime progressive jazz.

The ride begins with “Sleepers," a shape-shifting ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes for Jazz Saxophone

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Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes For Jazz Saxophone
by Adam Larson
17 Pages
ISBN: #978-1724613059
Self Published
2018

The educational market is saturated with printed materials that regurgitate the same concepts with slight-to-little-to-no variation, playing--or preying, perhaps--on everything from foundational needs to grasps at virtuosity. Truly novel concepts ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision

Read "Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

For much of the past decade, Cuban-born pianist Fabian Almazan spent most of his time playing with Terence Blanchard who called him: “One of the great, young, new talent of his generation." Now 39 and based in New York City, Fabian earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and was voted ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fabian Almazan

Read "Fabian Almazan" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Partner di Terence Blanchard dal 2007 (il trombettista l'ha definito «Uno dei grandi giovani talenti della sua generazione») Fabian Almazan è stato votato miglior pianista emergente nel critics poll di Down Beat del 2014 e il suo ultimo disco Alcanza ha ottenuto 5 stelle nella recensione delle stessa rivista.

Pianista stabile del quartetto di Mark ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam Larson: Second City

Read "Second City" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

For those out there who love it when a saxophonist hits the ground running, immediately taking control of the proceedings with their eyes and ears set on the far horizon, then Second City twenty-seven year old Adam Larson's fourth disc--yes fourth!--is the thrilling disc to be hearing right now.

Leading a punchy and tenacious ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam Larson: Second City

Read "Second City" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When you hear “Second City" and think about improvisation, comedy comes to mind before jazz. But this music is no laughing matter. Saxophonist Adam Larson is one serious talent, as this, his fourth album to date, makes clear.

While Larson has called New York home for the past decade, Second City was recorded ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam Larson: Second City

Read "Second City" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The first thing one notices when listening to tenor saxophonist Adam Larson's latest release, Second City, is the torrent of notes coming out of his horn, seemingly in unstoppable waves. But Larson's got a lot more to offer than just impeccable chops. He possesses a rhythmic sophistication and compositional cleverness that should help him distinguish himself ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Inner Circle Music: Creativity and Community Spirit

Read "Inner Circle Music: Creativity and Community Spirit" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The music industry today is defined by a strange paradox: there are too few labels and too many. On the one hand, the major labels have merged and sign less jazz artists, meaning the dream of a company with plenty of promotional muscles becomes harder to achieve. On the other hand, more and more musicians have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bastian Weinhold: Cityscape

Read "Cityscape" reviewed by Dave Wayne

German-born drummer Bastian Weinhold came to New York City in 2009 to study at the Manhattan School Of Music. He quickly got a lot of traction around town, recording and subsequently releasing his debut album, River Styx (Frame Music, 2010) just over a year after his arrival. His backing band on that release included Linda Oh, ...