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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 1-2

Read "Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 1-2" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Part 1 | Part 2

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 18-19, 2017

When mid-October rolls around, many fans of avant-garde jazz and creative music prepare to converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan for their annual pilgrimage to the Kerrytown Concert House, home of the Edgefest festival. Now in its ...

Montreux Through The Decades: Jazz Recordings, Part One

Read "Montreux Through The Decades: Jazz Recordings, Part One" reviewed by Ian Patterson

To celebrate Montreux Jazz Festival's 50th edition in 2016, and as a posthumous tribute to the festival's founder, the late Claude Nobs, All About Jazz is launching a new column entitled Montreux Through the Decades, which will periodically present reviews of officially released live recordings from MJF, from its first edition in 1967 to the present. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The final recording of the late violinist Billy Bang from February 2011, days before his final performance in the TUMfest 11 in Helsinki, is a celebration of his life as musician. Bang chose for this recording compositions of innovative musicians in the history of jazz--Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins-- that were part ...

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Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by John Sharpe

Even were one not viewing Da Bang! through the lens of this being violinist Billy Bang's last album, recorded just two short months before he succumbed to cancer in April 2011, there is still a detectable elegiac air which pervades even the brightest tracks. That's not the fault of the cast, although trombonist Dick Griffin comes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Troy Collins

Da Bang! is the last studio album recorded by violinist Billy Bang, made just two months before he passed away on April 11, 2011. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, Bang spoke about the healing power of music during these sessions and how he wanted to give something back to those who inspired and supported him. ...

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Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The list of prominent jazz violinists is not a long one. Start with Stéphane Grappelli and his legendary Hot Club de France swing recordings with gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Then there's Stuff Smith and his innovative electrolyzing of the instrument; Joe Venuti; the late Polish firebrand Zbigniew Seifert; and the still-active, post-bop/fusion player Jean-Luc Ponty.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On April 10, 2011, the music world lost one of the foremost innovators of the violin, Billy Bang. In addition to boldly pushing the instrument's boundaries, he is one of the rare jazz players who left an indelible mark on it. The Finnish TUM label posthumously released Bang's swan song, recorded a mere two months before ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dick Griffin: Time Will Tell

Read "Time Will Tell" reviewed by William Carey

This set of eight original tunes, all penned by trombonist/leader Dick Griffin is a testament to the old KISS adage: keep it simple, stupid. Get some good players together, write some straightforward melodies, and blow, and Griffin has assembled some good players

“Could It Be the Blues" strikes the perfect mood to open ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival: Days 5-6, June 9-10, 2011

Read "Vision Festival: Days 5-6, June 9-10, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe


Day 1 | Days 2-3 | Day 4 | Days 5-6 | Day 7
Kidd Jordan Quintet, Matthew Shipp/Evan Parker, Paradoxical Frog, Planetary Unknown
Vision Festival

Abrons Arts Center

New York City

June 9-10, 2011


Kidd Jordan Quintet

New Orleans saxophonist Edward Kidd Jordan, who was the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 16 - June 9: An Evening of Special Projects

Vision Festival 16 - June 9: An Evening of Special Projects

The special project nights embody the epitome of the festival and the most striking contrast with the pre packaged, off the shelf bloat fests. And the events are thoughtfully timed to allow for movement between performances in the Main Stage and the Downstairs Theater, where the evening begins with the final panel discussion looking to education with seasoned and ...