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Maria Grand: Magdalena

Read "Magdalena" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La si aspettava al varco (bonariamente parlando) dopo l'ottimo esordio con l'EP Tetrawind e Maria Grand, giovanissimo talento sbocciato alla corte di Steve Coleman e transitata dalle parti di Steve Lehman, Doug Hammond, Vijay Iyer e Craig Taborn non tradisce le attese, dando alle stampe con Magdalena un album di grande spessore, maturo e per certi ...

Live From New York: Four Dimensions, Maqueque & Asaf Yuria

Read "Live From New York: Four Dimensions, Maqueque & Asaf Yuria" reviewed by Martin Longley

Four Dimensions: Jin Hi Kim/Elliott Sharp/William Parker/Hamid Drake
Roulette
March 13, 2018

Four Dimensions is a quartet that brings together a partly unlikely grouping, with bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake having the most visibly long-standing partnership. Guitarist Elliott Sharp usually inhabits a different, though musically compatible, zone, whilst ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Maria Grand: Tetrawind

Read "Tetrawind" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Maria Grand, madre svizzera, padre argentino, dal 2011 residente a New York, a soli venticinque anni può vantare una serie di collaborazioni da far tremare i polsi -Tyshawn Sorey, Doug Hammond, Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer -oltre ad essere membro stabile dei Five Elements di Steve Coleman e new entry del trio di Steve Lehman. Insomma, roba ...

Maria Grand: Tetrawind

Read "Tetrawind" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Throughout the history of jazz there has always seem to be two camps, one camp maintains a discriminatory dividing line between vocalists and instrumentalists. Vocalist are not always viewed as equals with instrumentalist. Unfortunately, vocalists are stigmatized as not possessing the same time sense, improvisatory skills, and instrument control. However, this has thankfully been changing as ...

Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead

Read "Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Louis Hayes will turn 80 on May 31 (2017), but the party is still goin' hearty. He started celebrating this milestone back in February with an 18-day tour that began in Barcelona and concluded in jny: Amsterdam. It was mostly one-nighters with three nights in jny: Athens, two in jny: Paris and jny: London appearances at ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Duane Eubanks Quintet at Blues Alley

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Duane Eubanks
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
July 15, 2015

Duane Eubanks has been fighting to establish a noteworthy identity as a jazz trumpeter for years. One, he's had to dwell in the shadow of his more well-known brothers, Duane and Robin, as well as hustling in the often rough-and-tumble New York ...

Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints

Read "Synovial Joints" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Genius grant, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman is one of the most innovative contemporary improvisers and composers. Over a career that has spanned three decades Coleman has restlessly explored unique and ingenious ways of spontaneous expression and artistic conceptualization.

On Synovial Joints Coleman leads his large ensemble The Counsel ...

Jeremy Pelt: Face Forward, Jeremy

Read "Face Forward, Jeremy" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Trombettista, produttore, didatta (occupazione quest'ultima che l'ha visto attivo anche in Italia con diverse partecipazioni ai seminari estivi di Siena Jazz), Jeremy Pelt ha alle spalle decenni di militanza in formazioni di bop e post-bop: esordì con la Charles Mingus Big Band, e si esibisce tutt'ora con la Village Vanguard Orchestra e con la Duke Ellington ...

Louis Hayes: Return of the Jazz Communicators

Read "Return of the Jazz Communicators" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Much like what has happened with Smalls Records, the cottage industry that Smoke jazz club started when they debuted their own record label last fall has continued to grow into a viable commodity. So too, there is common ground to the look and feel of each release, even as the color scheme and the music itself ...

Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE

Read "Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Since its launch in 2010, the SmallsLIVE record label has been offering a substantial sampling of the outstanding jazz talent consistently featured at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City's Greenwich Village. Musicians who appear on the label range from the great veterans Harold Mabern and Jimmy Cobb to contemporary players at the top of their ...