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ARTICLE: RADIO

Running The Bas(s)es

Read "Running The Bas(s)es" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

In baseball parlance, “touch 'em all" refers to hitting a four-bagger, a home run. In this week's episode, we try to “touch" a whole bunch of wonderful contemporary bassists. The following would make up a pretty darn good all-star team of “bass" runners: John Hébert with Marty Ehrlich, Joshua Abrams, Drew Gress in Free Country, Sean ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Michaël Attias Presents "Nerve Dance" Featuring Aruán Ortiz, John Hébert & Nasheet Waits

Michaël Attias Presents "Nerve Dance" Featuring Aruán Ortiz, John Hébert & Nasheet Waits

Available March 10, 2017 on Clean Feed Records "Like a high-quality electronic product manufactured by the Panasonic Corporation, the career of alto saxophonist Michaël Attias has always involved being slightly ahead of his time...”—Ken Waxman, JazzWord Nerve Dance—saxophonist/composer/bandleader/conceptualist Michaël Attias’ sixth album (available on Clean Feed Records, March 10, 2017), which deals with the aesthetics of spontaneity, the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mara Rosenbloom Trio: Prairie Burn

Read "Prairie Burn" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When thought outpaces action in music, the results are often staid and forgettable. Conversely, when thinking is suppressed in favor of ceaseless activity, the end results are often turbid, shambolic, and largely unlistenable. It's the power struggle between the two, along with the personalities controlling that struggle, that help jazz to expand, evolve, explore, and excite. ...

Yoni Kretzmer 2 Bass Quartet: Book II

Read "Book II" reviewed by John Sharpe

One of the major innovations of the 1960s New Thing was to liberate the so called rhythm section from time keeping duties. The role of the bass in particular was transformed, allowing it leeway to sit alongside the front line. But there was still sometimes a need to impart momentum. One solution was to double up, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Darius Jones' New Album To Be Released August 21 On AUM Fidelity

Darius Jones' New Album To Be Released August 21 On AUM Fidelity

On August 21, 2015, AUM Fidelity will release alto saxophonist-composer Darius Jones' new album, the 5th installment in his ongoing Man'ish Boy epic. This acclaimed series began in 2009 with his debut, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), and shall be comprised of nine albums. This release arrives soundly at the mid-way point with aplomb. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vana Gierig: Making Memories

Read "Making Memories" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Quarto CD da leader ed esordio con la Enja per il pianista tedesco Vana Gierig, studi bostoniani e illustri collaborazioni con Eddie Gomez e Wynton Marsalis, oltre che con Paquito D'Rivera, ospite anche in questo Making Memories.

Il lavoro ruota attorno al trio di Gierig, che lo vede accanto al batterista Marcello Pellitteri ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

7th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival Taking Place June 8 & 15 In The Urban Meadow - Red Hook, Brooklyn

7th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival Taking Place June 8 & 15 In The Urban Meadow - Red Hook, Brooklyn

The 7th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will take place once again in Brooklyn's Urban Meadow on two consecutive Sundays, June 8 and 15, 2014 from 1-6 PM. As part of its continuing grassroots tradition, the RHJF is a 100% volunteer-run event that receives no major corporate sponsorship beyond in-kind donations from local businesses, nor any major grants this year. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Greg Tardy: Wherever He Wants Me

Read "Greg Tardy: Wherever He Wants Me" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

This past August, I did a concert with The Greg Tardy Quintet at Small's Jazz Club in New York City. The performance was significant in that it was the first time (except for one other gig earlier in the month) that ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mara Rosenbloom, Darius Jones, Brian Drye: Brooklyn Artist Snapshot

Read "Mara Rosenbloom, Darius Jones, Brian Drye: Brooklyn Artist Snapshot" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To even the casual observer, Brooklyn has incubated an extraordinary new generation of talented jazz artists. While the Borough is certainly renowned for a vibrant jazz community, and indeed has been since the mid-twentieth century, this latest cohort of artists is nevertheless worthy of a particular spotlight, not only for being a gathering of tremendous performers ...

Mara Rosenbloom Quartet: Songs from the Ground

Read "Songs from the Ground" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Mara Rosenbloom frames her second album on personal recollections encapsulating childhood, family matters, and challenging situations. Therefore, the idealization for this outing is not merely steeped within an austere band approach. Taken from this perspective, her musicality embeds or perhaps synchronizes a form of melodic goodness with a traumatic periphery.

Rosenbloom's brand ...