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Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round

Read "3 Times Round" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to the music of Jonathan Finlayson is kind of like being in the audience of a TED Talk where the entire house is packed with PhDs. You understand the presenter is operating on a higher level, and so the acquisition of knowledge requires attention and some discipline. But you come to expect a challenge from ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne

Read "Hawthorne" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs began his Frequency Response series in 2003 with Conscription (CIMP Records). The group--then a quartet--included tenor saxophonist Brian Settles and drummer Chad Taylor. Alto saxophonist Jason Candler, violinists Jean Cook and Jenna Barvitski are later additions to Frequency Response. On their long-awaited fourth album Hawthorne, Abbs again stands in as a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne

Read "Hawthorne" reviewed by Don Phipps

On his album Hawthorne, Brooklyn-based Tom Abbs showcases his mastery of several instruments and writing styles. Combining free, hard bop, world, and blues styles, Abbs's compositions juxtapose explosive exposés of new music with idioms that hearken back to ancient times.

Abbs is joined by Jean Cook and Jenna Barvitski on violin, Brian Settles on ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed

Read "Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

September 2017 was a horrible month for the US Virgin Islands (USVI). As the New York Times wrote, “In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria Drowned What Irma Didn't Destroy." We should not forget that from these isles, a pool of talent has created music that has endured, survived, and influenced. Music writers and researchers have investigated ...

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Martin Longley

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016
Urban Meadow Community Garden
Red Hook, Brooklyn
June 12 & 19, 2016

This ninth edition of the Red Hook Jazz Festival appeared to draw its biggest crowd yet. Not that it's a large- capacity event, but perhaps a setting close to the water's ...

Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Riporta alla mente esperienze tipo quelle, gloriose, consumate a cavallo fra anni Sessanta e Settanta dal cenacolo raccolto attorno alla premiata ditta Carla Bley/Michael Mantler, questo notevole nuovo lavoro di Michael Formanek (incisione del dicembre 2014). Ora come allora, un manipolo di solisti (ma anche compositori, leader, ecc.) tra i migliori in circolazione si riunsicono attorno ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

9th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn's Urban Meadow, June 12 & 19 From 1-6pm

9th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn's Urban Meadow, June 12 & 19 From 1-6pm

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” —Nate Chinen, New York ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Here's a surprise. Bassist Michael Formanek is probably best known for his two recent ECM Records dates, Rub and Spare Change (2010) and Small Places, a couple of modernistic quartet sessions featuring saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Gerald Cleaver. These are tight and intense sets, architecturally solid, free-like outings that may have helped ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Jazz composers writing for large ensembles have often avoided the label “big band," going back to the Jazz Composer's Orchestra in the '60s, not to mention Sun Ra's Arkestra and the many Swing Era bands that called themselves orchestras. It's an understandable choice, given the unavoidable--and potentially limiting--stylistic associations that come with the big band name. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Winter Jazzfest 2016: ECM Records Stage

Read "Winter Jazzfest 2016: ECM Records Stage" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Winter Jazzfest--ECM Records Stage
The New School Tishman Auditorium
New York, NY
January 15 & 16, 2016

There's a very modern feel at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School University Center, the site for a two-night showcase for ECM Records at the 2016 Winter Jazzfest--with the Escher-esque stairs that ...