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Stephanie Richards: Take The Neon Lights

Read "Take The Neon Lights" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Trumpeter/composer Steph Richards kicks ass and she wants you to know it from the very first cutting, fluttering evocations of Take The Neon Lights' title tune/opener to the near “Taps"-like silence that closes things out, “All the Years of Our Lives."

With a colorful CV of playing alongside such boundary-busting, risk-taking players as David ...

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Gavin Templeton: In Series

Read "In Series" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Tenerezza e vigore, delicatezza e fermezza sostanziano la natura di In Series. Affrontando sistematicamente l'ascolto dell'album del sassofonista Gavin Templeton affiorano episodi autenticamente ispirati che, pur non prescindendo dai consolidati precetti che normano il jazz moderno, consegnano al fruitore momenti di indubbia raffinatezza musicale.
“Karina," ad esempio, ha la sinuosità intrigante di una ballad tradizionale; ...

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Ochion Jewell Quartet: Volk

Read "Volk" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Volk, in tedesco popolo, come tutti sappiamo. Il fatto è che i popoli rappresentati in questo album sono diversi (e nessuno ha a che fare con la Germania): Appalachi per il leader del quartetto, il sassofonista Ochion Jewell, marocchino per il pianista Amino Belyamani, iraniano per il bassista Sam Minaie, pakistano per il batterista Qasim Naqvi, ...

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Ochion Jewell Quartet: Volk

Read "Volk" reviewed by Budd Kopman

From the opening notes of its introductory overture, “At the End of the World, Where the Lion Weep" which leads to the improvisatory “Pathos/Logos," Volk feels like an important record with a seriousness of intent, precision of execution combined with emotional depth and breadth. A vast sound scape is opened into which we peer, quickly followed ...

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Ochion Jewell Quartet: Volk

Read "Volk" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Ochion Jewell melds folk influences from around the world into an intimately personal and globally resonant work with his second release Volk. Created in the aftermath of his traumatic experience with mistaken identity and brutal police treatment, Volk is a tribute to the integrality of musical expression

Jewell and his band interpret his ...

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Kat Reinhert: Spark

Read "Spark" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Kat Reinhert's Spark is a musical treatise on navigating the bends and sharp turns on the road of life. It's a journey of self discovery, personal expression, and empowerment, bravely put on display for all to hear.

Reinhert, a New York-based vocalist who splits her time between teaching and performing, delivers thirteen ...

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David Ake: Lake Effect

Read "Lake Effect" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist David Ake strikes a pensive pose on the back cover of Lake Effect, foreshadowing a good amount of the music that follows. With his previous album, Ake reveled in the opportunity to keep listener's guessing from song to song and moment to moment. It was a musical gambit that paid off handsomely, making Bridges (Posi-Tone, ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2014

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2014" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Ambrose Akinmusire By Invitation
Tigran By Invitation
Tord Gustavsen Quartet / Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana, Mehliana
June 26-July 6, 2014

There simply isn't a festival in the world like the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Where else in the world can you ...

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Peter Epstein Quartet: Polarities

Read "Polarities" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Polarity, depending on the usage of the word, can reference opposites, the carrying of positive and negative charges, or attraction to a specific point, object, or idea; saxophonist Peter Epstein's Polarities deals with all of that.

Epstein, a notable player on the New York scene in the '90s, has kept a lower profile ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 2-November 18, 2013

Enjoy Jazz is an event that can be attended in its entirety only by the lucky residents of the metropolitan area located in the Rhine-Neckar Triangle--and that for the simple reason that it runs for seven weeks. The good news is that ...