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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bohemian Trio: Okònkolo

Read "Okònkolo" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Raffinata formazione in equilibrio tra camerismo e jazz, musica cubana ed europea, questo trio nasce per iniziativa del pianista Orlando Alonso e del sassofonista Yosvany Terry, entrambi cubani diplomati al conservatorio e con studi alla Juilliard, quando nel 2012 sentono l'esigenza di mettere a punto un progetto che fosse la sintesi dei molti stimoli e interessi ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 15-20, 2017

Mid November in Buenos Aires is a special time of the year. True to the meaning of the city's name, the air is crisp and fresh and blossoming jacaranda trees bathe the greater metropolitan area in a dazzling shower of purple ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito

Read "Azul Infinito" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo i due interessanti lavori realizzati con questo gruppo (Music Is Emotion, Alternate Side 2013 e Into the Zone, Greenleaf Music 2014) Ryan Keberle firma oggi il suo album più riuscito in veste di leader. L'organico è quasi lo stesso del precedente ma uno degli ospiti -la cantante Camila Meza-è entrata nella formazione in pianta stabile, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito

Read "Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While the blues is a distinctly American creation, formed, fueled, and furthered by the African diaspora, the United States holds no ownership on blue-streaked sounds. They exist beyond our borders, and Azul Infinito makes that case in artful fashion by simultaneously tapping into various South American musical forms and cultures, reshaping them, and highlighting the color ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Global Jazz Orchestra: Global Warming / Globarhythm

Read "Global Warming / Globarhythm" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One day, about a dozen or so years ago, a slender, unassuming Japanese man stood at a booth at the far end of an exhibit hall at an annual conference of the (now-defunct) International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). Answering a question posed by a writer looking for big-band CDs to review, he said, in halting ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mari Koga: Perfect Blue

Read "Perfect Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Japanese-born vocalist Mari Koga has been living in New York for some time now, performing in the City's most prestige's jazz clubs and making a name for herself in one of the most vibrant jazz scenes around. With the help of long-time friend and fellow Japanese artist, pianist Chiemi Nakai, Koga now presents her astonishing debut ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pedro Giraudo Big Band: Cuentos

Read "Cuentos" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cuentos, the sixth recording by Argentine-born, New York-based composer / arranger / bassist Pedro Giraudo and his first as leader of a fully formed large ensemble, is a rhythmic delight, deftly interweaving the best of Giraudo's South American heritage with contemporary big-band jazz of the highest order. Giraudo wrote and arranged every number, on each of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trombonist Ryan Keberle & Catharsis To Release Second Record, Into The Zone

Trombonist Ryan Keberle & Catharsis To Release Second Record, Into The Zone

Exploring Meditative Concept Of Mindfulness As Applied To Improvised Music, On Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Music, Out Sept. 30, 2014 Into the Zone Features Original Catharsis Lineup: Ryan KEBERLE (trombone/melodica), MIKE RODRIGUEZ (trumpet), JORGE ROEDER (bass), ERIC DOOB (drums), Plus Newest Addition to Catharsis, CAMILA MEZA (vocals); And An Encore Guest Spot from SCOTT ROBINSON (sax) Most jazz musicians avoid repetition dogmatically. But when ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chiemi Nakai: Transformation

Read "Transformation" reviewed by Edward Blanco

New York-based pianist Chiemi Nakai is a native of Japan who began her musical journey in training as a classical pianist but preferred the sounds of Afro-Cuban and other Latin music. Moving to the Big Apple in 1998, Nakai began her professional career performing and touring with international Latin music stars, formed her own group, Chiemi ...