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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Charlie Parker Festival 2018

Read "Charlie Parker Festival 2018" reviewed by Rudolph Lu

Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park's Summer Stage was the site of two separate concerts that were part of New York City's Charlie Parker Festival 2018. This 26th edition truly celebrated the diversity and styles of jazz.

August 24th opened with noted vocalist Brianna Thomas performing jazz standards with her talented swinging band. Charles Tolliver led ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems

Read "Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems" reviewed by Chris May

It took a few years for producer Bob Shad's newly formed Mainstream Records to nail its direction in the 1960s. A less than auspicious start was releasing the first singles by the latter-day Trump-boosting halfwit Ted Nugent. A better move, given hindsight, was releasing the debut album by Janis Joplin's Big Brother & The Holding Company. ...

Buddy Terry: Awareness

Read "Awareness" reviewed by Chris May

Strictly niche in 2018, and on the margins even during his early 1970s heyday, New Jersey's Buddy Terry was among the cohort of soul-jazz musicians who, inspired by the rise of the black consciousness movement in the late 1960s, elected to recalibrate and repurpose their music. The new aesthetic became known as freedom jazz (and, later, ...

Paula Shocron, Germán Lamonega, Pablo Diaz: Tensegridad

Read "Tensegridad" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Una pianista di Rosario, un bassista e un batterista dell'area di Buenos Aires, età media qualche anno sopra i trenta, compongono uno dei trii pianistici più eccitanti che ci sia capitato di ascoltare da un po' di tempo in qua. La formula, si sa, è stereotipata, tipizzata, come nessun'altra, per cui se il vento che attraversa ...

Billy Parker's Fourth World: Freedom Of Speech

Read "Freedom Of Speech" reviewed by Chris May

Drummer Billy Parker's 1975 album only tangentially connects to Fourth World music, the pancultural style which was given its name five years later by Jon Hassell on Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (Editions EG, 1980), the trumpeter's first collaboration with Brian Eno. Parker's Fourth World is the name of the band heard on Freedom Of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

SLD Trio: Tensegridad

Read "Tensegridad" reviewed by John Sharpe

Out of Argentina comes splendid entry into the piano-trio stakes. The three young protagonists, pianist Paula Shocron, bassist Germán Lamonega and drummer Pablo Diaz loom large on the Buenos Aires' creative music scene and have already made connections in NYC, resulting in Emptying The Self (NendoDango Records, 2017) where William Parker takes over the bass chair. ...

Take Five with Mike Casey

Read "Take Five with Mike Casey" reviewed by Mike Casey

About Mike Casey
Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the jny: Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album  "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Saxophonist and composer Mike Casey is proud to announce the February 7, 2017 release of his debut album The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door. Splitting his time between alto and tenor saxophone, Casey and his longtime trio present a fresh approach to the chordless saxophone trio format over the course of seven first-takes. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2016 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 2-4, 2016

The staging of North America's largest free jazz festival must indeed be some kind of massive undertaking. In the years since artistic director Chris Collins has taken the reins of the festival, there have been many changes, some for the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Albums

Read "The Blue Note Albums" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Risale al 1962 il primo disco di Herbie Hancock, già distintosi al fianco di Donald Byrd come pianista equilibrato e raffinato, di sicuro affidamento. La stima di cui godeva era già tale da rendere il suo esordio discografico un vero e proprio evento. A differenza di quanto normalmente avveniva per le opere prime, Takin Off (Blue ...