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Anansi Trio: On The Path

Read "On The Path" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The concept of a sax-bass-drums trio is not a new one, but Washington, DC's Anansi Trio puts a new twist on the idea through Mark Merella playing what he calls a hybrid drum kit, incorporating conga drums, cymbals and parts of a trap drum set. This adds extra measures of bounce and groove to his playing ...

Basic Beauty: Arthur Blythe on Columbia

Read "Basic Beauty: Arthur Blythe on Columbia" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Back in 2016, BGO Records started reissuing the complete works of alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe (1940-2017) on Columbia. The first volume containing Lenox Avenue Breakdown (1979), In the Tradition (1980), Illusions and Blythe Spirit (1981) has already been reviewed on AAJ. The following two volumes complete the project of putting an important body of work from ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Arthur Blythe

Jazz Musician of the Day: Arthur Blythe

All About Jazz is celebrating Arthur Blythe's birthday today!

A singularly distinctive and uniquely distinguishable stylist, Arthur Blythe is considered one of the greatest alto saxophonist\'s of his generation. Blythe\'s beautiful, passionate and expressive sound validates his reputation as one of the most significant jazz musicians of our times. Blythe\'s work is notable for its ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

NICOLE JO: 20

Read "20" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A most versatile and hard-working musician, Nicole Johänntgen can be heard in a variety of ensembles, embracing elements of India and the Middle East in her ethno-jazz quartet, adopting a contemporary approach to New Orleans jazz as witnessed on the marvellous Henry (Self-Produced, 2017) or tearing it up with guitarist/vocalist Peter Finc in a duo that ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

10 Most Read Articles: 2017

Read "10 Most Read Articles: 2017" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our top ten published in 2017.

Interview
John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring
by Alan Bryson
Published: September 5, 2017

Building a Jazz Library
Forget Old Europe: 15 ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Arthur Blythe, 1940-2017: A Remembrance

Read "Arthur Blythe, 1940-2017: A Remembrance" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

The emotive power of Arthur Blythe's bracing alto saxophone tone and flighty phrasing set him apart from many of his generation. A poet, a muezzin, an angry activist, a lamenting lover: Blythe conjured a broad array of sonic images through his nonpareil approach to music. The beloved altoist, who had battled Parkinson's disease for the past ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The world seems more uncertain than ever before, but in times of uncertainty, music provides comfort and a hope that it is actually possible to communicate across borders, whether they be physical or psychological.

Among the releases that caught my attention this year, the one that meant most to me by far is ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nicole Johanntgen: Henry

Read "Henry" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Still only in her mid-thirties, Zurich-based German alto saxophonist/composer Nicole Johänntgen has been performing and tirelessly exploring music for over twenty years. With half a dozen recordings as leader under her belt, Johänntgen turns to New Orleans for inspiration on Henry. Named after her father, who used to play trombone in lieu of an early morning ...

Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown / In The Tradition / Illusions / Blythe Spirit

Read "Lenox Avenue Breakdown / In The Tradition / Illusions / Blythe Spirit" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Jazz-reissues are important because they help to write and rewrite jazz-history. Through reissues, the prominence of an artist is maintained and the canon is confirmed, but it can also be questioned and corrected. A double-disc from the excellent reissue label, BGO, brings four key records from leader and alto saxophonist, Arthur Blythe, back into circulation. The ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...