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Ten Artists: May 2019

Read "Ten Artists: May 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Paul Jost
Simple Life
Paul Jost Music
2019

I believe there are precious few exceptional male jazz vocalists. There. I said it. Female vocalists? They are legion. But once one has pruned away the vanity projects, the Sinatra wannabes, and the most recent unforgivable cover of “My Funny Valentine," there remain few. Paul Jost ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drum Maestro Akira Tana Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

Drum Maestro Akira Tana  Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

AKIRA TANA didn’t have to go looking for Brazilian music as a young musician. An elite jazz drummer since the mid-1970s, he’s been immersed in the verdant hothouse of Brazil’s surging rhythms and sensuous melodies his entire career. His new album JAZZaNOVA, which is slated for release by Vega on March 1, 2018, reflects an abiding ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Winners 2017 - Jazz List

Grammy Winners 2017 - Jazz List

And the winners of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards are... JAZZ Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Culcha Vulcha
Snarky Puppy (Ground Up Music) Human Nature — Herb Alpert (Herb Alpert Presents)
When You Wish Upon A Star — Bill Frisell (Okeh Records)
Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY— Steve Gadd (BFM Jazz)
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ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Trombonist Wayne Wallace racking up Grammy nods with distinctive record label

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Usually when a musician starts a record label, it's with no intent beyond releasing his own music. Not so with San Francisco-based trombonist Wayne Wallace. Since forming Patois Records (Motto: “Promoting improvisation") more than a decade ago, Wallace has used the label as a vehicle to promote both his own Latin jazz work and music of ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

James Nadal's Best Releases of 2016

Read "James Nadal's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by James Nadal

Having had the honor and pleasure to review over eighty records in 2016, choosing a dozen is a difficult task. There are featured blues and soul vocalists, which are maintaining the significance of these genres alive with the authentic talent and dedication required. Included are stimulating offerings from innovative fusion and experimental artists, as well as ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Nominees 2017 Named - Jazz List

Grammy Nominees 2017 Named - Jazz List

The 59th Annual Grammys will air live from the Staples Center in LA on Feb. 12th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  Here is the full list of nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards: JAZZ Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Countdown” — Joey Alexander
“In Movement” — Ravi Coltrane
“We See” — Fred Hersch
“I Concentrate ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, La Orquesta Sinfonietta: Canto América

Read "Canto América" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Impegnati da decenni nella valorizzazione del jazz di matrice afro-cubana, Michael Spiro e Wayne Wallace operano qui una fusione tra ritmi del folklore caraibico, motivi del tipico latin jazz e orchestrazioni classiche per archi. Un progetto ambizioso che può sembrare nuovo ma rinnova un incontro lontano. “La musica latina della tradizione ha sempre avuto saldi legami ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Corey Christiansen: Factory Girl

Read "Factory Girl" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist Corey Christiansen began his stint at Origin Records in 2008 with a top notch organ jazz outing, Roll With It. He followed that with an equally engaging disc featuring the same players, Outlaw Tractor on the label in 2010. On these two dates, Christensen and his superb band worked the soul jazz groove typical of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace: Canto América

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The historical evolution of the Caribbean Basin and specifically the Greater Antilles, has been over five hundred years in the making. The triangular connections between Europe, Africa, and the New World with its ensuing social and economic constraints, established the conditions for an innovative culture in the region. The enculturation process led to the creolization of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Intercambio

Read "Intercambio" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Trombonista, bandleader e produttore, Wayne Wallace è una delle figure eminenti del Latin Jazz, termine ovviamente riduttivo che non coglie la ricchezza della fusione tra ritmi caraibici e jazz moderno. Per comodità, l'etichetta è comunque in uso e in questa categoria Intercambio ha ottenuto una nomination al Grammy Awards del febbraio 2016 (premio poi andato a ...