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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Ryndak & Tom Lockwood: Gratitude

Read "Gratitude" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There's poignancy about the titles of the selections on this fine album that generates reflection. Perhaps that was the intention of the two composers, Rob Ryndak and Tom Lockwood. However, the music of Gratitude—all original, highly textural—solidifies this supposition.

Incorporating a crew of fine Chicago-area musicians along with guest trumpeter Brian Lynch, Ryndak ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Alicia Olatuja talks about her "Intuition"

Read "Alicia Olatuja talks about her "Intuition"" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

As an artist, Alicia Olatuja is distinguished by her graceful presence and her fine-tuned and soulful vocals. Her latest album, Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women, is a collection of classic songs written by female composers. The album features David Rosenthal on guitar, Billy Childs on piano, Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums, Dayna Stephens on ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Sounds of Saxophones

Read "The Sounds of Saxophones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The saxophone continues to be one of the cornerstone instruments of jazz. Here are three recent recordings that demonstrate different approaches to the use of saxophones in the music.

Jordan Pettay
First Fruit
Outside In Music
2019

Jordan Pettay is a young Julliard graduate who makes her ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019

Read "ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
January 11-12, 2019

On January 11th and 12th, Winter Jazzfest attendees were treated to two nights of performances by some of the ECM's most vibrant affiliates. The impressions left in their wake verged on moving pictures, comprising a montage of ...

Sabir Khan, Steve Smith, Billy Childs, Pamelia Stickney & Sam Amidon

Read "Sabir Khan, Steve Smith, Billy Childs, Pamelia Stickney & Sam Amidon" reviewed by Martin Longley

Sabir Khan & Aditya Kalyanpur
The Rubin Museum Of Art
March 23, 2018

The Rubin Museum now seems to have eased off on its penchant for strictly all-acoustic performances, with microphones in place for this recital by the Indian sarangi player Sabir Khan, returning a long time after his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Johannes Wallmann: Love Wins

Read "Love Wins" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The depths to which some factions of “civil" society will sink in order to deny others their equal rights, respect, and acknowledgement is downright depressing. But the height to which love can rise and overcome is heartening, to say the least.

Pianist Johannes Wallmann is better acquainted with both of those aforementioned truths ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Denson: Outside My Window

Read "Outside My Window" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Jeff Denson has been showing his abilities as a singer on several recent recordings. He performed a couple of The Beatles' songs on the San Francisco String Trio's May I Introduce To You and did Jeff Buckley's “So Real" on the Negative Press Project's Eternal Life: Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds. Here he devotes an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jonathan Greenstein: Vol 2

Read "Vol 2" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The title is plain as can be, the vaguely ECM-ish cover is pretty in its simplicity, and the playing follows suit—not plain as in bland or boring, but in an honestly straightforward manner with a minimum of fuss. Jonathan Greenstein ascribes an “anti-hero nature" to his voice on saxophone, which simply means that he doesn't need ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simona Premazzi: Outspoken

Read "Outspoken" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Friulana, autorevole formazione classica (diploma al conservatorio di Udine) e jazzistica (è stata allieva tra gli altri di Franco D'Andrea e ha figurato nella big band di Enrico Intra, da quasi quindici anni la pianista e bandleader Simona Premazzi si è trasferita a New York, dove coltiva collaborazioni di tutto rispetto, insegna e realizza la sua ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eden Ladin: Yequm

Read "Yequm" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

New York based pianist Eden ladin's debut album Yequm is a remarkable demonstration of maturity and restraint in composition as well as execution. In collaboration with fellow New York neighbours and contemporaries, such as guitarist Gilad Hekselman and singer/guitarist Camila Meza, the Israeli-born sound visionary has recorded an enticing collection of songs, putting on display passionate ...