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2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

Mara Rosenbloom, Thumbscrew & Nation Beat

Read "Mara Rosenbloom, Thumbscrew & Nation Beat" reviewed by Martin Longley

Mara Rosenbloom/Melanie Dyer/Ken Filiano/Rashaan Carter Soup & Sound April 10, 2019 It's an old tradition, sometimes out of necessity, for artists to host low-key gigs in their own homes. The hyper-inventive and often powerfully percussive drummer Andrew Drury has been offering soup and sound for quite a while now, opening ...

Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band

Read "Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band" reviewed by Martin Longley

Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions Smalls March 31, 2018 To assist with his investigation into tenor traditions, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery formed a full-thrust front line with Marcus Strickland and George Garzone, surely one of the most vibrant teams possible around current NYC clubland. The quintet was completed by bassist Yasushi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mara Rosenbloom Trio: Prairie Burn

Read "Prairie Burn" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When thought outpaces action in music, the results are often staid and forgettable. Conversely, when thinking is suppressed in favor of ceaseless activity, the end results are often turbid, shambolic, and largely unlistenable. It's the power struggle between the two, along with the personalities controlling that struggle, that help jazz to expand, evolve, explore, and excite. ...

Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker

Read "Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Darius Jones Quintet/The Mara Rosenbloom Trio Ibeam June 13, 2016 This appealing double bill made a Monday night visit to Ibeam a certainty, even if only for a select-sized audience. This musician-orientated room in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn is completely dedicated to the activity of performance, without a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mara Rosenbloom, Darius Jones, Brian Drye: Brooklyn Artist Snapshot

Read "Mara Rosenbloom, Darius Jones, Brian Drye: Brooklyn Artist Snapshot" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To even the casual observer, Brooklyn has incubated an extraordinary new generation of talented jazz artists. While the Borough is certainly renowned for a vibrant jazz community, and indeed has been since the mid-twentieth century, this latest cohort of artists is nevertheless worthy of a particular spotlight, not only for being a gathering of tremendous performers ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mara Rosenbloom Quartet: Songs from the Ground

Read "Songs from the Ground" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Mara Rosenbloom frames her second album on personal recollections encapsulating childhood, family matters, and challenging situations. Therefore, the idealization for this outing is not merely steeped within an austere band approach. Taken from this perspective, her musicality embeds or perhaps synchronizes a form of melodic goodness with a traumatic periphery. Rosenbloom's brand ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Thirsty Ear at Stone Curated by Peter Gordon: October 1-15

Thirsty Ear at Stone Curated by Peter Gordon: October 1-15

In 1990, Thirsty Ear made its emergence as a record label of its own, quickly accelerating its position and becoming one of the top alternative independent labels within the U.S. music industry. Since its beginning in 2000, the story of the Blue Series has been one of focused, organic evolution. From free jazz masters, legends in ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Thirsty Ear at The Stone (NYC) October 1st to the 15th

Thirsty Ear at The Stone (NYC) October 1st to the 15th

Tapping into the vast resources of Thirsty Ear's much-heralded Blue Series, President Peter Gordon will be curating two weeks at The Stone, from October 1st to October 15th. From free jazz masters, legends in their own time, to some of the most innovative hip-hop and electronic music producers, to individuals whose music defies any such labeling, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darius Jones Trio: Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing)

Read "Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing)" reviewed by Troy Collins

Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) is the premier recording of Virginia-born alto saxophonist Darius Jones, a prodigiously talented instrumentalist whose Southern roots shine through on this vivacious debut. A regular sideman to Lewis Barnes, William Hooker, Mike Pride, and Mara Rosenbloom, Jones also leads his own trio, which features bassist Adam Lane and drummer ...


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