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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

Greg Skaff: Soulmation

Read "Soulmation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Greg Skaff is all about the grease, grit, and grooves on Soulmation. It's a logical extension of his previous work--guitar-fronted organ group dates like East Harlem Skyline (Zoho Music, 2009) and 116th & Park (Zoho Music, 2012)--but it's a tad heavier, raunchier, and funkier than anything Skaff threw us on those records. His approach here ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Foundation of Funk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

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Foundation of Funk
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Denver
February 11, 2017

Foundation: the base upon which something is built. From houses to skyscrapers, foundations are essential. They must be solid, strong and most of all, immovable. A funk foundation? That, too, must be solid and strong. But immovable? No, quite the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott Amendola vs. Wil Blades: Greatest Hits

Read "Greatest Hits" reviewed by Doug Collette

Hardly the adversarial enterprise its billing implies, Greatest Hits is not keyboardist Wil Blades' first duo with a master percussionist: he recorded Shimmy (Amulet, 2012) with Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame) in 2012. And any music lover who relished Martin's somewhat more abstract collaboration with keyboardist Medeski, Mago (Amulet, 2007) will be nevertheless ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vasil Hadzimanov: Alive - featuring David Binney

Read "Alive - featuring David Binney" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Ottimo e abbondante il menu di “cucina" fusion offerto da questo live confezionato dal compositore e tastierista serbo Vasil Hadzimanov insieme al suo gruppo che, per l'occasione, si onora della collaborazione del noto sassofonista americano David Binney (virtuoso del sax alto, noto oltre che per i suoi numerosi lavori come leader per aver suonato con Uri ...

Guitars Galore: Major Vistas, Joe Policastro Trio, Dan Arcamone, Charlie Ballantine, Sound Underground, & Kay-Ta Matsuno

Read "Guitars Galore: Major Vistas, Joe Policastro Trio, Dan Arcamone, Charlie Ballantine, Sound Underground, & Kay-Ta Matsuno" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A brief overview of several notable 2016 contemporary jazz releases featuring guitarists.

Major Vistas
Minor Anthems
Self Produced
2016

A fresh approach to the jazz trio, and the debut release from Madison, Wisconsin's Major Vistas. Keyboardist Mike Weiser says he thinks of it as a modern “organ" ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 22 -July 3, 2016

It's hard to believe, with seasons that move quickly from spring into summer, that it was time, once again, for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival has grown from a weekend event into a full-blown, ...

Who Listens to Jazz

Read "Who Listens to Jazz" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

There is an old Indian legend about several blind men examining an elephant. Each examines a different part of the creature and comes to a completely dissimilar conclusion as to what it is. Then the elephant, in a state of musth, stomps the helpless bastards to death to get at a '67 VW Microbus he mistakes ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Jayson Tipp / Under The Lake

Read "Take Five with Jayson Tipp / Under The Lake" reviewed by Under The Lake

About Jayson Tipp from Under The Lake:
“Effervescent, vivacious and all-together engaging" is how one reviewer describes Under The Lake's music, an original sound that Don Dilorio of the North Jersey Herald and News says “doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references." It's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

James Brandon Lewis: Days of Freeman

Read "Days of Freeman" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Una delle promesse più significative del jazz attuale pubblica il terzo disco da leader, confermando la formula del trio con un progetto e una partnership nuovi.
Se nel precedente Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014) aveva come padri tutelari William Parker e Gerald Cleaver in un percorso ispirato alla tradizione gospel, stavolta il sassofonista si rivolge ...


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