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NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Discover Lyn Stanley: New CD In Development "Looking For Angel Eyes"

Discover Lyn Stanley: New CD In Development "Looking For Angel Eyes"

“To Lyn-A Great Talent!” –Sammy Nestico He chose these words to inscribe Lyn Stanley’s copy of his autobiography. Music was always part of Stanley’s life. Her mother was a spirited jitterbug dancer, her father was an enthusiastic amateur jazz pianist and her grandfather was a trained opera singer. Despite this grounding in the arts, Stanley’s mother steered her ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Spike Wilner: Koan

Read "Koan" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I have an idea that pianist Spike Wilner has read Kenny Werner's book Effortless Mastery: Liberating The Master Musician Within (1996), because Koan emulates Werner's lessons in surrendering one's self to music. Werner's teachings on enlightenment flow through this trio recording, Wilner's sixth as a leader.

As a disciple of Harlem stride and ragtime, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz 2016

Read "Bray Jazz 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz
Various venues
jny:Bray, Ireland
April 29 -May 1, 2016

With first-rate music festivals mushrooming all over Ireland, Bray Jazz remains a highlight in a crowded calendar. Now in its seventeenth year, Bray Jazz' tried and tested format strikes a pleasing balance musically, with jazz, folk and world musics in ...

Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief

Read "Hotel Grief" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Se c'è Tom Rainey dietro i tamburi, state certi che la musica palpita, veleggia, s'impenna. Che sia un piano-trio jazz (Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Kris Davis) o un gruppo a composizione stratificata e complessa (Tim Berne), oppure un gioco di libera improvvisazione (i Lark, Tony Malaby), il drumming di Rainey è garanzia di sorpresa, tensione drammatica, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches

Read "Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been a good year for New York-based, Japanese violinist/composer Tomoko Omura, whose second CD as leader, Roots (Inner Circle Music), has earned high praise from critics and peers alike. The roots of the title refer to Omura's heritage as she reimagines popular Japanese tunes through the prism of jazz. The ten tracks draw inspiration from ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A theme for this year's list? How about “Jazz Unbound?" I initially planned on placing my picks into different categories, as I've often done in the past. But I thought better of it. The releases that caught my ear in 2015 cover the entire spectrum of possibility--winning straight-ahead outings, audacious affairs, dynamic debuts, intimate encounters, stellar ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2015

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2015" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

My search for the best jazz recordings of 2015 led me to these marvelous CDs.

Yelena Eckemoff
Lions
L&H Productions

Pianist Yelena Eckemoff, originally from Russia, and originally a classical player, has driven deep into her quest to create first rate jazz. This ambitious two disc set, featuring Norwegian bassist Arild ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"

Read "Randy Brecker:  Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

In his 62 years playing music--starting trumpet at eight years old--Randy Brecker has played all kinds of music, but for many years now, he's mostly been known as a solid, top-flight, first-call jazz player, a modern post-bop soloist and bandleader who carries around his old '70s fusion-funk Brecker Brothers fame in his back pocket. So, with ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Internationally Renowned Saxophonist/Composer Miguel Zenón And His Quartet Tour To Ten European Cities From October 30 To November 13, 2015

Internationally Renowned Saxophonist/Composer Miguel Zenón And His Quartet  Tour To Ten European Cities From October 30 To November 13, 2015

“Two words: cultural treasure!” —Sandra Guzman, NBC News Internationally acclaimed saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenón performs in ten European cities from October 30 to November 13, 2015. Zenon will be joined by his quartet featuring drummer Henry Cole, pianist Luis Perdomo and bassist Hans Glawischnig, performing new music as well as music from his highly acclaimed 2014 recording Identities ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Raymond: Foreign Territory

Read "Foreign Territory" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Il titolo del CD allude emblematicamente alla pratica strumentale messa in atto da questo splendido quartetto, dalla condotta armonica estremamente raffinata. Lo testimoniano i due brani-manifesto del progetto, fra intelligenza melodica e sobrietà del fraseggio solistico. Nel solco di una pratica ampiamente diffusa nel jazz sin dagli anni '30, il trombettista statunitense agisce creativamente sugli standard ...


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