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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Mural: Shishi's Wish

Read "Shishi's Wish" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Prende il nome dal suo disco d'esordio, questo trio nippo-tedesco-cileno nato a New York nel 2015. Giunto al secondo album, Mural conferma la prospettiva trasversale, spaziando da momenti di marcata concitazione elettrica --una sorta di fusion rivisitata evidente in «Giacomo!» e in «Geronimo» --ad altri acusticamente riflessivi, venati di atmosfere folk.

I tratti costanti ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Linley Hamilton: Strings Attached

Read "Linley Hamilton: Strings Attached" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nearly all recordings are labours of love. Passion and a huge amount of work are the essential ingredients. Some recordings in particular, however, mark the realization of a life-long dream. For Northern Irish trumpeter, BBC jazz broadcaster and university lecturer Linley Hamilton, Making Other Arrangements (Teddy D Records, 2018) is just such a recording.

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: INTERVIEWS

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 ...