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Electrifying Track: Speak No Evil

Electrifying Track: Speak No Evil

On the day before Christmas in 1964, when tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter recorded his fourth leadership album, Speak No Evil, he had already joined Miles Davis's second great quintet. The song Speak No Evil developed from Shorter's fascination with Buddhism and the concept that every action has a reaction, that every cause has an effect. As ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 2

2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

Noam Wiesenberg: Roads Diverge

Read "Roads Diverge" reviewed by Geno Thackara

A title such as Roads Diverge probably isn't surprising from someone as well-traveled as Noam Wiesenberg. The sound largely sticks to one category--mostly-acoustic contemporary jazz with a high dose of rollicking cheer--and yet still reflects how much the young bassist has learned from his travels through life so far. The confident smoothness, eclectic writing-style and casting ...

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

Read "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Half a century after his passing, the music of John Coltrane continues to be studied, analyzed and enjoyed for its historical and musical exceptionality. Every few years it seems that another undiscovered collection surfaces and is met with enviable enthusiasm, much of it centered around speculating where Coltrane's music was going at a point in time, ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Read "Journey Moments" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In listening to this music, each song, solo, and split-second decision can be defined as a journey moment. Every single one, large or small, plays as a parallel or reflection of life's rich travels, bringing to light thoughts and emotions both firm and fleeting in nature. And in the sum total of them all, where action, ...

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Ron Korb: Pan-Global Flutist

Read "Ron Korb: Pan-Global Flutist" reviewed by Rob Caldwell

In a 20-year career, Grammy nominated flutist Ron Korb has experienced the lows and highs of a touring musician. He's been stuck in the Panamanian jungle when the bus transporting he and his band to their show broke down, leaving them teetering on the top of a hillside for hours in the blazing sun while repairs ...

Alphonse Mouzon: In Search Of A Dream

Read "In Search Of A Dream" reviewed by Chris May

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the distinguished German jazz label MPS. To mark the occasion, the label's catalogue of over 400 albums has been released on download, and a vinyl and CD remastering and reissue programme has begun. Alphonse Mouzon's In Search Of A Dream is among the first of these discs. ...

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Yakhal' Inkomo: A South African Masterpiece at Fifty

Read "Yakhal' Inkomo: A South African Masterpiece at Fifty" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

On July 23, 1968, a now-legendary recording session took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, one that would ultimately prove a defining moment in the country's Jazz history and development. Led by tenor saxophonist Winston Mankunku Ngozi, a quartet that included pianist Lionel Pillay, bassist Agrippa Magwaza, and drummer Early Mabuza would record the album Yakhal' Inkomo. ...

Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe

Read "Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

For the past few years, pianist Fred Hersch has been releasing CDs with a regularity that would make them feel routine if the music wasn't always so good. This new one is another live effort featuring his long standing trio with John Hebert and Eric McPherson, this time recorded in Brussels. As usual, it's excellent.