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Matt Wilson: Honey And Salt

Read "Honey And Salt" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo disco è talmente ricco di episodi e significati, denso di motivi e relazioni con la storia del connubio tra jazz e poesia, che una recensione dovrebbe trasformarsi in un saggio. Il nono album per la Palmetto di Matt Wilson è ispirato per intero dall'opera di Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) il grande poeta statunitense che è stato ...


Eva Cortés: Crossing Borders

Read "Crossing Borders" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Honduras born vocalist/composer Eva Cortes is, in some ways, a cultural anomaly. Her sound has roots in her Latin American heritage, but bears the aesthetic traits of her upbringing in Sevilla, Spain.

On Crossing Borders, Cortés solicits the assistance of master producer/trombonist /arranger Doug Beavers to produce a vibrant recording that reflects her rich ...


GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet

Read "GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star in a lost galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."

This somewhat gloomy prognosis might sound like a line straight from Douglas Adam's surrealistic comic novel ...


Walter Smith III: Twio

Read "Twio" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The unashamedly retro cover art of Twio accurately signposts the content of this imaginative album's track selection of jazz classics and standards. The only exception to this programme is Walter Smith III's original composition “Contrafact," chordally based on “Like Someone In Love" but given a 5/4 makeover. This involves the twin tenors of Smith and guest ...


60th GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

60th GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

And the winners of the 2018 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo (For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.) "Can't Remember Why" ...


Michael Dease: Reaching Out

Read "Reaching Out" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Somebody has to be the keeper of the flame, right? In jazz, an art form that has only recently passed the century mark, that responsibility has seemed to diminish in importance. It's not that music schools aren't churning out graduates versed in the traditional repertory, and post-modern players aren't constantly pushing the envelope of possibilities. It's ...


2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...


The Christian McBride Trio at the Tin Pan

Read "The Christian McBride Trio at the Tin Pan" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Christian McBride strode onto the stage of the Tin Pan in Richmond, VA. to announce that his regular pianist, Christian Sands, and drummer, Jerome Jennings, (refereed to as his younger brothers) could not be with him for their performance. He phoned a couple of his friends, (referring to them as his big brothers), to see if ...


Christian McBride and Tip City at Village Vanguard

Read "Christian McBride and Tip City at Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Christian McBride and Tip City
Village Vanguard
New York
November 29, 2017

With a jovial toast to his band and the packed and boisterous Vanguard crowd, Christian McBride and Tip City began their first set as you'd expect they'd kick off their second, burning on all cylinders, each player ...


Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...