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Jon Davis: Happy Juice

Read "Happy Juice" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Whitney Balliett once wrote, “good musicians do not copy their elders; they only use them as primers." These are words to keep in mind while listening to Jon Davis' Happy Juice, a ten track recital that acknowledges a number of modern jazz piano masters (Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, and Red ...

Jon Davis: Happy Juice

Read "Happy Juice" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Everyone has their own version of happy juice. For some, it's the drink; for others, it's literature; for many, it's film; and for a certain breed, it's jazz, that most potent and unpredictable of aural intoxicants. It's the people that fall into that last group who are most likely to quickly uncork this one and take ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

The Cookers, Mingus Big Band and Cyrus Chestnut

Read "The Cookers, Mingus Big Band and Cyrus Chestnut" reviewed by Peter Jurew

The Cookers
Birdland
New York, NY
September 15, 2016

The Cookers are an all-star septet that takes its name from the classic Freddie Hubbard album, The Night Of The Cookers, a 1965 live effort from the master trumpeter who passed in 2008. A somewhat fluid lineup earlier in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jim Ridl: Opening Doors in the Big Apple

Read "Jim Ridl: Opening Doors in the Big Apple" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Something fresh and vital is in the air when a truly creative musician is about to release a new album. Jim Ridl's Door in a Field: Volume II: Songs of the Green River, an independent release, is full of surprises and rich in musical ideas. The album is set to be released in early Fall, and ...

Oleg Kireyev & Keith Javors: The Meeting

Read "The Meeting" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Performing together since 2007, Russian saxophonist Oleg Kireyev and Philadelphia-based pianist Keith Javors formed a solid quartet they eventually led to the studio for their debut album Rhyme & Reason (Inarhyme Records, 2010). The Meeting is their follow up recording with a program of four originals and three re-imagined tunes from The Great American Songbook delivered ...

Lew Tabackin Trio: Soundscapes

Read "Soundscapes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's no substitute for experiencing jazz live. There are, however, some recordings that manage to do a damn good job coming close. This happens to be one of them.

Noted jazz photographer Jimmy Katz, who's quickly developed a strong reputation as a recording engineer and producer who seeks to capture jazz in its ...

Misha Tsiganov: Spring Feelings

Read "Spring Feelings" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Russian-born pianist extraordinaire Misha Tsiganov delivers his second album and follow up to his highly-acclaimed Criss Cross Jazz label debut The Artistry of The Standard, with the thoroughly enthralling and enchanting Spring Feelings presenting a superb selection of five outrages originals and four reimagined standards in one exquisite package of post-bop burners. Before recoding the label ...

Misha Tsiganov: Spring Feelings

Read "Spring Feelings" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

Those who appreciate and follow the art of arranging and orchestration in jazz often point to big band and large ensemble arrangements as examples of excellence, while the art of arranging jazz for the small ensemble is frequently overlooked. Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, and Andrew Hill are a few who have achieved recognition for their intelligent ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets The Ear

Read "More Than Meets The Ear" reviewed by Troy Collins

More Than Meets the Ear is Robin Eubanks' first foray leading a big band in his three decades as a performing musician. The date features compositions spanning Eubanks' entire career, artfully embellished and re-arranged for a formidable 19-piece ensemble. The key difference between this lineup and a conventional unit--other than Mike King's bluesy organ and Boris ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trombonist Robin Eubanks Releases "More Than Meets The Ear," A Groundbreaking Big Band Album By Eubank’s Mass Line Big Band Out November 27, 2015

Trombonist Robin Eubanks Releases "More Than Meets The Ear," A Groundbreaking Big Band Album By Eubank’s Mass Line Big Band Out November 27, 2015

Multiple DownBeat critics poll winner and electric trombone pioneer Robin Eubanks has covered vast terrain in the course of a 30-plus-year career, but until this year he’d never made a big band album. That changes with the release of More than Meets the Ear (ArtistShare), a groundbreaking collection of Eubanks’ muscular, interwoven compositions. And it introduces ...