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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Federica Michisanti: tra ricerca e introspezione

Read "Federica Michisanti: tra ricerca e introspezione" reviewed by Daniele Vogrig

La contrabbassista romana Federica Michisanti si è rapidamente affermata come una delle nuove leve meritevoli di grande attenzione. Grazie ad un equilibrio tra immediatezza ed originalità, tra camerismo ed improvvisazione, i suoi progetti sono pieni di spunti fertili e stimolanti. In questa intervista ci parla del suo lavoro mosso tanto da un'ardimentosa ricerca quanto da un'intima ...

Adam Kolker: Beckon

Read "Beckon" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Ad eccezione di un solo brano, di chiara impronta rock come “Cannonball" (inserito chissà perchè), la musica di questo disco si colloca tra due estetiche molto presenti negli anni cinquanta: il Third Stream di Gunther Schuller, John Lewis e Ran Blake e il Cool Jazz di Lee Konitz e Warne Marsh. Il trio sax, chitarra e ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hush Point: Hush Point III

Read "Hush Point III" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Hush Point è un quartetto cooperativo operante a New York che ha pubblicato un primo disco, omonimo, nel 2013 e un secondo l'anno successivo (Blues and Reds Sunnyside). In questo terzo capitolo conferma l'identità stilistica di fondo, che colloca la tensione sperimentale in un quadro espressivo di derivazione West Coast. Da quel composito universo musicale e ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Delmark Sound: Jason Stein Quartet and Corey Dennison Band

Read "The Delmark Sound: Jason Stein Quartet and Corey Dennison Band" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Delmark Records has been a jny: Chicago institution for better than 60 years, most under the watchful eye of founder Bob Koester. The label remains the oldest jazz and blues record label operating in the United States. Like its fabled successor, ECM, the label sports a sonic world all its own. While an odd comparison, any ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jason Stein Quartet: Lucille

Read "Lucille" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Stein continues to curve a niche in the jazz world, but it's not what you might assume. Listeners straightaway assume that he is an idiosyncratic outlier because his sole instrument is the bass clarinet. We've grown accustomed to saxophonists like Eric Dolphy and David Murray doubling on the bass clarinet. Stein's constancy to this one ...

Guy Mintus Trio: A Home In Between

Read "A Home In Between" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he's only 25, pianist Guy Mintus has already forged a musical vision well beyond his years. And he's got sensational chops to match it, as A Home In Between makes clear. It's an outstanding piano trio disc, with a compelling hybrid of styles that includes bop, classical and Israeli and Eastern European folk influences. There ...

Tomoko Omura: Post Bop Gypsies

Read "Post Bop Gypsies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Think about your favorite jazz violinist. Now think about what style or sub-category of jazz that person would most easily fall into. Was your answer bebop? Probably not, I would venture to guess. It's not that I know your answer. This isn't a magic trick. For all I know it could've been Stéphane Grappelli, Jenny Scheinman, ...

Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 3 & 4

Read "Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 3 & 4" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Today is the day that I finally come clean about Art Pepper and me. In 1984, I was taking a year off between having finished Pharmacy School and beginning a graduate program in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design. During this time, I had my yearly eye appointment with my ophthalmologist, one Dr. A. Henry Thomas, with ...

Caroline Davis

Read "Caroline Davis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

After honing her skills on the jny: Chicago scene, Caroline Davis has rapidly established herself as an in-demand musician and educator in jny: New York, where she moved in 2013, and internationally. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz's best releases. The leader or co-leader of several interesting projects, ranging ...

Maryanne DeProphetis: Tell A Star

Read "Tell A Star" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La ricerca vocale minimalista e astratta di Maryanne de Prophetis è troppo sofisticata per ottenere l'attenzione del grande pubblico ma mantiene un'audience affezionata nei club di New York City. Dal 2002 guida il trio col pianista Frank Kimbrough e il trombettista Ron Horton con cui ha pubblicato due dischi, A Glance nel 2005 e Lilacs in ...