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Meet Hiroyuki Masuko

Read "Meet Hiroyuki Masuko" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Although the Super Fans column started out with a New York focus, we realize there's a world of jazz--and jazz fans--beyond. Since those first columns in 2016, we've presented Super Fans from across the United States, including some who live part-time in other countries. But now we've officially gone international, with our first Super Fan from ...

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Steve Fishwick/Alex Garnett Quartet: Marshian Time Slip

Read "Marshian Time Slip" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

If the record label's name and the vinyl album's gorgeous retro sleeve aren't enough of a clue, the first few bars of “The Wrath Of Karn" make it clear. Marshian Time Slip is a contemporary slice of hard bop, from four excellent practitioners of the art. From cool, slow-burning and moody ensemble pieces to fast-paced, explosive, ...

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Sam Braysher: Golden Earrings

Read "Golden Earrings" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Mostly these days aspiring jazz musicians hear the songs of the American Songbook as “jazz standards," their melodies taken as jumping-off points for improvisational flights of fancy that move the tunes far beyond their earlier incarnations as pop tunes or Broadway showstoppers. It's a distinction that the young English altoist Sam Braysher makes in the liner ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

Growing Older Jazzfully

Read "Growing Older Jazzfully" reviewed by Peter Rubie

So there I was the other day, taking a yoga lesson, trying to loosen my aching muscles. I'm at that age where it aches if I do exercise, and I stiffen if I don't. The instructor was a young woman with the flexibility of a baby who can suck her own toes. She asked us to ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...