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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world.

One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...

Ten Artists: April 2019

Read "Ten Artists: April 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Claudia Vorbach
Is There a Time?
Phoneector
2018

Claudia Vorbach follows up Come Down Easy (Phoneector, 2016) with these 14 smart original compositions infused with the swagger of a confident composer/singer. At first blush, Vorbach sounds like a relaxed Nora Jones, playfully whimsical and vocally daring. Vorbach sings with an assured ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems

Read "The Transitory Poems" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Transitory Poems might be the first improvised solo piano recording accomplished by a pair of pianists. Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn are 21st century masters and descendants from the likes of Cecil Taylor, Keith Jarrett, Andrew Hill, Anthony Davis, and Paul Bley. This live duo recording, from 2018 in Budapest, is an act of improvisatory ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems

Read "The Transitory Poems" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Perhaps curiously or perhaps purposely for these two inspired alumni of Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory, The Transitory Poems enters existence with the anticipatory, lets-get-acquainted improvisation “Life Line (Seven Tensions)," before each pianist's creative wanderlust and imagination takes hold and the music becomes a ranging, raging real-time white-hot collaborative statement.

Recorded live at the Franz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems

Read "The Transitory Poems" reviewed by Luca Canini

Quattro mani, due pianisti. Vijay Iyer e Craig Taborn. Sullo stesso palco, quello della Franz List Academy di Budapest, nel marzo di un anno fa. Un incontro ravvicinato, non il primo (e nemmeno l'ultimo: in arrivo una lunga serie di date al di qua e al di là dell'Atlantico), al quale Manfred Eicher e l'ECM hanno ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Don Byron / Aruan Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)tonalities" reviewed by John Sharpe

The title Random Dances And (A)tonalities hints at the inclusive nature of this studio encounter between Cuban-born, New York-based pianist Aruán Ortiz and American clarinetist Don Byron. Ortiz's admiration for Byron's work caused him to seek out the reedman and led to this session that brings together their varied backgrounds. Between the two, they encompass early ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Sound Of Progress: Lioness And Ellen Rowe

Read "The Sound Of Progress: Lioness And Ellen Rowe" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The voices of women who've been marginalized, demeaned, abused, and overlooked will no longer be silenced. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have pulled the curtains back on deplorable actions and practices that have run rampant in all corners of society, the jazz world being no exception. With scandals airing out hidden truths at the Berklee College ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joachim Kuhn: Melodic Ornette Coleman: Piano Works XIII

Read "Melodic Ornette Coleman: Piano Works XIII" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Reportedly, Ornette Coleman did not have a great affinity for pianists, but it was the instrument--rather than the musicians--that put Coleman off. As an innovator in free jazz, Coleman found the chordal instrument too intrusive and preferred a more sympathetic bass/soloist interaction. Coleman did record with pianists Geri Allen and Paul Bley, but he established a ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators

Read "Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"Lil Hardin [Armstrong]...often imagined herself standing...at the bottom of a ladder, holding it steady for Louis as he rose to stardom." (Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, 2012). “The all-female band is an anomaly in music, one that must constantly prove itself as a 'band,' and not just 'girls playing music together.'" (Mary Ann Clawson, 1999). Everything ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems

Read "The Transitory Poems" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The seed that started The Transitory Poems, the two piano set from Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, was planted in 2002, when the two pianists played in saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell's band, Note Factory, contributing to Song for My Sister (Pi Recordings, 2002). At that time Taborn and Iyer fell into the “exciting young lions" category, and ...