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Pianist Yelena Eckemoff Sonically Recreates Memories Of Her Past With Stellar Ensemble On "In The Shadow Of A Cloud" - Available August 4

Pianist Yelena Eckemoff Sonically Recreates Memories Of Her Past With Stellar Ensemble On "In The Shadow Of A Cloud" - Available August 4

A self-described ‘old fashioned romantic,’ Moscow-born pianist-composer Yelena Eckemoff once again demonstrates uncommon lyricism and a gift for melody on In the Shadow of a Cloud, her 11th recording since transitioning from the classical world to jazz back in 2010 with the release of Cold Sun (with bassist Mads Vinding and drummer Peter Erskine) on her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul Live in New York: The Complete NPR Jazz Alive! Recording

Read "Truth, Liberty & Soul Live in New York: The Complete NPR Jazz Alive! Recording" reviewed by John Kelman

These days, there's a plethora of recordings, originally made for radio or television broadcast, being released by labels ranging from thoroughly legit to highly suspect. In some instances, these are real archival finds; true gold, mined from hours of hours of recordings, lovingly restored and packaged. In other cases they're clearly nothing but money grabs. Capitalizing ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

"Beka Gochiashvili" as Told by Bill Milkowski

"Beka Gochiashvili" as Told by Bill Milkowski

By Bill Milkowski At a recent showcase in New York, long-time friends and collaborators Stanley Clarke and Lenny White introduced 16-year-old piano phenom Beka Gochiashvili to an unsuspecting crowd of jazz fans at the Blue Note. In simple terms, the kid completely blew me away. His time was flawless, his technique impeccable, his touch and intuitive ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Resonance Records To Release Long Lost Wes Montgomery Tapes, "Echoes Of Indiana Avenue," On March 6, 2012

Resonance Records To Release Long Lost Wes Montgomery Tapes, "Echoes Of Indiana Avenue," On March 6, 2012

With a lot of sleuthing and a team of experts on the case, long lost tapes of Wes Montgomery have been discovered and restored. Resonance Records will release Echoes of Indiana Avenue—the first full album of previously unheard Montgomery music in over 25 years—on March 6, 2012, which would have been Montgomery's 88th birthday. Over a ...

NEWS: EVENT

Pat Martino Inaugural Book Signing with Q&A to be Held at Spiral Bookcase In Philadelphia, December 2nd

Pat Martino Inaugural Book Signing with Q&A to be Held at Spiral Bookcase In Philadelphia, December 2nd

On Sunday, December 11th, from 2-4pm, the Spiral Bookcase in Manayunk, PA is celebrating the release of Here and Now! The Autobiography of Pat Martino. Written with jazz journalist Bill Milkowski, legendary jazz guitar master Pat Martino tells the remarkable story of his comeback from a brain aneurysm that took his memory and nearly took his ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jaco Pastorius: The 60th Anniversary Collection

Read "Jaco Pastorius: The 60th Anniversary Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

Jaco Pastorius The 60th Anniversary Collection Warner Music Japan 2011 It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a quarter century since Jaco Pastorius died at the outrageously young age of 35. At a time when other electric bassists like Stanley Clarke were redefining the role of the instrument--no longer ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Moody's Mood Was Always Happy

Read "Moody's Mood Was Always Happy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

James Moody, whose noble spirit and radiant personality were as impressive as his exploits on saxophone and flute for more than six decades, died December 9, 2010 from pancreatic cancer at his home in San Diego. He was 85 years old. To anyone who was lucky enough to meet him, the Moody hug ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Read "Kurt Rosenwinkel" reviewed by Bill Milkowski

It's a pleasant Saturday afternoon at Brooklyn Recording in the charming, gentrified neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, the third day of sessions with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Eric Harland. They've been at it all day, flowing from take to take with wide-open abandon. It's a green light session--there are no mistakes, they just ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Gregg Bendian

Read "Gregg Bendian" reviewed by Bill Milkowski

Since the early '90s, drummer Gregg Bendian has distinguished himself as an adventurous and accomplished player-composer through his sideman work with the likes of Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Peter Brotzmann and Pat Metheny while also leading his own Interzone Quartet and Trio Pianissimo. His most recent recording is the startlingly virtuosic solo ...


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