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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Raymond and Real Feels: Live Vol. 2

Read "Live Vol. 2" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

After releasing his album Joy Ride (Sunnyside Records) early in 2018, John Raymond took his band Real Feels on the road to experiment with the songs they created. Their philosophy seems to be predicated on the song rather than the instrument, as of utmost importance. Thankfully, none of the tunes they play here seem rigid or ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Every little bit of the year 2018 will soon take form as memory--first recent, then distant--but the fine music gifted to us in those twelve months will be forever present, living on in ears, hearts and minds. I had the pleasure of hearing north of 400 albums this past year, and I had the privilege of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kind Folk: Why Not

Read "Why Not" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Back in 2014, trumpeter John Raymond, alto saxophonist Alex LoRe, bassist Noam Wiesenberg, and drummer Colin Stranahan gathered in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn to test out their chemistry and let the music flow. Four years later, after some more sporadic get-togethers and a bump or two in the road, we have their debut.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Orrin Evans: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

You have to wonder how many outlets a restless creative like hard bopping pianist Orrin Evans needs to fully express himself. Twenty-five or so albums into a legacy that finds him as the newest member of The Bad Plus after years of riffing and ripping it up with The Mingus Big Band, experimenting with soul/jazz Luv ...

Gilad Hekselman: New music on the Horizon

Read "Gilad Hekselman: New music on the Horizon" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Native Israeli and New York-based Gilad Hekselman has established himself amongst today's leading pioneers of jazz-guitar and is constantly in high demand -here, there and just about everywhere. This time around it was Hungarian saxophonist Kristof Bacso, who invited Hekselman to enhance his trio, taking on the role Lionel Loueke had played on Bacso's latest album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Raymond & Real Feels: Joy Ride

Read "Joy Ride" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's something to be said for the centered and warm sound qualities born of a flugelhorn fronting a bass-less trio. Even when John Raymond ratchets up the intensity on his original compositions--the choppy title track in five, the circuitous “Follower"--there's a sense of sonic evenhandedness reflecting both the instrument's depth of character and the artist's depth ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Raymond & Real Feels: Real Feels - Live Vol. 1

Read "Real Feels - Live Vol. 1" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Trumpeter John Raymond's Real Feels trio with guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan earned praise for the titular studio release earlier in 2016 with its fresh and modernist take on classics pop tunes and beloved hymns. They took that vibe to the streets in numerous gigs and venues capturing the magic from two dates in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Raymond & Real Feels: John Raymond & Real Feels

Read "John Raymond & Real Feels" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Delizioso disco giocato sul filo della memoria -quella di alcuni noti traditional e di classici del jazz, quella di un glorioso passato del pop -i Beatles -e quella di un rock attuale di meritata fama--Tom Yorke e i suoi Radiohead. Chitarra, flicorno e batteria sono i lati di un triangolo perfettamente equilatero, ciascuno con la propria ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Real Feels": The Roots of Success for John Raymond

"Real Feels": The Roots of Success for John Raymond

"I feel like the album captures the seed of something on its way to becoming more honest and beautiful, and I think there's a certain “magic" to that that makes it special to me." —John Raymond “Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time…with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling, Raymond is steering jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Raymond: Foreign Territory

Read "Foreign Territory" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Il titolo del CD allude emblematicamente alla pratica strumentale messa in atto da questo splendido quartetto, dalla condotta armonica estremamente raffinata. Lo testimoniano i due brani-manifesto del progetto, fra intelligenza melodica e sobrietà del fraseggio solistico. Nel solco di una pratica ampiamente diffusa nel jazz sin dagli anni '30, il trombettista statunitense agisce creativamente sugli standard ...