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Tom Tallitsch: Wheelhouse

Read "Wheelhouse" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Tom Tallitsch's Wheelhouse is a recording in which something honest and genuine springs from the soil of a long established, familiar jazz style. Although pinning a hard bop label on the music is fairly accurate, ultimately it amounts to a quick, glib, descriptive fix that may distort or diminish the character of the record. The same ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Under an African spell & Dida Pelled live

Read "Under an African spell & Dida Pelled live" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A little detour in our African exploration. This week we focus on music by non African musicians who have been inspired by Africa. And then we go in a completely different direction and interview the talented Israeli singer & guitarist Dida Pelled who visited our studio for a live performance.

Happy Listening!

ARTICLE: RADIO

Hanging With Corcoran Holt

Read "Hanging With Corcoran Holt" reviewed by Nick Davies

Welcome to the second installment of The Crazeology Radio Show on All About Jazz where I play a mix of new and old tunes with a focus on progressive jazz as well as songs with a beat. This week's show includes an interview with Kenny Garret's bassist Corcoran Holt where we discuss his new album The ...

Josh Lawrence: Contrast

Read "Contrast" reviewed by Thad Aerts

On Contrast, Josh Lawrence and Color Theory's second recording for Posi-Tone, the group executes a classic framework held together with tight chemistry. Lawrence may be the leader, but the gist of the end product is a very democratic arrangement where no one musician or group of musicians takes precedence. Each shine at various times throughout Contrast. ...

Josh Lawrence & Color Theory: Contrast

Read "Contrast" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Josh Lawrence & Color Theory's Contrast features a host of varied, sturdy and invigorating compositions by the leader, an ensemble that plays them with élan, a number of arresting soloists, and a rhythm section that rapidly moves between sly and rambunctious. While all of these factors are important, they don't adequately capture the record's essence. Perhaps ...

Josh Lawrence & Color Theory: Contrast

Read "Contrast" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Trumpeter Josh Lawrence has had a long and diverse trek to where he is now. Beginning in his native New Jersey, he has embraced jazz culture in Philadelphia, Europe, and finally New York City, where he has gained a solid reputation as a musician, bandleader, and composer.

On his second release for the Posi-Tone ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bobby Zankel,The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and Guest Saxophonist David Murray at the Painted Bride

Read "Bobby Zankel,The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and Guest Saxophonist David Murray at the Painted Bride" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound
Special Guest: David Murray
Painted Bride Art Center
Philadelphia, PA
January 20, 2018

The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, under the leadership of saxophonist Bobby Zankel, continue to deliver outstanding concerts featuring special guest musicians who are virtuosos on the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

New Faces: Straight Forward

Read "Straight Forward" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The collection of musicians on this record, collectively referred to as “New Faces," is an attempt by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to create a sampler of the label's mission, utilizing a selection of young leaders to collectively personify their overall musical vision. As stated on the Posi- Tone website, “The entire series of succinct performances included ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 17, 2017

[This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fresh Cut Orchestra: Mind Behind Closed Eyes

Read "Mind Behind Closed Eyes" reviewed by Vic Albani

Come dice spesso Uri Caine che di Filadelfia se ne intende giacché ci è nato, una delle migliori caratteristiche dei musicisti di quel posto è il senso del ritmo che, sorprendentemente, tutti i musicisti dell'area portano quasi geneticamente con sé.

La Fresh Cut Orchestra è il risultato dell'incontro che il trombettista Josh Lawrence, il ...