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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Oslo Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Oslo Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

Oslo Jazz Festival
Oslo, Norway
August 15-17, 2018

Introduction The Norwegian capital Oslo bills itself as a festival city and, with around a thousand concerts each year, claims that it has the most concerts per inhabitant of any city in Europe. Included among those are the 70 plus events which made ...

Curtis Brothers Quartet: Syzygy

Read "Syzygy" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music is constantly in a state of flux. It feeds off of new ideas and innovation to keep the music vital, and growing. The mantle is passed from generation to generation, eschewing the infective glare of pop notoriety to maintain the artistic presence that moves the music forward, now seventeen years into a new century. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jarrett Cherner Trio: Expanding Heart

Read "Expanding Heart" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Forget about “the art of the trio." It's undoubtedly a topic worth discussing when you look at this album, and one that automatically comes up when you look at any piano-centric threesome, but it's a phrase that's been overused. Instead, let's talk about the heart of the trio--how it beats, what it feeds, where it leads, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz All-Stars: Heart Beat

Read "Heart Beat" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran New York Pianist/composer and arranger Bill O'Connell, early on developed a reputation in the post-bop/hard-bop area but, since then, is best recognized as one of the finest musicians and long-time proponents within the Latin Jazz genre. With decades as a performer and a host of albums to his credit, O'Connell presents his fourth release for ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Recording Artist Matt Savage Releases Summer Single - "Go On" - July 24th

Jazz Recording Artist Matt Savage Releases Summer Single  - "Go On" - July 24th

Matt Savage, Jazz recording artist, pianist and composer, is releasing Go On as a summer single on Friday, July 24th. Recorded at Avatar Studios in jny: New York City, Go On is a catchy jazz-fusion tune featuring Matt Savage on both piano and electric keyboard, with Brandon Wright (tenor saxophone), Tom Berkmann (bass) and Richie Barshay (drums). Go On ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bill O'Connell: Imagine

Read "Imagine" reviewed by John Ephland

Bill O'Connell's version of the standard “Willow Weep For Me" is one of those rare items: playing totally against type as a Latin burner with that classic, mesmerizing two-chord piano vamp, the only thing missing would be someone actually trying to sing this lament amidst the happy sprawl of players and arrangement O'Connell's dished up. Unlike ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Savage: A Bigger Celebration

Read "A Bigger Celebration" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist / composer Matt Savage's career has been on an upward curve since he recorded his first album--before his tenth birthday! Now twenty-one and a recent graduate of Boston's Berklee School of Music, Savage and his trio have released their tenth album, A Bigger Celebration, this one employing the services of some heavy-swinging guest artists including ...

Petr Cancura: Down Home

Read "Down Home" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Once jazz migrated from New Orleans and the Deep South to Chicago and New York, a favorite put-down for those making music that wasn't urban, cool or modern was to call the musicians “country." It was as if all things of jazz consequence outside of urban centers was required to be imported from said cities.

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Korean Pianist Hey Rim Jeon Performs at Birdland March 29

World-renowned pianist, composer and educator Hey Rim Jeon will be performing at New York City's Birdland Jazz Club on Thursday, March 29, supporting her recent release Introducing Hey Rim Jeon. Jeon will take the stage with Richie Barshay on drums and Luques Curtis on bass at 6pm, prior to Christian McBride's performace later that evening. Tickets ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeremy Udden: Far From Plain

Read "Jeremy Udden: Far From Plain" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Jeremy Udden is one of those outstanding working musicians on the scene in Brooklyn. A saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, he is--like so many musicians of his generation--influenced by a variety of things outside what is known as jazz, and his music reflects that. He's developed a band called Plainville that offers a different sound and feel. ...