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Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The alliance of Latin music and American jazz ripened on these shores more than seventy years ago, nourished by pioneers such as Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Tito Puente and others. It has been carried forward and enhanced since then by a succession of remarkable innovators including in recent years the Cuban-born drummer Dafnis ...

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The astonishingly talented and prolific drummer Dafnis Prieto has done a lot since moving to the States from his native Cuba in 1999. He's made a host of sideman appearances with musicians of widely varying stripes, including Peter Apfelbaum, Michel Camilo, Steve Coleman, Marilyn Lerner, Brian Lynch, Henry Threadgill, Chucho Valdés, and John Zorn. He won ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ark Ovrutski: Intersection

Read "Intersection" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ukrainian bassist Ark Ovrutski arrived on American soil just over a decade ago, and he's been rather busy ever since. A nonstop go-getter from his earliest days, Ovrutski immediately made the most out of that move, steadily working his way into the ultra-competitive New York jazz scene and seeking out opportunities to further his playing and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Julian Shore: Which Way Now?

Read "Which Way Now?" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If the jazz world decided to elect a single questioning phrase to sum up its craft, this album title would be a great candidate. With three words and a single punctuation mark, the very heart of jazz--a music of infinite decision(s), not indecision, as some may (mis)read that--is laid out for all to see. Those who ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Neves: Progress Report

Read "Progress Report" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

At twenty-five years of age, Boston-based trumpeter David Neves can't be expected to boast a big recorded with/played with resume. But he can boast a first rate education--Berklee and the New England Conservatory. And with his Progress Report, a marvelous debut as leader, Neves blows way beyond expectations for a new kid on the block.

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Jazz Quanta March

Read "Jazz Quanta March" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

RareNoise, chant, drunken big band...Good Lawd!

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz
The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus
RareNoise
2014

You have to love RareNoise Records for inventive sonic turbulence. Add to this alto saxophonist Rebecca Sneddon sense of humor aping the title of this “double EP" ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution

Read "Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The back panel of drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Onward & Upward is adorned with a telling quote from spiritual teacher/writer Ernest Holmes. His statement, that “evolution is proof of an irresistible urge which pushes everything onward and upward," could be applied to myriad topics, but it truly captures the essence of jazz drumming through time; it ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Juilliard Jazz Presents an Evening of Brazilian Jazz

Juilliard Jazz presents an evening of Brazilian jazz with guest artist, pianist Paulo Braga, performing with the Artist Diploma Ensemble, the most advanced Juilliard Jazz musicians, on Tuesday, November 20 at 8 PM in Paul Hall. Joining Mr. Braga from Brazil will be Eduardo Ribeiro on drums; Manual Silveira on flute and saxophone; and Marinho Andreotti ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazz is Bustin' Out All Over the Nation's Capital

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announced its signature programs for 2012, which include: Jazz Meets the Classics at the Kennedy Center; Jazz in the 'Hoods presented by Events DC; Jazz ‘n' Families Fun Days at The Phillips Collection; Jazz at the Hamilton presented by The Washington Post; and Jazz at the Howard. The Festival will ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Thomas: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by Willard Jenkins

For DC-based trumpeter Michael Thomas this initial release is the result of a true labor of love. Not one to wait for a record label to come knocking at his door, Thomas seized the initiative himself, not only starting his own label and releasing his own debut disc, but also developing his own home studio to ...