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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm: Bonegasm

Read "Bonegasm" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The bass trombone occupies a unique niche, serving as that most powerful of pedal peddlers, the anchor of a big band's brass section, and the ballast stabilizing harmonies. Unfortunately, the instrument also holds status as a seriously pigeonholed force. While you can't argue with the usefulness of its robust, below-the-staff whole notes, this horn is made ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

And the winners of the 2019 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only. SOME ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Jazz Scores And Analysis By Richard Lawn Now Available!

Jazz Scores And Analysis By Richard Lawn Now Available!

Jazz Scores and Analysis, Vol. 1
by Rick Lawn Full scores and in-depth analysis of contemporary, large ensemble works by six Grammy-nominated composers: Vince Mendoza, Bob Mintzer, Jim McNeely, John Fedchock, John Hollenbeck, and Darcy James Argue. Following in the footsteps of Rayburn Wright's seminal work, Inside the Score, this book gives a guided tour into ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

It may be unwieldy to keep a large jazz ensemble together for economic reasons but this year was still full of outstanding big band recordings, whether done through commissions, arrangers working with established orchestras or even actual working ensembles. Several of the releases on my list are examples of that. Also this year had the usual ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jim McNeely: Barefoot Dances and Other Visions

Read "Barefoot Dances and Other Visions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

When today's top composer-arrangers of large ensemble jazz are discussed, Jim McNeely's name sometimes gets overlooked. He deserves the recognition. He's been a long- time associate of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and its descendant, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and he's also done a lot of work with several European big bands. It could be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Owen Broder: Heritage

Read "Heritage" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il trombonista Owen Broder ha evidenziato le sue doti di sassofonista e autore in due dischi pubblicati col quintetto “Cowboys and Frenchmen" co-diretto con il collega Ethan Helm. Soprattutto nel secondo Bluer Than You Think (Outside In Music, 2016) l'intento d'ispirarsi alle radici musicali nord-americane, entro un vivace modern mainstream con qualche sperimentazione, è risultato fresco ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Andrew Rathbun is a Canadian saxophonist who has made a major musical statement here with this collection of suites, two of which are based on the poetry of author Margaret Atwood. Rathbun's writing shows the influence of another Canadian, Kenny Wheeler, in its lush sonority, the frequent gorgeous flugelhorn solos by Tim Hagans and the role ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eamon Dilworth: Viata

Read "Viata" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

From its Romanian orgin, Viata translates to “Life." It is the new, independently produced album from Eamon Dilworth and his nameless quintet. Trumpeter Dilworth is not well-known in the U.S. but has received numerous awards in his native Australia. He has studied with some top brass talent including Lew Soloff, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dave Douglas and Avishai ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jim McNeely: Barefoot Dances

Jim McNeely: Barefoot Dances

Jim McNeely is among the most interesting jazz composer-arrangers and pianists around today. He always thinks big and fresh when it comes to his writing, and he plays a gorgeous, sensitive piano. His latest album, Barefoot Dancers and Other Visions (Planet Arts), is an original seven-part suite that he arranged and conducted in 2014 with the ...

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

Read "Without A Trace" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Grudging good wishes to New Yorkers who are able to see and hear the world-class Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra on a fairly regular basis. Everyone else must make do with the occasional recording (Without a Trace is only the second by the ten-year-old ensemble which made its debut in 2008). That's not nearly enough, of course, ...