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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018

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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

Dave Pietro: New Road: Iowa Memoirs

Read "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 2011, New York City-based saxophonist Dave Pietro was invited to spend three weeks as artist-in-residence at the University of Iowa. While there, he worked with young musicians in school programs across the state. It proved to be a rewarding commission for the native New Englander who was so enheartened that he chose to recreate the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Pietro: New Road: Iowa Memoirs

Read "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In essence, New Road: Iowa Memoirs is the story of an urbanite's awakening to the rural lure. But to state this album's meaning in such reductive terms is to minimize its power and undercut the very beauty that inspired its creation in the first place.

Back in 2011 and 2012, The University of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dave Pietro's ArtistShare Debut "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" For Grammy Nomination Consideration

Dave Pietro's ArtistShare Debut "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" For Grammy Nomination Consideration

A gifted saxophonist/composer and key member of the Multi-Grammy Award winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, Dave Pietro spent many months in Iowa working with young students in music programs all around the state as artist-in-residence. Throughout his residency, sponsored by the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditiorium, New York-based Pietro experienced the new environment, culture, and customs of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings

Read "Musings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a composer / arranger who hasn't yet turned thirty can enlist the caliber of musicians who are present and accounted for on Musings, the inescapable assumption is that something special is afoot. Upon listening, that appraisal proves to be quite accurate, as young Christopher Zuar (twenty-seven when this debut album was recorded) presents seven of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings

Read "Musings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you open the packaging for this album, you'll encounter a picture of Christopher Zuar that initially seems to touch on a theme of isolation. Shadows and light play against the wall behind him, but it's Zuar himself, sitting and staring into the distance over his piano, that really draws the eyes in. After looking at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project: Lines of Color

Read "Lines of Color" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Ryan Truesdell continua nella sua opera di esplorazione dell'universo di Gil Evans con un secondo album che fa seguito all'ottimo Centennial: Newly Discover Works by Gil Evans pubblicato da ArtistShare nel 2012. Un album molto ben accolto dalla critica e dal pubblico, al punto di aver addirittura vinto un Grammy Award. Per questo Lines of Color ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Cristina Morrison September 29 "Baronesa" CD Release Concert At Rockwood Music Hall

Cristina Morrison September 29 "Baronesa" CD Release Concert At Rockwood Music Hall

Singer & actress Cristina Morrison returns to Rockwood Music Hall for her Baronesa album concert release on Jazzheads. Morrison here plays with an array of vocal styles bringing to her interpretation her background as an actor. On stage her show has organically evolved into a more theatrical experience as she works with visual artist Laia Cabrera. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project: Lines Of Color

Read "Lines Of Color" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How do you create a follow-up to an album like Centennial-Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans (Artist Share, 2012)? That beauty--the debut from Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project--was more than a standout record; it was an artistic tour de force and a recording for the ages. In crafting that album, Truesdell married his archeological skills, curatorial ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Maria Schneider Orchestra at Jazz Standard

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Maria Schneider Orchestra
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, rejoice, regroup, and remember all that we have to be thankful for. In the jazz world, the Maria Schneider Orchestra always ranks at the top of that last category.

For ...