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2018 Moncalieri Jazz Festival

Read "2018 Moncalieri Jazz Festival" reviewed by Antonio Baiano

The 2018 Moncalieri Jazz Festival took place from November 15 through November 25, featuring Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective, Antonio Sanchez and Migration, Chaise Baird, Charles Altura, Thana Alexa, John Escreet, Orlando le Fleming, Fabian Almazan, David Ginyard, and Oscar Seaton. The festival has run since 2000 in the town of Moncalieri, Italy, right outside of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Terence Blanchard and E-Collective at Ardmore Music Hall

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Terence Blanchard and E-Collective
Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore, PA
June 12, 2018

It's meant as a compliment on originality, not a sign of mere imitation, to say there was a heavy Miles Davis vibe in the air when Terence Blanchard and his E-Collective group hit the snug-sized stage of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Terence Blanchard: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As trumpeter Terence Blanchard is wont to do, he blends spoken word, rock, funk, the electrified, the experimental, the second line, the bop, blues, and hip hop on the swaggering, often staggering, Live, his latest Blue Note release.

Bidding us to ..."find our voices..." Marcus Miller's “Hannibal" evolves from a floating piano intro (courtesy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Brewer: Unspoken

Read "Unspoken" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

Bassist Matt Brewer first revealed his talents as a bandleader and a composer on his 2014 Criss Cross debut Mythology. Brewer returns to the Criss Cross label for his sophomore effort with a completely new quintet to explore seven new original compositions, a Bill Frisell cover, and one Charlie Parker tune. Joining him this time around ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Matthew Yeakley Group: Clean Numbers & Dirty Words

Read "Clean Numbers & Dirty Words" reviewed by Paul Naser

The electric guitar has a history of players with fierce energy, and L.A. based guitarist Matthew Yeakley fits right into this tradition. Having studied with jazz guitar legends Scott Henderson and Jimmy Wyble, Yeakley has a refreshing blend of modern influence and tradition; he also cut his teeth performing in blues clubs in his native San ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tampere Jazz Happening 2014

Read "Tampere Jazz Happening 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
October 30--November 2, 2014

On the way from the airport to the city of Tampere you pass by Nokia, situated fifteen kilometres west of Tampere, the Scandinavian city famous for its gumboots and cables, and famous for its mobile phones. For a while 'Nokia' was synonymous ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2014

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Ambrose Akinmusire By Invitation
Tigran By Invitation
Tord Gustavsen Quartet / Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana, Mehliana
June 26-July 6, 2014

There simply isn't a festival in the world like the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Where else in the world can you ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ambrose Akinmusire: Painting Saviors

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Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) is as imaginative as the sonic soundscapes he creates and as informative as the titles that he bestows on his songs. Ambrose Akinmusire's allure stems from the complexity of his albums; a complexity that requires the listener to fully participate and engage with the artist and ask questions as to who ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ambrose Akinmusire: The imagined savior is far easier to paint

Read "The imagined savior is far easier to paint" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The title's prose speaks of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire's poetic leanings. A rising jazz star who's received a lion's share of awards and accolades yet is not resting on past laurels, he continues to search for artistic expression with in-demand chops and inventive writing that has illuminated the recordings of other artists and his own band since ...

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Criss Cross Jazz Roundup

Read "Criss Cross Jazz Roundup" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

In the past several years there has been a marked change in the jazz landscape that has somehow managed to further spread the demarcation lines between those musicians who practice mainstream leanings and those with a hyper vigilance towards the new avant-garde. Oddly enough, leave it to Criss Cross Jazz, a label that has historically been ...



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