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Nicholas Payton: Afro-Caribbean Mixtape

Read "Afro-Caribbean Mixtape" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In 2011 New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton set fire to social media with his outspoken views on the death of jazz, race and Black American music. The backdraft produced not only fiercely opposing views but also hate-mail directed towards Payton. While the debate continues on what is and what isn't jazz, there's never been a question ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzkaar 2017

Read "Jazzkaar 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazzkaar 2017
Tallinn, Estonia
April 21-30, 2017

Jazzkaar covers most territories. This exceptional 10-day festival presents the best players on the indigenous Estonian scene, imports big-name acts from the USA, and also invites some choice artists from around the rest of Europe. Some shows represent jazz in mainstream mode, whilst ...

Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream

Read "The Dreamer Is the Dream" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Multi-reedist and composer Chris Potter has been an in-demand artist since his late teen years when he began playing the New York clubs. With a diverse catalog that runs from Steely Dan to regular collaborations with Dave Holland, Potter has picked up a number of Grammy nominations and wins. His versatile abilities have made him equally ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Terell Stafford: Forgive and Forget

Read "Forgive and Forget" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran trumpeter Terell Stafford delivers the second installment of saxophonist Herb Harris's dynamic “Jazz Masters Unlimited" series production, with the unveiling of Forgive and Forget, providing a forum for Stafford's talents and improvisational skills. Showcasing a repertoire penned and arranged by Harris, the trumpeter surrounds himself with a formidable quintet that makes his performance here much ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Ephland

Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
October 7-16, 2016

This year's autumnal Stockholm Jazz Festival continued their tilt toward world and improvisational music in the context of a jazz festival. That said, there was an ample supply of shows to go see and hear where “jazz" was preeminent. Programming world ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Songlines Recordings Releases "Shores Against Silence," The First Of A Two-CD Set Featuring Works By Patrick Zimmerli Spanning The Past 25 Years

Songlines Recordings Releases "Shores Against Silence," The First Of A Two-CD Set Featuring Works By Patrick Zimmerli Spanning The Past 25 Years

Composer/saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli offers a unique view on the evolution of musical and artistic ideas on his latest recordings: Shores Against Silence and Clockworks. Recorded in 1992 and circulated only as an underground tape in the New York scene, Shores Against Silence is being released commercially for the first time this November. Bookending a compositional arc ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, And Improvisation

Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, And Improvisation

NEWS RELEASE from Circavision Productions Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, and Improvisation New Trio and Quintet EPs Convey a Prismatic Vision With two new EPs, percussionist/composer Brian Adler offers listeners beautiful and arrestingly original music via two formations of his newest project: Shankar. On Binary, he performs with the trio, featuring pianist Santiago Leibson, bassist Rob ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Blanco: Spirit Forward

Read "Spirit Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Spirit Forward carries several connotations in its name and sound. First there's the overt reference to bartender terminology and the way it connects to the music presented by the feisty and flexible foursome of bassist Michael Blanco, saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Kevin Hays, and drummer Clarence Penn. A spirit-forward cocktail is one which focuses on enhancing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records Proudly Releases "Spirit Forward" From Bassist/Composer Michael Blanco - Available October 7

Brooklyn Jazz Underground  Records Proudly Releases "Spirit Forward" From Bassist/Composer Michael Blanco - Available October 7

NYC CD Release Celebration: October 9 at The Cornelia Street Cafe, sets at 8:30 & 10 PM Michael Blanco Quartet: John Ellis: tenor saxophone; Lage Lund: guitar; Clarence Penn: Drums; Michael Blanco: bass/compositions. "Michael Blanco is a resourceful young bassist with two albums to his name, and a reputation confirmed by the caliber of his partners."—Nate Chinen, The ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Patrick Zimmerli

Read "Take Five With Patrick Zimmerli" reviewed by Patrick Zimmerli

About Patrick Zimmerli
New York-and Paris-based composer/saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli writes a sophisticated yet approachable hybrid of contemporary classical and jazz music. Recent collaborators include Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, Brian Blade, Luciana Souza, the Knights Orchestra and the Escher String Quartet. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall ...


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