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Andy Zimmerman: Half Light

Read "Half Light" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Saxophonist Andy Zimmerman is not a household name. The native Chicagoan has been composing, performing, and teaching music for more than two decades. In part, he comes to the subscription-based vinyl label Newvelle by virtue of a long association with the label's co-founder Elan Mehler, himself an accomplished jazz pianist. Mehler and Zimmerman played together at ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Steve Gadd Band At Lavanderia A Vapore In Collegno

Read "Steve Gadd Band At Lavanderia A Vapore In Collegno" reviewed by Carlo Mogavero

The performance by the Steve Gadd Band at Lavanderia a Vapore in Collegno (Turin), was one of the most remarkable concerts organized in Piedmont during these first three and a half months of 2018. The band included Steve Gadd, Kevin Hays, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Landau and Walt Fowler and the sold out show featured mostly original ...

NEWS: RECORDING

ArtistShare Is Proud To Submit Scott Colley's "Seven" For Nomination Consideration In The 60th Grammy Awards

ArtistShare Is Proud To Submit Scott Colley's "Seven" For Nomination Consideration In The 60th Grammy Awards

Multi-Grammy nominated Scott Colley, “one of the leading bassists of our post-bop era, and a composer- bandleader ofquietly serious resolve,” has composed incredible new works for his recently formed band, Current, which features trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, drummer Nate Smith, and pianist Kevin Hays. ArtistShare is proud to submit Scott’s stunning new recording, Seven, for nomination consideration in the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Roger Beaujolais: Sunset

Read "Sunset" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Maybe it should be a law that every vibraphonist is required to cover Bobby Hutcherson's “Little B's Poem." Okay, perhaps we don't need such a law, but as with pianists covering compositions by Thelonious Monk, a requirement like this would enable us to get the measure of the musician. Here Roger Beaujolais, on his 19th studio ...

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 ...