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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shannon Gunn: Gunn's Ablazin'

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Washington DC native Shannon Gunn makes a bold artistic and social statement with her stimulating debut Gunn's Ablazin'. Gunn showcases her talents as a trombonist, composer, arranger and bandleader as she fronts two different ensembles interpreting eight originals and four very diverse covers.

The album starts with “Orange Noise," a commentary on the U.S. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rebecca Kilgore with the Harry Allen Quartet at the Jazz Showcase

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Rebecca Kigore with the Harry Allen Quartet
Jazz Showcase
Chicago, IL
September 8, 2019

September 8th 2019 was the final night of tenor saxophonist Harry Allen and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore's four-day tenure at Chicago's historic Jazz Showcase. Despite it being a Sunday evening, the place accommodated a relatively ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Claron McFadden, Roberta Alexander, Nancy Braithwaite, Michael Stirling, Vaughan Schlepp: To Paradise with Onions: Songs and Chamber Works of Edith Hemenway

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American composer Edith Hemenway wrote some of the most sublimely impressionistic music of the 20th century. Yet, outside of a small circle of aficionados and admirers, she remains virtually unknown. Unfortunately, despite her long career, To Paradise with Onions is the first time her work has been released on disc. Produced by longtime collaborator, clarinetist Nancy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Martin Hayes and Brooklyn Rider: The Butterfly

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The Butterfly is a colorful collaboration between the Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and the genre-bending New York based quartet, Brooklyn Rider. Interpretations of traditional folk songs make up the bulk of the release that also includes a composition by pianist Peadar Ó Riada and a Hayes original. The uniqueness of release lies in the exchanges between ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Antonino Restuccia & Santiago Bogacz: Subsuelo

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Uruguayan bassist Antonino Restuccia and guitarist Santiago Bogacz's second EP, the cinematic Subsuelo, like their first was recorded live in their hometown, Montevideo. Also like their first recording, it contains a single, entirely improvised live track. Even though there is less than year between the two sessions the duo's creativity has developed and their camaraderie has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Houry Dora Apartian: Anticipation

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Vocalist Houry Dora Apartian has a rich, honeyed voice and a polished delivery. On her third release as a leader, the charming Anticipation, Apartian fronts a sophisticated group of talented instrumentalists who share her musical vision. Apartian and pianist Oliver Friedli contributed the album's eight originals that, together with a cover of the Rogers and Hammerstein ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dom Minasi: Remembering Cecil

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Innovative pianist Cecil Taylor, who passed away on April 5th 2018, was a transformative force in the world of improvisational music. His signature percussive pianism was imbued with dynamic poetry and he, together with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, is credited with starting the free jazz movement. Taylor has also been a source of inspiration for fellow New ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

School Of Music Graduate Ensemble: Lyric Motion

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The University of Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania houses one of the premier music schools in the United States. Director Don Glanden has released several discs showcasing the talents of those he mentors. The 2019 edition is the delightful and engaging Lyric Motion. It features three different groupings of a dozen of the most accomplished students, together ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Rina Yamazaki: Conversations with a Rising Star

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Born in Japan, up and coming pianist Rina Yamazaki has lived in in the USA since she was accepted at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship in 2015. Both before moving to the US and after Yamazaki has earned a number of well-deserved accolades for her high-level musicianship. From receiving the Jazz ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Arthur Satyan: A life Steeped in Music

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Pianist, composer and educator Arthur Satyan came to Lebanon from his native Armenia in 1996 with a 3-month contract for the reopening of the area's premier performance space Casino Du Liban. Accompanying Satyan were American musicians drummer Steve Phillips, bassist Jack Gregg and guitarist Eric Schultz. Satyan ended up accepting a position at the Lebanese National ...