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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Carlo Mombelli: Angels and Demons

Read "Carlo Mombelli: Angels and Demons" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

One of music's criminally underrated geniuses, South African electric bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli has carved out a most extraordinary performing and writing career in music. Throughout his four decades as a performer, Mombelli has forged one of the most distinctive electric bass approaches in Jazz, established himself as South Africa's most exceptional composer, and has ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture

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If there's a defining trait to be found in the value system guiding guitarist Matt Davis and his music, it's most definitely a healthy respect and admiration for kith and kin. A love of community and belonging drives nearly every aspect of this artist's life, including his flagship ensemble, Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, and it speaks ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science at Cologne Philharmonic

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Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
Cologne Philharmonic
Cologne, Germany
January 26, 2019

When outspoken American artists perform before European crowds, it is always interesting for US expats to observe both the message and its reception, especially in today's politically charged era. In the case of Carrington and her colleagues' passionate ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Trey Wright releases solo effort, Begin Again

Guitarist Trey Wright releases solo effort, Begin Again

Atlanta's jazz guitar master Trey Wright has released his latest solo effort, “Begin Again". Mr. Wright puts together a moving group of songs inspired by his recovery from a depressive episode in 2016 and dedicated to ex-band mate the late Carl Lindberg (Squat, Grogus, Ok Skool Trio). ”Begin Again" also features Marc Miller (bass: The Atlanta ...

Back to the Garden

History can be rewritten, but a song is forever. Back To The Garden embodies this truth by taking their audiences back in time through the songs of past years. Invariably, their concerts become mass sing-alongs, set to the soundtrack of the free-love era. Their inspiration comes from a heartfelt love for the music, and it is experienced on many levels, from primal to spiritual, by anyone who attends one of their shows. Talk to any member of Back To The Garden, you will be speaking to someone who's made major contributions to the music scene. As session and live players, they have backed artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Kenny Loggins, America, Kim Carnes, Juice Newton, Chaka Khan, Art Neville, BJ Thomas, The Everly Brothers, and many more. Back To The Garden is: "Cactus" Jim Soldi, Marc "Twang" Intravaia, Sharon Whyte, Larry Grano, and Rick Nash.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eraldo Bernocchi: Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It

Read "Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It" reviewed by John Ephland

RareNoise is one of those labels, one of those rare (no pun intended) labels, where format and style have become irrelevant. A recent sampling of the soon-to-be historic label should suffice in telling their ongoing musical odyssey. Pit one against the other: 2018's Anguish, featuring among others, Nordic phenom Mats Gustafsson in a wild-haired hoedown of ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Maria Schafer

With a velveteen voice, charmingly straightforward delivery, and nuanced rhythmic sensibilities, versatile singer Maria Schafer enjoys presenting lyrical gems from the realms of jazz standards, Brazilian music, and pop tunes in beautifully modern arrangements. Currently touring as the featured vocalist with The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ms. Schafer has enjoyed the opportunity to perform for audiences across the United States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, and Japan. As a recording artist, Ms. Schafer can be heard as a featured vocalist on albums "So Right..." from The James Kob Experience, "Living In The Question" from sax player Eric Hirschhorn, and "Singin' In The Rain" and "Imagine", both from vocal jazz group Singcopation. Maria has been awarded Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Reno Jazz Festival, and for 4 consecutive years served as a leading member of vocal jazz groups which won Downbeat Student Awards for "Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble" or "Outstanding Performance".

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kelly Green: Volume One

Read "Volume One" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

If we were talking baseball, pianist, vocalist, and composer Kelly Green would be highly touted as a three tool player. And she deserves to be. From every angle she hears breaks and stops, harmonic and melodic whoops, swoops and vocal dips and dives that the rest of us maybe don't until the artist makes them as ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove

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This post-election broadcast celebrates the new wave of women in the House and Senate -also remembering Roy Hargrove (1969-2018) in the second hour plus a special 75th birthday tribute to Joni Mitchell in the third hour.

Playlist Roxy Coss “Nevertheless She Persisted" from The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Ethel Ennis “If Women Ruled ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Terri Lyne Carrington at Royce Hall

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Terri Lyne Carrington
Celebrating Tina Turner, Nancy Wilson and Joni Mitchell
Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA
November 9, 2018

In 1998, Terri Lyne Carrington was the second musician to arrive for one of Herbie Hancock's Gershwin's World recording sessions. Joni Mitchell was already there, and while they waited for saxophonist ...