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Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn: The People I Love

Read "The People I Love" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is easy think about the shock of the new that was bebop when listening to The People I Love by alto saxophonist Steve Lehman's trio. Not that Lehman plays bebop as it was in the 1940s. It took mammals millions of years of evolution to climb down out of trees and fashion tools, but it ...

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Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

Read "Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazz Juniors 2018
ICE Kraków Congress Centre/Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club
Kraków, Poland
November 29-December 2, 2018

In 2017, the four-day Jazz Juniors competition was merged under the banner of Hitch On, with promises of a full duality for its 2018 42nd edition. Along the way, this didn't ...

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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues
jny: Penang, Malaysia
December 1-4, 2016

A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

Geri Allen: Apollo's Muse

Read "Geri Allen:  Apollo's Muse" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Pianist/composer Geri Allen is gearing up for her role as artistic director for an especially ambitious production of the 2013 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival at the Apollo Theater. Presented as “Geri Allen & Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo," the program will offer two shows on May 11, 2013 that explore the legacy ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dafnis Prieto: Experiments in Spontaneity

Read "Dafnis Prieto: Experiments in Spontaneity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Improvisation--music in the moment, eloquently once called “the sound of surprise"--takes place in genres besides jazz. But in America's indigenous art form, it is a cornerstone. The degree to which a song might contain improv varies greatly. Sometimes it's hard to tell in a highly arranged piece where the musicians are taking liberties. Other times its ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

9th Annual Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston, NY

Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 1, Uptown Kingston, presenting this year's festival opens on Friday, August 31, at 8:00 p.m. with “The Art of the Duo." Held at BackStage Productions, a renovated nineteenth-century vaudeville house on Wall Street, this unique format will present four renowned jazz artists performing in various duo combinations. And at just $15 ...

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David Budway: A New Kiss

Read "A New Kiss" reviewed by Jack Huntley

David Budway's accomplished piano abilities are front and center on A New Kiss. Sometimes richly vibrant, sometimes plaintively florid, the overall spirit of Budway's arrangements ooze musical sophistication. Backed by the superb rhythm section of bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Budway works his way through a mix of originals and standards, with each ...

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David Caceres: Double Threat Coming Forward

Read "David Caceres: Double Threat Coming Forward" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The singer/instrumentalist in jazz has a long and honorable tradition. Many of those, though certainly not all, are more known for their singing than playing, especially in the last 20 years or so. But almost universally, they're enjoyed for what they can do, breathing a certain joie de vivre into songs by expressing the lyrics, then ...

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Ari Hoenig Quartet: Niu's Jazz & Blues Bar, Bangkok

Read "Ari Hoenig Quartet: Niu's Jazz & Blues Bar, Bangkok" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Ari Hoenig Quartet
Niu's Jazz & Blues Bar
Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
November 5, 2009

There is no other drummer quite like New Yorker Ari Hoenig. Watching him play is like marveling at a cross between Animal, the wild drummer of Muppets fame, and Max Roach. His approach to drumming ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Frisell/Carter/Motian; Winter Jazzfest; Gato Barbieri/Poncho Sanchez; George Coleman; Monty Alexander; Lee Konitz

Read "Frisell/Carter/Motian; Winter Jazzfest; Gato Barbieri/Poncho Sanchez; George Coleman; Monty Alexander; Lee Konitz" reviewed by Martin Longley

Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian

The Blue Note

January 9, 2009

It's just over a year since these masters of minimalism were last in residence at The Blue Note. This return shows that they've further refined their rapport, which was already bordering on the telepathic. In this very particular combination, each member ...