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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line

Read "East West Time Line" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il nuovo album del chitarrista Kevin Eubanks, che segue Duets realizzato nel 2015 con il collega Stanley Jordan, si innesta direttamente nella grande tradizione della chitarra jazz, di cui da oltre trenta anni è uno dei maggiori interpreti. Da sempre poco interessato a sperimentazioni timbriche o strutturali, Eubanks ha preferito concentrare il suo approccio allo strumento ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Christian McBride Big Band: Bringin' It

Read "Bringin' It" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Where and how does Christian McBride find the time to do what he does? His plate is full about nine times over, what with his work as bassist, composer, bandleader, educator, jazz advocate, public speaker, radio personality, DJ, and Artistic Director for the Newport Jazz Festival. It's no wonder that it took him six years to ...

Harold Lopez-Nussa: El Viaje

Read "El Viaje" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Trentaquattro anni, nato a L'Avana, formazione classica, un interesse per il jazz sorto all'età di diciotto anni e diventato esclusivo negli ultimi dieci, tanto da farlo passare dai festival di mezzo mondo con suoi progetti: questa in sintesi la figura del pianista cubano Harold Lòpez-Nussa, che con questo El viaje torna in patria sia fisicamente (il ...

Sean Jones: Live from Jazz at the Bistro

Read "Live from Jazz at the Bistro" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

L'atmosfera intima del Jazz at the Bistro di Saint Louis accoglie questa raffinata performance calibrata su appena sette brani, eppure capace di catturare l'ascoltatore dalla prima all'ultima nota. Da sempre affascinato dalla formula del live -al punto da non ricorrere quasi mai, in studio, alle sovraincisioni -, il trombettista di Warren, Ohio, dopo la prova con ...

Sean Jones: Live From Jazz at the Bistro

Read "Live From Jazz at the Bistro" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trumpeter Sean Jones received his master's degree at Rutgers University, and then quickly began his rise into the upper echelon of the jazz world. Serving for six years as the first-chair trumpeter for Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, he toured Europe with Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller and, with Wayne Shorter, in a Miles Davis project; he ...

Christian Sands: Reach

Read "Reach" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A lot plays into the success of an artist's reach, with content and presentation obviously ranking high on the list. But above all, an artist has to be willing to extend a hand if they expect listeners to do the same. Many simply reach for the musical stars without really considering the need to reach out ...

Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line

Read "East West Time Line" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Philadelphia-born guitarist, composer Kevin Eubanks has been building a creative catalog and playing style since his 18-year tenure as the guitarist and music director of TV's, The Tonight Show Band ended in 2010. Eubanks took New York by storm, starting out in straight ahead jazz clubs, followed by progressive albums for contemporary jazz giant GRP Records ...

Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

Read "Planetary Prince" reviewed by Christopher Hoard

Cameron Graves' debut recording, Planetary Prince (Mack Avenue) is an original and refreshing “piano jazz" outing. It's horn sextet dynamics provide familiar entry points and references into the musical sphere Graves inhabits as composer, arranger, and performer, but the extreme energy levels and sophisticated ensemble dynamics confidently echo the great bands of the jazz-rock era; perhaps ...

Billy Childs: Rebirth

Read "Rebirth" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's been a while since we've heard pianist Billy Childs really dig in. While he certainly hasn't been dormant, reaching tremendous artistic heights in semi-recent times with a pair of highly refined chamber jazz explorations and a much-lauded tribute to Laura Nyro, the Childs of yore--the man that would throw down the gauntlet night after night ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harold Lopez-Nussa: El Viaje

Read "El Viaje" reviewed by James Nadal

Prodigious pianist Harold López-Nussa has come full circle. With numerous acclaimed recordings, and acknowledged as a seasoned performer on international stages, he returns home and records El Viaje in Havana, Cuba, offering musical insights on the world through his piano. Continuing with his established trio format, which includes his brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums and ...


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