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Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra: Bloom

Read "Bloom" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Qualcuno sta disperatamente cercando di tenere in vita la tradizione delle orchestre jazzistiche, malgrado la crisi dei mondi, le lamentele dei 'bottom line managers' che sono solo capaci di dire che i conti non tornano. Bella forza, loro guardano solo alla riga finale del bilancio e non hanno la più pallida idea di cosa ci sia sopra. Se sopra ...


The Clayton Brothers: The Gathering

Read "The Gathering" reviewed by Larry Taylor

The Clayton Brothers--John on bass and Jeff on reeds--have been playing together for over 30 years, either in their small groups or in the large Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, formed in 1985 in partnership with drummer Jeff Hamilton. In small contexts, they have specialized in post-bop swing with a touch of funk, while the critically acclaimed big ...


Origin Records Has Just Released The Hal Galper Trio's Latest Foray Into Their Original "Rubato Style" Of Playing

Origin Records Has Just Released The Hal Galper Trio's Latest Foray Into Their Original "Rubato Style"  Of Playing

Dear Fellow Travelers. Thanks for taking the musical journey with us. It’s a journey without a road map, where the road takes us wherever it wants to go. The destination? There is none. It’s the trip that counts. We strive to intuit the direction upon which the road takes us without imposing our ego’s on the music, to play, ...


The Joe La Barbera Quintet: Silver Streams

Read "Silver Streams" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

If there is a stream of any kind that runs through Silver Streams by The Joe La Barbera Quintet, it is the flow of energy--intense to the point of ignition--that is tapped. No meandering “Old Man River," this team drinks from the source with gusto and unified creativity. That shouldn't be a surprise, since La Barbera ...


Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

Read "Spirit Fiction" reviewed by Greg Simmons

It's easy to imagine the double-takes that must have occurred when introductions were being made around New York in the early 1990s. “What'd you say your last name is, son?" Let's face it, if you're walking around with the name of a God, your last name is Coltrane and your first name is not John, and ...


Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

Read "Spirit Fiction" reviewed by Troy Collins

The second son of John and Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane was born two years before his father's death in 1967. Despite his imposing lineage, Coltrane's steady rise to prominence in the jazz world has been anything but conspicuous; notable stints as a sideman with Steve Coleman, Elvin Jones and Wallace Roney in the mid-1990s eventually ...


Ralph Alessi: Cognitive Dissonance

Read "Cognitive Dissonance" reviewed by John Kelman

For his Cam Jazz debut, trumpeter Ralph Alessi recruits two key players from his sadly overlooked Look (Between the Lines, 2007). But while ubiquitous bassist Drew Gress (Marc Copland, Claudia Quintet) is a mainstay of Cognitive Dissonance, pianist Andy Milne only guests on the knottily themed but swinging “Sir" and a quirkily, near-unrecognizable version of Stevie ...


Scott Dubois: Black Hawk Dance

Read "Black Hawk Dance" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There is a deep, questioning spirituality that pervades the music of Scott DuBois. On Black Hawk Dance, his second Sunnyside release, the music becomes a kind of ancient/modern ritual that reaches outward and upward to seemingly attain--as Don Cherry once did--complete communion with the Divine. But the journey is not easy, as the music on this ...


30th Annual Detroit International Jazz Festival

Read "30th Annual Detroit International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Hank Jones / Corea, Clarke & White
Sean Jones / Dave Brubeck Quartet / Brian Auger's Oblivion Express
Alfredo Rodriguez / Dennis Coffey / Wayne Shorter Quartet
Chuchito Valdes / Stefon Harris & Blackout
30th Annual Detroit International Jazz Festival
Detroit, Michigan


John Patitucci: Celebrating Jazz Heroes

Read "John Patitucci: Celebrating Jazz Heroes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

As sayings go, “One man's trash is another man's treasure" is pretty straightforward, especially for those enamored with garage sales. For lovers of jazz music, it may hold a bit more significance, for it played a fateful role in the life of one of today's superlative artists in the genre.

John Patitucci is one ...