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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...

Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray

Read "Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There is no end to very good jazz vocals.

Kathleen Potton
Nero
Self Produced
2017

Australian-born singer/songwriter Kathleen Potton's debut recording Nero is a sly nod in the direction of female singer/songwriters who came before. The title refers to the Laura Nyro ("Eli's Coming," Stoned Soul Picnic") and the ...

Ariel Pocock: Living In Twilight

Read "Living In Twilight" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When the sun rests below the horizon, the sky sits in a limbo state represented by a wondrous ambiguity in color, content, and intention. An intoxicating afterglow emerges, both wishing the day a fond adieu and ushering in the night. It's that variegated realm, an in-between locale that's neither here nor there, that inspires pianist-vocalist Ariel ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2017 - Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2017 - Part 1" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Part 1 | Part 2

Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
March 4-11, 2017

Haiti: the only nation in the world established as the result of a slave revolt; home of Vodou. Haiti: poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; subject to devastating hurricanes and earthquakes. Most potential visitors ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ariel Pocock: Touchstone

Read "Touchstone" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È un brillante debutto discografico questo di Ariel Pocock, la pianista-cantante di Seattle che il produttore Matt Pierson ha preso sotto l'ala, affiancandole musicisti del calibro di Larry Grenadier, Julian Lage, Eric Harland e Seamus Blake. Un supporto di prim'ordine ma anche una bella responsabilità per una ragazza poco più che ventenne, appena uscita dall'University of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ariel Pocock: Touchstone

Read "Touchstone" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What are the touchstones of jazz? Harmonic acuity? Internalization of swing aesthetics and advanced rhythmic language(s)? The ability to quickly parse a composition in real time? An understanding of the historical framework of the music? The ability to create and speak one's own mind using any number of vocabulary sets? Yes. Each of those elements are ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Ariel Pocock Launches Debut Artistshare Project

Vocalist Ariel Pocock Launches Debut Artistshare Project

We are very excited to announce the launch of new ArtistShare artist Ariel Pocock's debut ArtistShare Project. At only 20 years old, Ariel is an incredibly talented singer, pianist, and composer. She has already earned widespread recognition for her talents from Downbeat Magazine, the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center, the Seattle-Kobe Jazz Vocalist Competition, ...