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ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz & Soundtracks

Read "Jazz & Soundtracks" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Jazz has had a very close relationship with cinema and TV. To be perfectly frank in this relationship cinema and TV have not as generous as jazz has been towards cinema.

Jazz has been only sporadically covered by quality movies. When that has happened the quantity of stereotypies and clichés about jazz spoiled them ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Hal Willner's Rock 'n' Rota

Read "Hal Willner's Rock 'n' Rota" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Anyone who has ever been at an all-star event--especially if that was a tribute concert--has learned the importance of Aristotle's maxim the hard way. Maybe the occasion was momentous, the cast probably star-studded, the heart certainly in the right place and the expectations high... however, at ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joy, Joy and More Joy

Read "Joy, Joy and More Joy" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Last week we were not quite done with our theme revolving around Jazz & Joy and playing tunes that either inspired joy or were inspired by the experience of joy by the artists who composed them. So here is more dopamine enhancing jazz for you. Music that should turn a grey day into a sunny one. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Christmas Roundup 2016: Aguankó, Jeff Collins, & Vinnie Zummo

Read "Christmas Roundup 2016: Aguankó, Jeff Collins, & Vinnie Zummo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

It's that time of year again. While some people genuinely love holiday records, others are just looking for some alternative to have available for self-defense against the onslaught of traditional holiday pop music. Regardless of what camp you're in, here are two new releases, plus three that are new to me: Latin jazz, mainstream jazz, bossa ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinnie Zummo: The Coyote

Read "The Coyote" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Vinnie Zummo is best known for his long association with singer/songwriter Joe Jackson. He appeared on every Jackson album from Body and Soul (A&M, 1984) through Blaze of Glory (A&M, 1989), returning for The Duke (Razor & Tie Recordings, 2012). The Coyote is mostly original compositions (several of them new arrangements of tunes from earlier ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Afro Bop Alliance Big Band: Revelation

Read "Revelation" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Revelation is the sixth recording by drummer Joe McCarthy's sixteen-year-old Afro Bop Alliance (the last three by the big band after three by smaller incarnations), the first that has come this way for review. As McCarthy's stalwart ensemble is based in the Washington, D.C. area, the supposition is that a number of topnotch armed services musicians ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2016

In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all:

swing
blues
soul
improvisation
latin
gospel
R 'n' B
crossroads
silence
groove
world ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

ETHEL + Robert Mirabal: The River

Read "The River" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The long-running creative music string quartet, ETHEL, shares some common ground with the pioneering Kronos Quartet. Both share an adventurous taste for unconventional projects and unlikely alliances. ETHEL however, pushes their instruments far beyond the norm with electronics, amplification and noise and unlike any other ensemble of their kind they are more than comfortable letting the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chaise Lounge: Gin Fizz Fandango

Read "Gin Fizz Fandango" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Washington DC's Chaise Lounge know how to show the listener a good time. On their seventh album they take the “cocktail jazz" description literally, offering a recipe for the title cocktail in the CD liner notes, compliments of the band's resident mixologist, bassist Pete Ostle. Not only that: there's even a “Play along with Chaise Lounge" ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joe Jackson at Town Hall

Read "Joe Jackson at Town Hall" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Joe Jackson
Town Hall
New York, NY
October 21, 2015

Joe Jackson is a musical chameleon. His music easily shifts from genre to genre...and his career output proves that fact.

The Grammy Award-winning British singer-songwriter was born David Ian Jackson on August 11, 1954. During his ...