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Content by tag "Josh Evans"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Earl MacDonald: Open Borders

Read "Open Borders" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Open Borders brings to the fore Canadian-born pianist Earl MacDonald's burnished tentet in a program that consists of eleven sunlit and swinging themes, five of which were composed by the leader. Besides writing, MacDonald did most of the arranging, and he excels in both arenas, as he does on piano (most notably on the standards “Blame ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Earl MacDonald: Open Borders

Read "Open Borders" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Politicians might do well to take a few pointers from pianist-arranger Earl MacDonald. As this fine album attests to, it's far better to build bridges than walls, and far more productive to open borders and dialogue than close hearts, minds, and doors.

While MacDonald didn't initially set out to make a political statement ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace

Read "Serenade for Horace" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This gem of a tribute album is, in the words of the poet Wordsworth, a “recollection in tranquility" conceived and led by drummer Louis Hayes in memory of his beloved lifelong friend, pianist Horace Silver. In 1956, Silver invited Hayes to New York City from his native Detroit to join the Horace Silver Quintet, which produced ...

Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead

Read "Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Louis Hayes will turn 80 on May 31 (2017), but the party is still goin' hearty. He started celebrating this milestone back in February with an 18-day tour that began in Barcelona and concluded in jny: Amsterdam. It was mostly one-nighters with three nights in jny: Athens, two in jny: Paris and jny: London appearances at ...

Take Five with Mike Casey

Read "Take Five with Mike Casey" reviewed by Mike Casey

About Mike Casey
Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the jny: Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen ...

Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker

Read "Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Darius Jones Quintet/The Mara Rosenbloom Trio
Ibeam
June 13, 2016

This appealing double bill made a Monday night visit to Ibeam a certainty, even if only for a select-sized audience. This musician-orientated room in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn is completely dedicated to the activity of performance, without a ...

David Gibson: Inner Agent

Read "Inner Agent" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The idea of creating a safe space to allow for disregarding safety may be paradoxical in nature, but it makes perfect sense when contextualized or couched in jazz terms. There can be no resolution of faith in one's surroundings and colleagues without taking the trust fall, there can be no reward without risk, and there can ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward

Read "David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's late morning on Sunday, January 17, 2016--a wintry New York day that will later see snow--and much of Brooklyn seems to be in a state of hibernation or hiding. There are few signs of life on the streets, but there's no shortage of action in the basement of the former Public School 9 Annex. That's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band: Our Father Who Art Blakey

Read "Our Father Who Art Blakey" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Who is Russian-born trumpeter Valery Ponomarev's favorite musician? A clue may be found in the title of Ponomarev's first CD as leader of his New York City-based big band: Our Father Who Art Blakey. The first jazz recording he heard while still in Russia, Ponomarev recalls, was Blakey's Jazz Messengers with trumpeter Lee Morgan playing pianist ...

Ben Wolfe: The Whisperer

Read "The Whisperer" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

While swimming in the rather large body of sounds that comprise the jazz mainstream, Ben Wolfe's The Whisperer evinces no obvious stylistic points of reference or influence, possesses unusual depth, and adds up to something larger and more significant than a composite of impressive individual performances. Wolfe's compositions--eleven out of the disc's twelve tracks--comprise the record's ...