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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Caldera: Caldera / Sky Islands

Read "Caldera / Sky Islands" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Mention the word “fusion" and a list of familiar names often turns up: Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Return to Forever and Weather Report. But what about Caldera? Aficionados of the genre will probably know about them but, to many listeners, they will be a new discovery and, thanks to a BGO ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

Read "Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joan Torres's All Is Fused: Revolution

Read "Revolution" reviewed by Paul Naser

Since the band's last record, Of The Musical (Self Produced, 2016), Joan Torres' All Is Fused has taken time to dig deeper into its influences and expand its sound. This year All Is Fused returns with an evolved vibe that finds it delving deep into fusion and Latin with a slight nod to the avant-garde and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Cawley: Catenaccio

Read "Catenaccio" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Tom Cawley has been a familiar presence on the British jazz scene for well over a decade. He teaches piano and improvisation in the jazz department of London's Royal Academy of Music and he's led his group Curios since its debut album, Hidden, was released in 2007 on Jazzizit Records. Cawley won the Young Jazz Musician ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Parks: Little Big

Read "Little Big" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Pianist/composer Aaron Parks' recording career began when, at the impressionable age of eighteen, he signed on with Terrence Blanchard and recorded several noted albums with the trumpeter, most notably the soundtrack to Spike Lee's Invisible Man and Blanchard's own, Grammy winning A Tale of God's Will (Requiem for Katrina (Blue Note, 2007). In the creative interim ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adi Meyerson: Where We Stand

Read "Where We Stand" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Adi Meyerson is a young bassist and composer living in New York City. She shows a healthy respect for jazz tradition on her debut CD but also shows the ability to play around with more open-ended musical forms.

Most of the tracks have the feel of a hard-blowing '60s jazz combo with Joel Frahm's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Spirit Fingers: Spirit Fingers

Read "Spirit Fingers" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the debut album and brainchild of leader, pianist and composer Greg Spero, an undeniably gifted pianist and composer who has been mentored by fellow keyboardists and Miles Davis alumni Robert Irving III and Herbie Hancock. The musicians Spero assembled for his project amount to a veritable supergroup in terms of their prodigious talent. The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dixie Dregs at Lincoln Theatre

Read "Dixie Dregs at Lincoln Theatre" reviewed by Eric Thiessen

The Dixie Dregs Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC March 7, 2018

Back in the 1970s, many aspiring young guitarists yearned to play like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix, but truly inspired musicians wanted to be as good as John McLaughlin or Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs (later just The Dregs). While the ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Ralph Hepola

Read "Take Five with Ralph Hepola" reviewed by Ralph Hepola

About Ralph Hepola
Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States, Ralph Hepola studied piano before starting on the tuba at age twelve. At seventeen, he was chosen to play before the British Royal Family in the Manitoba All-Province Band at Brandon, Manitoba in Canada. While still in high school, Ralph began performing ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jean Luc Ponty Band at the Boulder Theater

Read "Jean Luc Ponty Band at the Boulder Theater" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Jean Luc Ponty Band
Boulder Theater
Boulder, Colorado
June 13, 2017

One thing we learned Tuesday night: Enigmatic Ocean (Atlantic, 1977), Jean Luc Ponty's fourth album for Atlantic Records, is his favorite. And why not? It made it to number one on the jazz charts in 1977. Plus, it's pretty good. ...