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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gilad Hekselman: Ask For Chaos

Read "Ask For Chaos" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Be careful what you ask for if chaos is on the wish list. Israeli-born guitarist Gilad Hekselman invited disorder on this, his sixth outing, by employing two distinct backing bands. And there is fun to be had in spotting discrepancies between the combos. Representing the more avant elements are Zuperoctave, whilst a touch of trad comes ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Read "Gilmore Keyboard Festival" reviewed by John Ephland

Gilmore Keyboard Festival
Kalamazoo, Michigan
April 25 to May 12, 2018

Thursday night is always the second night of the biennial Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Thursday night is also the first night for jazz, the festival putatively a classical music rollout with jazz confections, albeit well-considered, strewn throughout this 22-day cultural jewel based ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Four New Releases From ECM Records: Vijay Iyer Sextet, Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Gary Peacock Trio, and David Virelles

Four New Releases From ECM Records: Vijay Iyer Sextet, Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Gary Peacock Trio, and David Virelles

August 25 Vijay Iyer Sextet
Far From Over Vijay Iyer: piano, fender rhodes; Graham Haynes: cornet, flugelhorn, electronics Steve Lehman: alto saxophone; Mark Shim: tenor saxophone; Stephan Crump: double bass Tyshawn Sorey: drums Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014—Far From Over, featuring his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Virelles: Gnosis

Read "Gnosis" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo il breve e visionario excursus elettroacustico di Antenna (ECM, 2016), David Virelles prosegue nella sua coraggiosa riformulazione della musica cubana sviluppando la ricerca di Mbókò, il suo debutto ECM del 2014.
Se quell'album era sottotitolato Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá qui il riferimento al sacro è dato ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Ravi Coltrane Live in Montreal and New York City

Read "Ravi Coltrane Live in Montreal and New York City" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Ravi Coltrane continues to evolve as an artist of remarkable depth and breadth as reflected in the diversity of contexts in which he engages. Coltrane was featured in three different musical settings at the recent (2017) jny: Montreal International Jazz Festival Invitation Series. All concerts were held at the Centre de Creativite Gesu, an intimate concert ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Slagle: Alto Manhattan

Read "Alto Manhattan" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Alto Manhattan is Latino for the New York City neighborhood “upper Manhattan" (or “the heights"). It's also where veteran alto saxophonist/flutist Steve Slagle lives, making for a nice bit of wordplay in the album title. This is a well-balanced program, with just a bit more Latin tinge than average. “Family" launches the set with Latin-flavored hard ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Virelles: Antenna

Read "Antenna" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist/composer David Virelles has combined his Cuban heritage with jazz before, most notably on his 2014 ECM leader debut Mbókò, which had the subtitle “Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá." But this EP--which is being released exclusively on vinyl and digitally--takes things in an entirely new electro-acoustic direction. It's a dense ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lizz Wright and Danilo Perez Jazz 100 at the Merriam Theater

Read "Lizz Wright and Danilo Perez Jazz 100 at the Merriam Theater" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Lizz Wright, Vocalist; Danilo Perez, Pianist and Music Director
Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk
Merriam Theater
Kimmel Center Presents
Philadelphia, PA
September 30, 2016

This well conceived theme-based jazz show anticipated the 100th birthdays and celebrated the music of four jazz icons all ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz All-Stars: Heart Beat

Read "Heart Beat" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran New York Pianist/composer and arranger Bill O'Connell, early on developed a reputation in the post-bop/hard-bop area but, since then, is best recognized as one of the finest musicians and long-time proponents within the Latin Jazz genre. With decades as a performer and a host of albums to his credit, O'Connell presents his fourth release for ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Virelles: Mboko

Read "Mboko" reviewed by John Kelman

For a relatively young musician nearing his 31st birthday in 2014, pianist David Virelles has managed to both garner a strong reputation and emerge with a singular voice in a relatively short period of time. While his early experiences in North America were within the confines of what might be expected from a Cuban expat, playing ...