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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Curtis + Garabedian + Sperrazza: New Year

Read "New Year" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This is a compelling slice of Brooklyn unburdened. With no real restrictions, stratification, expectations or requirements to speak of, three friends and fellow seekers document their truth(s) in sound. Burrowing into their shared experiences in the Borough of Kings, and discovering tunnels and wormholes in the process, they come out on the other end with music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hearing Things: Here's Hearing Things

Read "Here's Hearing Things" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Direttamente da Brooklyn, una delle formazioni che gli amanti delle atmosfere liquide e colorate della musica surf e beat non potranno farsi scappare. Si chiamano Hearing Things e, dietro le deliziose grafiche di copertina in puro stile Sixties del loro album intitolato Here's Hearing Things, si nascondono Matt Bauder al sassofono e chitarra, JP Schlegelmilch all'organo ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Sounds of Saxophones

Read "The Sounds of Saxophones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The saxophone continues to be one of the cornerstone instruments of jazz. Here are three recent recordings that demonstrate different approaches to the use of saxophones in the music.

Jordan Pettay
First Fruit
Outside In Music
2019

Jordan Pettay is a young Julliard graduate who makes her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sean Moran: Sun Tiger

Read "Sun Tiger" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Trio piuttosto atipico questo messo in piedi da Sean Moran, chitarrista elettrico newyorchese d'adozione: accanto al suo strumento troviamo infatti la batteria di Vinnie Sperrazza e il violoncello di Hank Roberts, strumenti che danno vita a un suono costantemente nel guado tra rock e musica da camera.

La particolarità si palesa fin dalle prime ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Tallitsch: Wheelhouse

Read "Wheelhouse" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Tom Tallitsch's Wheelhouse is a recording in which something honest and genuine springs from the soil of a long established, familiar jazz style. Although pinning a hard bop label on the music is fairly accurate, ultimately it amounts to a quick, glib, descriptive fix that may distort or diminish the character of the record. The same ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New Faces: Straight Forward

Read "Straight Forward" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The collection of musicians on this record, collectively referred to as “New Faces," is an attempt by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to create a sampler of the label's mission, utilizing a selection of young leaders to collectively personify their overall musical vision. As stated on the Posi- Tone website, “The entire series of succinct performances included ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark F. Turner's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In a year filled with loss, uncertainty and numerous challenges, the following releases by these creative and talented artists repeatedly moved me while bringing something fresh to my ears. No matter what critics or doubters say, the music lives on and is as strong as ever; always colored by its diversity.

Harriet Tubman ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal: Hide Ye Idols

Read "Hide Ye Idols" reviewed by Troy Collins

Forward-thinking drummer Vinnie Sperrazza has proven to be an exceptionally creative and magnanimous bandleader; Hide Ye Idols expands well beyond the imaginative inroads made on Apocryphal, his impressive 2014 debut for Loyal Label. Conveying a distinctive group sound, the original lineup featured on his first album--alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, guitarist Brandon Seabrook, and bassist Eivind Opsvik--returns, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

10th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn’s Urban Meadow, June 11 & 18 From 1-6 PM

10th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn’s Urban Meadow, June 11 & 18 From 1-6 PM

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” —Nate Chinen, New York ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinnie Sperrazza: Juxtaposition

Read "Juxtaposition" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The most intriguing thing about Juxtaposition, Vinnie Sperrazza's recently released recording, is its loose grip on the jazz tradition. The disc's twelve tracks don't come with a set of standard, recognizable references. Not unlike many of today's leading young artists, Sperrazza has absorbed the lessons of the music's past, and is currently interested in doing things ...