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Ben Markley Quartet: Basic Economy

Read "Basic Economy" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Pianist/composer Ben Markley has enough jazz pedigree to draw interest from jazz fans on an international level. After all, he has performed with such notables as Brian Lynch, Terell Stafford, and Eddie Henderson. His work on the jazz scene in Denver is well regarded, as is his work as Director of Jazz Studies at the University ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Lineage: Rock and Pop Classics Revisited

Read "Lineage: Rock and Pop Classics Revisited" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In 2010, saxophonist Dave Liebman and drummer Michael Stephans began tossing around cover song ideas with guitarist Vic Juris, who was featured in the Liebman Group from 1991 through 2012. These conversations were soon joined by bassist Evan Gregor, keyboard player Bobby Avey and woodwinds player Matt Vashilishan. The resultant Lineage, subtitled Rock and Pop Classics ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Vámanos – Let’s Go!

Read "Vámanos – Let’s Go!" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

As jazz continues to indelibly leave imprints on music all over the globe, this column explores everything from classic 1960s and '70 singles from Peru to contemporary updates of traditional blues from Turkey and Greece. Vámanos--let's go!

Ҫiğdem Aslan
Mortissa
Asphalt Tango
2013

Ҫiğdem Aslan was born in the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian McCarthy: This Just In

Read "This Just In" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Jazz is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Vermont but the state, despite its size, has had a long involvement with improvised music. Trumpeters Alan Shorter and Bill Dixon taught at Bennington College and guitarist Attila Zoller founded the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro. In addition to having a small yet ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Since he began to seriously pursue a career as a jazz artist back in the 1960s, Dave Liebman has been on a transformative journey towards becoming a true original in the genre. After assuming sideman slots with the likes of Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name but a few, he has certainly earned ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Greg Abate Quartet Featuring Phil Woods: The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods

Read "The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Led by reed man, educator and Conn-Selmer clinician Greg Abate, The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods documents an electrifying set of bebop, straight-ahead and Latin styles featuring legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods as its marquee player. The quintet burns through an exciting ten-piece repertoire of Abate originals complimented by contributions from both Woods and pianist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Axel's Axiom: Uncommon Sense

Read "Uncommon Sense" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Since graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 2004, German-born pianist Axel Schwintzer has kept busy teaching, playing throughout New England, performing at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and playing various venues in the New York City area since relocating there in 2007. Axel's Axiom may not be familiar ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Elisabeth Lohninger: Songs of Love and Destruction

Read "Songs of Love and Destruction" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Austrian-American Elisabeth Lohninger is emerging as a major creative force in jazz vocals. Her previous release, The Only Way Out is Up (Lofish, 2007), was well-received and displayed a talent both fully formed and evolving. Her first recording, Beneath The Surface (Lofish, 2004) was noted for the singer's “stylistic fluency and versatility."

Versatile ...