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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stefon Harris & Blackout: Sonic Creed

Read "Sonic Creed" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In its most basic function, the music that makes up Sonic Creed serves as a mirror to African American life in the here and now. It explores the history, legacy, struggles, and joys of the Black community, speaking to all of it at once through sound and sentiment.

Sonic Creed arrives almost a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Meeco: Souvenirs Of Love

Read "Souvenirs Of Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Meeco doesn't skimp on star power when he puts a record together. The personnel listings from his previous projects--Amargo Mel (Connector Records, 2009), Perfume E Caricias (Connector Records, 2010), and Beauty Of The Night (Connector Records, 2012)--read like the invite list for the NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony: Jazz elders--bassists Ron Carter and Buster Williams, flautist ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Save The Date - Novembre 2014

Read "Save The Date - Novembre 2014" reviewed by Luca Canini

È un novembre ricco quello che attende appassionati e girovaghi del jazz. Tra festival, eventi, strani incontri e rassegne, c'è di che cavarsi la voglia. Ma prima dei consigli qualche notizia. La più interessante arriva da Siena, città che pochi giorni fa ha ospitato la prima assemblea nazionale dell'associazione italiana musicisti di jazz (MIDJ). Alla quale ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits

Read "Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits" reviewed by K. Shackelford

Kris Bowers is a pristine example of what the term prodigy embodies. In 2011, at the tender age of 22, he became the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Bowers also received an astute musical education at Julliard School of Music in New York--receiving a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Film ...

Kris Bowers: Heroes + Misfits

Read "Heroes + Misfits" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Expectations can lead to unexpected directions. Kris Bowers, the compelling young pianist who took first place in 2011's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, wowed judges that included the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and Jason Moran. A prodigy whose encyclopedic knowledge of jazz matches an adroit freedom that can't just be taught in the classroom, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Robert Glasper Experiment: Black Radio 2

Read "Black Radio 2" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The conditions have to be just right for lightning to strike twice in the same location which holds true for studio recordings where the variables of performers, music, and other factors can affect the outcome. While Robert Glasper's 2012 critically acclaimed Black Radio (Blue Note) deftly combined jazz, hip hop, and “Neo Soul" to win Best ...

Derrick Hodge: Live Today

Read "Live Today" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

It's no surprise that bassist Derrick Hodge's debut, Live Today, breathes fresh creativity. Whether swinging fervently on upright or laying down nasty funk riffs on electric bass, his versatility has been recruited by trumpet giant Terence Blanchard and served as a vital component of the Robert Glasper Experiment's Grammy-winning Black Radio (Blue Note, 2012). Hodge's talents ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassist & Composer Derrick Hodge Premieres “Gritty Folk” From His Debut Recording "Live Today" To Be Released Aug. 6 On Blue Note Records

Bassist & Composer Derrick Hodge Premieres “Gritty Folk” From His Debut Recording "Live Today" To Be Released Aug. 6 On Blue Note Records

HODGE STEPS OUT FROM THE ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT WITH DIVERSE DEBUT THAT FEATURES COMMON, GLASPER, ALAN HAMPTON & OTHERS On August 6, Blue Note Records will release Live Today, the debut recording from extraordinary bassist and composer Derrick Hodge. Hodge is perhaps best known as the anchor of the genre-bending, GRAMMY award-winning band Robert Glasper Experiment, but he has ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rigas Ritmi Festival: Riga, Latvia, July 3-6 2013

Read "Rigas Ritmi Festival: Riga, Latvia, July 3-6 2013" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Rigas Ritmi
Riga
Latvia
July 2-6, 2013

Latvia's Rigas Ritmi 2013 was the 13th edition of this compact but always intriguing celebration of music--or, more precisely as the title indicates, a celebration of rhythms. The distinction is important for although jazz is at the heart of the festival it shares the spotlight with other styles. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013

Read "2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013" reviewed by Matt Marshall

34th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
April 19-April 27, 2013
There was a determined effort by Tri-C JazzFest Managing Director Terri Pontremoli to give this year's event more of a festival atmosphere than it has perhaps enjoyed in years past. For starters, many of the outlying venues, such as the East Cleveland library, a regular ...