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NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz this week: Robert Glasper Experiment with Keyon Harrold; Black Host; and more

Jazz this week: Robert Glasper Experiment with Keyon Harrold; Black Host; and more

View more events at stlouis.jazznearyou.com. As Jazz Appreciation Month swings on, it's a big week for jazz and creative music in jny: St. Louis, with the local debuts of two significant contemporary ensembles offering two different takes on the jazz diaspora, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, April 22 First up is the much-talked-about Robert Glasper Experiment, with ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Paul Naser's Best Releases of 2013

Read "Paul Naser's Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by Paul Naser

2013 was a fantastic year for new records. It was tough to narrow down which ones to include in this list, but I gave it my best shot. Having too many favorites isn't such a bad problem to have, I guess. Here are just a few of my favorites, listed in no particular order.

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: INTERVIEWS

Derrick Hodge: Raw, Unabashed Honesty

Read "Derrick Hodge: Raw, Unabashed Honesty" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

Versatility is a trait that any young musician wishes to attain in his/her career. While the ability to seamlessly flow in and out of any musical situation or genre can be attained by spending countless hours in the shed and listening to an array of records, a unique musical environment helps immensely in shaping a young ...

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 ...