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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Snaggle: The Long Slog

Read "The Long Slog" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the art world, labeling oneself as “the next (fill in the blank)" or “(name of country)'s answer to (fill in the blank)" is a risky ploy that may reap short-term benefits in terms of quickly generating a fan base, but may actually be detrimental in terms of creative sustainability. The jny:: Toronto-based jazz-funk- rock sextet ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Badbadnotgood Is Truly Goodgoodnotbad

Read "Badbadnotgood Is Truly Goodgoodnotbad" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Among the pleasantest surprises of 2016, a year replete with many notably unpleasant surprises, was the appearance of IV by the poly-stylistic jazz / instrumental hiphop quartet BadBadNotGood. IV came hot on the heels of Sour Soul, their remarkable 2015 collaboration with Ghostface Killah. If you still bristle when you see the words “jazz" and “hiphop" ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Meet Kenny Garrett

Read "Meet Kenny Garrett" reviewed by Craig Jolley

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 2002 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material.

First tier alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett is notorious for his energy and for his ability to spontaneously compose (improvise). He announced himself twenty years ago in the bands of Freddie Hubbard ...

José James: una grande voce per la Black Music

Read "José James: una grande voce per la Black Music" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La recente pubblicazione per la Blue Note di Yesterday I Had the Blues -The Music of Billie Holiday , torna a collocare José James in una piena cornice jazzistica. È una commemorazione della cantante e un approccio tradizionale che oggi James affronta senza paura d'apparire prigionero del passato. L'altro esempio riguarda l'album For All We Know, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life: Nihil Novi

Read "Nihil Novi" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When you wipe away all of the minutiae and technical matters involved with the recording process, there are really only two schools of thought on the subject: You either aim to capture what's literally there or you choose to produce something that's not. Everything else is semantics and dealing with variants, mixtures, and/or a balance between ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Delandria Mills

Read "Take Five with Delandria Mills" reviewed by Delandria Mills

Meet Delandria Mills:
A flutist and educator, I am a native of jny: Houston, Texas. I began playing the flute at age seven and graduated from Houston's High School for the Performing Arts. Both my Masters in Classical Flute and Graduate Performance Diploma in Jazz Studies were earned from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Don Was: The Music Is Paramount

Read "Don Was: The Music Is Paramount" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The president of the iconic Blue Note Records, the man who is stewarding the label as it marches into it's 75th anniversary year celebration, comes from the wrong side of the tracks, in a sense. He's not a gut in a suit. He came up through the trenches as a working musician. He liked jazz and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

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: INTERVIEWS

Leron Thomas: Zen-Mode Humor

Read "Leron Thomas: Zen-Mode Humor" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

The chances of four people conducting a Google search on Leron Thomas that result in all four of them to make the same conclusion about the trumpeter is low. While certain facts--like his time at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) in Houston and The New School in New York--will remain true, arguments ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...