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Coalescence: Coalescence 2

Read "Coalescence 2" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Coalescence is a suitably titled ensemble from New York City, its namesake rings true. Each member is a seasoned player in his own right, playing in various ensembles, but together they congeal and offer a coalesced sound. Their debut offering Coalescence (Self-Produced, 2013) gathered together like-minded friends. In 2018, Coalescence recorded their second album Coalescence 2 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Greg Diamond: Avenida Graham

Read "Avenida Graham" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Brooklyn-based jazz guitarist Greg Diamond issues his most culturally diverse musical mosaic on Avenida Graham reflecting a blend of jazz and the Latin sound that has been an influential part of his life. Being half Eastern European Jewish and half Colombian, Diamond long ago learned to appreciate the Latin sounds listening to the music of Hector ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

La Voz de Tres at Tempe Center for the Arts

Read "La Voz de Tres at Tempe Center for the Arts" reviewed by Patricia Myers

La Voz de Tres
Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe, Arizona
September 27, 2014

Chilean-born Natalie Bernal's vocal sound was both illuminatively angelic and deeply sensual, a transfixing contrast for the New York-based trio La Voz de Tres. Her colleagues, Mike Eckroth on piano-vocals and Jason Ennis on seven-string guitar-vocals, make ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kenny Shanker: Action City

Read "Action City" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Kenny Shanker was eight years post-graduation before recording his debut album, Steppin' Up, which took another two years to get its 2011 release on Posi-tone records. So admirers of the New York based musician could be forgiven for not expecting album number two quite so soon. But here it is, Action City: released just 17 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Warfield Big Band: Trumpet Story

Read "Trumpet Story" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Trumpeters Bill Warfield and Randy Brecker have been friends for twenty years; it's high time they joined forces in a recording studio and began making beautiful music together. On Trumpet Story, Warfield's big-band homage to trumpeters and other musicians who have influenced him through the years, six-time Grammy Award winner Brecker solos on eight of ten ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazz With Dominican Accents and Flavours Back in South Florida

In October 2012, Landestoy Enterprises presented a completely new and exiting concept from the Dominican Republic: The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest. A multicultural event that brought to Florida the best Jazz currently being made by musicians in the Dominican Republic as well as Dominicans living abroad. At this event, Miami witnessed the Jazz proposals from the ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered.

A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Greg Diamond: Conduit

Read "Conduit" reviewed by Edward Blanco

New York guitarist Greg Diamond follows up his well-received debut, Dancando Com Ale (Self Produced, 2008), with the equally impressive Conduit--a session of contemporary modern jazz infused with Latin rhythms and elements of jazz-rock fusion, funk, bebop and a touch of the blues. The music is a hodgepodge of different influences, melding nicely into one superb ...

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Josh Levinson: Chauncey Street

Read "Chauncey Street" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

In Chauncey Street Brooklyn-based trumpeter/educator, Josh Levinson and his sextet return to the tight camaraderie, inventive soloing and captivating themes that characterized the Blue Note sound of the 1950s and '60s.

That Levinson is greatly influenced by Freddie Hubbard is evident throughout, the record even containing the intricate and memorable “For Freddie." On this and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kenny Shanker: Steppin' Up

Read "Steppin' Up" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Alto Saxophonist Kenny Shanker is proof that an artist's direction isn't always reflected in their tonal personality. Shanker possesses a sleek-and-sweet tone that has served him well on dates with big name ghost band, like the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, as well as smooth-leaning pianist David Benoit, but his own music operates ...