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Love Songs for August

Read "Love Songs for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

"What fresh Hell is this?" We begin with songs by Dorothy Parker, who, though best known for her sharp wisecracks, turned out several luscious standards in her day. In the second hour, we salute the great Count Basie then usher in the Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration; plus there is a bumper crop of new releases to ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Geno Thackara

My second year playing in the All About Jazz sandbox has been even more packed with great times and great musical discoveries than the first. I had the pleasure of reviewing plenty of terrific recordings just as strong or highly-rated as those on this list, not to mention some superb live shows, but these were the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue

Read "Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue" reviewed by Geno Thackara

How many collections of standards does the jazz world really need? The answer, of course, is that there's always room for more as long as the players and listeners can find something relevant and fresh. Every piece on offer in this batch has been around for several decades at least, but these old things never fail ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hilary Gardner/Ehud Asherie: The Late Set

Read "The Late Set" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you're looking for the definition of a class act, look no more. This is most certainly it. With The Late Set, kindred spirits Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie make us simultaneously pine for an era long gone and appreciate what's right in front of us.

If you've followed either one of these ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie at Caffè Vivaldi

Read "Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie at Caffè Vivaldi" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie
Caffè Vivaldi
New York, NY
October 1, 2016

Visitors, curious natives, and jazz neophytes will often ask the same question when they come looking for the music in New York: Where's the best place to see and hear jazz? The answer, of course, is not ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

NYC Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 13-17, 2016

If you make the rounds in New York City on any night of the week, during any week of the year, there's always an abundance of quality jazz to hear. But when NYC Winter Jazzfest takes hold, the cup truly runneth over. This massive ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 27-28, 2015

While jazz is closely associated with horns (even though there are few instruments now employed at some point across the genre) it was a couple of guitar slingers that helped light up the skies at Freihofer's ...

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band: Certain Relationships

Read "Certain Relationships" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band continues to spread sunshine and happiness on Certain Relationships, an album recorded in three sessions spanning the half-dozen years between 2005-2011. Of the fifteen selections, nine are vocals --by Pete McGuinness, Hilary Gardner, Andrea Wolper, Mary Foster Conklin or Dominique Eade. In Lillard's optimistic eyes, even the blues are gladsome ...

Charles Ruggiero: Boom Bang, Boom Bang!

Read "Boom Bang, Boom Bang!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Though jazz drummer Charles Ruggiero has made many recordings as a sideman over the last twenty-five years, he makes his long-awaited debut with Boom Bang, Boom Bang!, paying a tribute of sorts to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, two of his favorite jazz artists. Growing up with the sounds of the flute and the Fender Rhodes, ...