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Basic Beauty: Arthur Blythe on Columbia

Read "Basic Beauty: Arthur Blythe on Columbia" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Back in 2016, BGO Records started reissuing the complete works of alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe (1940-2017) on Columbia. The first volume containing Lenox Avenue Breakdown (1979), In the Tradition (1980), Illusions and Blythe Spirit (1981) has already been reviewed on AAJ. The following two volumes complete the project of putting an important body of work from ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. Clarence Penn & Penn Station, a New York ensemble that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura, will headline the festival's Mainstage Concert. Swedish trumpeter Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the ...

Craig Brann: Lineage

Read "Lineage" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The cream always rises to the top. That might sound like a trite statement (and one definitely not applicable to pop music), but is one that consistently holds true in jazz. So it follows that guitarist Craig Brann, in a discipline in which one cannot fake it to make it, would then be the crème de ...

Fred Hersch: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Fred Hersch has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since the 1970s. By now a legendary international figure, Hersch has over the years compiled a powerful and diverse discography that includes everything from jazz standards to original compositions, a mostly solo album of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, an original composition, Leaves ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

State and Mainstream: The Jazz Ambassadors and the U.S. State Department

Read "State and Mainstream: The Jazz Ambassadors and the U.S. State Department" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Cold War that began in 1947 and ran for forty-four years, had jazz music as its primary deterrent to global tensions, and it did more to foster good will between the U.S. and global citizens than any previous program launched by the U.S. Department of State. Jazz music, even in its Golden Age, was seldom ...

Wadada Leo Smith: Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk

Read "Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Omaggiare la figura e la musica di Thelonious Monk è sempre una sfida ardua da superare per qualsiasi musicista. Se poi la si affronta in solitaria e nemmeno al pianoforte bensì alla tromba, ardua lo diventa ancora di più. Ma è lo stesso Wadada Leo Smith che ci rassicura. “La maggior parte delle persone -afferma nelle ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center

Read "Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea
The Music of Thelonious Monk
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
April 8, 2018

In the words of Robin Kelley, Thelonious Monk's definitive biographer, Monk was “An ...

Matthew Shipp: Zero

Read "Zero" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There has always been a connection between Thelonious Monk and Matthew Shipp, just not in the music they play. Monk, a student of Harlem stride piano, was present at the birth of bebop. Shipp, born in 1960, has always been associated with the avant-garde, free jazz and improvisation. The connection between the two pianists is their ...

Helen Sung: Celebrating Monk

Read "Helen Sung: Celebrating Monk" reviewed by Jim Trageser

The first weekend in April will see the opening of a monthlong, three-venue celebration of Thelonious Monk at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the third installment of their annual Monk festival.

It all starts Thursday evening (April 5) with Chick Corea sitting in for three nights with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton ...

Alberto Pinton Quartet: Live in Japan

Read "Live in Japan" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You never really recognize a musician or ensemble until you hear them live. In the studio, artists have the luxury of multiple takes and edits to fine-tune their sound. Live in concert, the trade-off for the lack of second takes, is the musicians' ability to feed off of the energies of the audience. Their true identities ...