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Joey Alexander: Joey.Monk.Live!

Read "Joey.Monk.Live!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The late Thelonious Monk is most certainly the toast of the town these days. With the High Priest of Bop's centennial upon us, he's being saluted from all corners of the jazz world. Pianist John Beasley is leading the charge on the big band front with his MONK'estra, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is reflecting on the ...

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Mark Guiliana: Jersey

Read "Jersey" reviewed by Geno Thackara

With an all-encompassing style that keeps him in high demand throughout the jazz world and beyond, perhaps it's unsurprising (if unfortunate) that Mark Guiliana boasts only a handful of titles to his own name. The middle of the 2010s saw him drumming in sessions with Dave Douglas or Avishai Cohen (among others) to briefly subbing with ...

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Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: Jersey

Read "Jersey" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When it comes to the boundary-stretching spirit that has become so widespread among many of today's leading jazz musicians, drummer Mark Guiliana deserves credit for being one of the most enthusiastic embodiments of this attitude. He has a longstanding passion for electronic music, as heard especially on the releases on his own Beat Music label (2014's ...

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Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: Jersey

Read "Jersey" reviewed by Vic Albani

Ho conosciuto Mark Guiliana una decina di anni fa in un ristorante di Parigi al tempo di una delle sue prime tante collaborazioni con Dhafer Youssef e (in quel caso) con Tigran Hamasyan. A parte l'ininfluente curiosità ovviamente “italiana" di quello strano cognome che sembrava frutto di un classico errore di trascrizione dell'ufficio anagrafe di Floram ...

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Kneebody: Anti-Hero

Read "Anti-Hero" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Several questions came to mind when listening (repeatedly) to Kneebody's latest offering, Anti-Hero.

1. “Why does this feel important?"

Easy one. Anti-Hero is by far the strongest effort yet from arguably the most original collective to strafe the jazz world in recent history. All the pheromones that make Kneebody so attractive have ...

Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul

Read "Music From Our Soul" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Charnett Moffett is one of those figures that we tend to take for granted, mostly because it seems like he's simply always been here. The once-upon-a-time child prodigy has been omnipresent on the scene since the mid '80s, holding down the low end for jazz's elite while bringing strength, consistency, and creativity to the fore ...

Hudson - DeJohnette Grenadier Medeski Scofield: Hudson

Read "Hudson" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Rightly vaunted as a 'supergroup,' specifically in the Tony Williams Lifetime mold, this eponymously titled band really does qualify as a super quartet, so much so that any background information on these four protagonists would seem superfluous. However it should be noted that John Scofield and John Medeski have teamed-up on occasion with Medeski, Martin & ...

Hudson: Hudson

Read "Hudson" reviewed by Doug Collette

It should come as no surprise that the 'super-group' Hudson have a sound so distinct it defies easy categorization. Percussionist Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield are four individuals sharing an inclination for adventure tempered with a wealth of experience that imparts no small amount of humility to this collaborative ...

Gerald Clayton: Tributary Tales

Read "Tributary Tales" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

"Se devi chiedere cos'è il jazz, non otterrai mai la risposta." Parole di chi la sapeva lunga in materia, ovvero Louis Armstrong. Parole che, pur con la loro aura di paradosso, racchiudono una verità, stante l'affascinante capacità del jazz di inglobare una pluralità d'influenze, stati d'animo, colori, suoni, da renderne difficile un'esatta definizione.

È ...

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Kneebody: Anti-Hero

Read "Anti-Hero" reviewed by Vic Albani

Bene. Facciamo il punto. Sono anni che sostengo a piena voce come i Kneebody siano una delle vere, grandi realtà della musica moderna.

Dunque persino ovvio che, nel mondo di oggi capace di fagocitare tutto con estrema leggerezza e ambiguità, il quintetto americano passi nel fiume galleggiando come tutto il resto. Ci sono ...


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