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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bakery Presents Jeremy Pelt And Peter Bernstein on December 2nd and December 3rd

Jazz Bakery Presents Jeremy Pelt And Peter Bernstein on December 2nd and December 3rd

The Jazz Bakery presents a weekend of cutting edge jazz with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's Make Noise Quintet on December 2nd, and guitarist Peter Bernstein's Mostly Monk Quartet on December 3rd. On Saturday December 2nd, Jeremy Pelt's Make Noise Quintet with pianist Victor Gould, bassist Richie Goods, Jonathan Barber on drums and Jacquelene Acevedo on percussion, will perform ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows

Read "Oceans of Vows" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Un lavoro singolare e affascinante. Grazie a un finanziamento della Shifting Foundation Alex Cline ha scritto e registrato un'ambiziosa suite, che si presenta in un doppio compact di raffinata eleganza. Due ore di musica ispirate all'Avatamsaka Sutra (in inglese Flower Garland Sutra), uno dei massimi testi della tradizione buddhista e a versi del monaco vietnamita Thich ...

NEWS: RECORDING

From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, Jazz Vocalist Sylvia Brooks Reveals a Vivid Array of New Emotional Hues on her Gorgeous Third Album, "The Arrangement"

From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, Jazz Vocalist Sylvia Brooks Reveals a Vivid Array of New Emotional Hues on her Gorgeous Third Album, "The Arrangement"

With her first two critically acclaimed albums, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks introduced a sensuous jazz-noir sound redolent of femme fatales and tough guys, crooked deals and deep-shadowed urban nightscapes. But no great artist wants to be typecast, and with her third album, The Arrangement, she steps out of the mist and fog into the sunlight, where ...

Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows

Read "Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite being a key participant in the “Left Coast" scene of more avant-leaning music from the American west coast--in particular, part of the Cryptogramophone imprint that, while less active than in its “glory days" during the first years of the new millennium--Alex Cline releases so infrequently as a leader that any new music from the percussionist/composer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nels Cline: Lovers

Read "Lovers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

No one can accuse guitarist Nels Cline of being predictable. He has recorded with his avant-garde trio the Nels Cline Singers most consistently (with bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola), but also led larger groups, such as the one on New Monastery (Cryptogramophone, 2006). More recently there was his duet with guitarist Julian Lage on ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Angel City Jazz Festival Kicks Off 2 Weeks Of Music

Angel City Jazz Festival Kicks Off 2 Weeks Of Music

This weekend the 7th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival opens in jny: Los Angeles. Rocco Somazzi founded the festival in order to present non-commercial jazz to an LA audience which had scant exposure to music from the more adventurous end of the jazz spectrum. Back in 2008, 13 different bands, highlighted by the inimitable alto saxophonist, Arthur Blythe, performed on ...

Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2

Read "Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2" reviewed by John Kelman

In retrospect, it was inevitable; why it took so long for veteran jazz jam band Medeski, Martin & Wood to get together with Nels Cline is anybody's guess. The über-guitarist has, since joining Wilco a decade ago, managed to significantly raise his visibility, but anybody who suggests that he's been “moonlighting" in the alt-country/alt-rock/alt-alt band to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low

Read "So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Azar Lawrence Quartet
RG Club
Venice, CA
January-September 2013

2013, already slipping deep into the fog of forgetfulness, had its share of memorable jazz moments here in Southern California. And while, according to the Western, as well as the Chinese calender ( Happy Year of the Horse!), this review and these ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Samo Salamon: Stretching Out

Read "Stretching Out" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Cosmopolitan is a term that is often used to describe musicians, but in the case of Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon, it is certainly a description that fits.

Salamon has turned the restless nature of the travelling musician into an aesthetic strategy and has worked with two different quartets that represent his different musical ...