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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Judy Wexler: Crowded Heart

Read "Crowded Heart" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

"Tribute," “re-imagined," “remembered," “Great American Songbook." You won't see or hear those words anywhere on Crowded Heart, Judy Wexler's fifth and best effort to date. What you will hear are 10 sublime cuts from some of the finest composers and lyricists in the game. Here Wexler revels in songs where romance and all of its kaleidoscopic ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark de Clive-Lowe: Heritage

Read "Heritage" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

On Heritage, pianist/composer/producer Mark de Clive-Lowe sows two rhythmic seeds for every melodic plant reaped from an autobiographical crop. The half-Japanese, half-New Zealander's spiritual kinship with Japan runs deep. His blending of electronics and sampling elicits a precision that only enhances the freer passages, and provides a fitting platform for his copilots Josh Johnson (alto sax ...

Mark de Clive-Lowe: Live at the Blue Whale

Read "Live at the Blue Whale" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

This fine, four-song EP provides testimonial insight to de Clive-Lowe's influences and inspiration, through three cover songs and one extended original piece recorded at a Los Angeles club during March of last year.

Contrasting some of de Clive-Lowe's more recent beat-based techno projects this is primarily and predominately a jazz record, and quite an ...

NEWS: EVENT

Acclaimed Pianist/Composer Josh Nelson’s "Discovery Project” Featured On NPR's Jazz Night In America, Airing Nationwide Beginning February 23

Acclaimed Pianist/Composer Josh Nelson’s "Discovery Project” Featured On NPR's Jazz Night In America, Airing Nationwide Beginning February 23

Pianist Josh Nelson will be featured in NPR’s Jazz Night in America as they head to La La Land to get the real story of what it really takes to be a jazz musician in the City of Angels. Jazz Night in America is a nationally syndicated weekly radio show and a weekly concert video webcast from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Parker: The New Breed

Read "The New Breed" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There are certain artists that you know you can always count on. Whenever they are involved in something, at least it is going to be interesting and often it will be great. Guitarist Jeff Parker is one of those artists.

It has been an undivided pleasure following Parker through his many constellations, whether ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary Celebrations Continue With Uncompromising Expression Book Release

Blue Note Records anniversary celebrations are still in full swing as we head into the Fall of our 75th year. In addition to new releases from Jason Moran, Otis Brown III, Ryan Adams, and Kandace Springs coming out this Autumn — as well as the continuation of our vinyl reissue series — the label will also ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Impulse! Renaissance Universal Music Group Reactivates Legendary Impulse! Label

Impulse! Renaissance Universal Music Group Reactivates Legendary Impulse! Label

First Release From Henry Butler-Steven Bernstein And The Hot 9 “Viper’s Drag” Due Out July 15 In The U.S. Universal Music Group is reactivating the legendary jazz label impulse! with the release of Viper’s Drag, a retro-modern opus from Henry Butler-Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9 that is due out July 15 in the U.S. The new impulse!, which was ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Kennedy Center Announces The Full Schedule For Blue Note At 75

A Celebration with performances by Fabian Almazan, Brian Blade, Terence Blanchard, Lou Donaldson, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Bobby Hutcherson, Norah Jones, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Dianne Reeves, Kendrick Scott, Marlena Shaw, Wayne Shorter, Dr. Lonnie Smith, McCoy Tyner, and others Celebration to include an art challenge for young people led by ARTSEDGE ...

NEWS: RECORDING

On "Enjoy The View," Master Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson Co-Leads An All-Star Collective Ensemble

On "Enjoy The View," Master Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson Co-Leads An All-Star Collective Ensemble

ENJOY THE VIEW, COMPRISING SEVEN ORIGINALS WRITTEN BY BAND MEMBERS, MARKS HUTCHERSON’S FIRST NEW BLUE NOTE RECORD SINCE 1977 THE JUNE 24 RELEASE OF ENJOY THE VIEW, PRODUCED BY BLUE NOTE PRESIDENT DON WAS, MARKS ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT EVENT OF BLUE NOTE’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson makes his triumphant return to Blue Note Records, where the virtuoso vibraphonist started his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

International Jazz Day: Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2013

Read "International Jazz Day: Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2013" reviewed by Josef Woodard

International Jazz Day
Istanbul, Turkey
April 30, 2013
At a morning press conference opening the 10th annual Panama Jazz Festival in January, 2013, a long table was peopled by dignitaries and musical dignitaries. Festival highlight, saxophonist Wayne Shorter sat in the center (almost like Jesus in the Last Supper configuration), flanked by the ambitious and outspokenly ...