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Dave Pietro: New Road: Iowa Memoirs

Read "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 2011, New York City-based saxophonist Dave Pietro was invited to spend three weeks as artist-in-residence at the University of Iowa. While there, he worked with young musicians in school programs across the state. It proved to be a rewarding commission for the native New Englander who was so enheartened that he chose to recreate the ...

Edward Simon with Afinidad & Imani Winds: Sorrows & Triumphs

Read "Sorrows & Triumphs" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Edward Simon's sensitivity, eloquence, strength, and intelligence stand in full view throughout this gorgeous collection of material plucked from two different suites. “Sorrows and Triumphs," the older of the two, which draws inspiration from Simon's study of Buddhism, first surfaced in 2009. “House of Numbers," taking cues from numerology and weaving cross-cultural implications into its ...

Billy Childs: Rebirth

Read "Rebirth" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's been a while since we've heard pianist Billy Childs really dig in. While he certainly hasn't been dormant, reaching tremendous artistic heights in semi-recent times with a pair of highly refined chamber jazz explorations and a much-lauded tribute to Laura Nyro, the Childs of yore--the man that would throw down the gauntlet night after night ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Allison Adams Tucker: WANDERlust

Read "WANDERlust" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Many modern-day jazz vocalists have been known to touchdown in a few different locales over the course of an album, but few to none get their passports stamped in as many places as Allison Adams Tucker does on the aptly named WANDERlust. Tucker brings her multilingual brilliance and cultural savvy to the fore during this expertly ...

Alex Goodman: Border Crossing

Read "Border Crossing" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Border Crossing was born of guitarist Alex Goodman's careful cogitation concerning his move from Canada to New York. It's a beautifully contemplative bridge-builder of an album, bringing together musicians from both realms and connecting classically-oriented ideals, jazz language, and modern thought into a seamless whole.

In soaking in the seven tracks presented here, ...

Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings

Read "Musings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a composer / arranger who hasn't yet turned thirty can enlist the caliber of musicians who are present and accounted for on Musings, the inescapable assumption is that something special is afoot. Upon listening, that appraisal proves to be quite accurate, as young Christopher Zuar (twenty-seven when this debut album was recorded) presents seven of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Glauco Lima: Once Upon A Time

Read "Once Upon A Time" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Brazil, perhaps more than any other country, has embraced jazz, the sound of 1950s jazz or the cool school as some like to call it, and the music world has benefited from this love affair. This music has had a huge influence on the evolution of the bossa nova, and now latin jazz has cemented itself ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker Performs At The Blue Note Sunday Brunch January 17, 2016 In Connection With JazzConnect & APAP Conferences In New York

Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker Performs At The Blue Note Sunday Brunch January 17, 2016 In Connection With JazzConnect & APAP Conferences In New York

Allison Adams Tucker, the California-based multi-lingual jazz vocalist, will perform at the Blue Note Sunday Brunch in jny: New York City on January 17, 2016 for two sets at 11:30am & 1:30pm. Tucker will be previewing selections from her upcoming album WANDERlust, as well as presenting a program of Brazilian-infused jazz tunes that she sings in six different languages. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

A New Album, "Predawn Shenanigans Club" By Wataru Uchida

A New Album, "Predawn Shenanigans Club" By Wataru Uchida

Born in Japan, tenor saxophonist Wataru Uchida was compelled by the power of swing to move to New York, only to come under the spell of Latin rhythms such as samba, Baião and Maracatu that form the core of a new release entitled Predawn Shenanigans Club. A specially recruited lineup of Brazilian jazz players bring life ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Erik Charlston at Cafe Wha

Read "Erik Charlston at Cafe Wha" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Erik Charlston and JazzBrasil, a sextet from his CD Essentially Hermeto (Sunnyside) came to Café Wha for a one set offering of their music on Sunday June 28. Charlston has gained wide attention for his knowledge and performances of the music of Hermeto Pascoal. This illustrious composer/ musician/producer from Lagoa da Canoa, Alagoas, whose genius has ...