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Jonny Mansfield: Elftet

Read "Elftet" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Even within the relatively short time span of his burgeoning career, vibraphonist and composer Jonny Mansfield has amassed an impressive array of music prizes. These include the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize from the Royal Academy of Music which made this recording possible. But far from resting on his laurels, Mansfield has been busy gigging throughout ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Five Videos of Bobby Hutcherson

Five Videos of Bobby Hutcherson

Bobby Hutcherson was one of the finest vibraphonists of the 1960s. His Blue Note albums remain an adventure into modal jazz and the African-American jazz perspective. Here are five videos of Hutcherson in action over the years. He died in 2016 [photo of Bobby Hutcherson by Francis Wolff (c) Mosaic Images] Here's the majestically stormy pianist McCoy ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA
May 25-26, 2019

Last year the festival operated under the threat of rain all weekend. This year's 42nd edition saw record-tying high temperatures: 93 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit (ten degrees above the historical averages). No doubt it is a coincidence that the programming was cooler than last ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jeff Chambers' Chosen Alternative: The Therapies of Tijuana

Read "Jeff Chambers' Chosen Alternative: The Therapies of Tijuana" reviewed by Arthur R George

Jeff Chambers, long a go-to jny: San Francisco Bay Area bassist, looked at death closely and decided it was not yet his time. In 2017 his medical chart revealed Stage IV prostate cancer, commonly and fearfully an endgame diagnosis. Prostate cancer affects African-American men with almost twice the frequency as other races, and is almost twice ...

Martin Fabricius Trio: Under The Same Sky

Read "Under The Same Sky" reviewed by Chris May

The vibraphone has come a long way—technically and aesthetically—since Lionel Hampton used it in a short, improvised introduction to Louis Armstrong's “Confessin,'" recorded with Les Hite's band in 1930. Back then, it was regarded primarily as a percussion instrument, and it is still categorized as tuned-percussion in the classical music world. Hampton was the first musician ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

John Beasley: Master of All Trades

Read "John Beasley: Master of All Trades" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In today's busy world, sometimes you just can't do it all. Apparently, John Beasley never received that memo. The pianist, composer, arranger, producer, music director, and film and TV composer is in high demand, and has an enormity of projects that would seem to belie the twenty-four hour day reality. It is perhaps the variance in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Greg Reitan: West 60th

Read "West 60th" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Greg Reitan is based in Los Angeles, a good place to take advantage of the work he has found in film and television. He has also served up four previous top-shelf jazz trio recordings, beginning with his terrific debut, Some Other Time (2009), followed up by Antibes (2010), Daybreak (2011) and Post No Bills, all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Goldberg: At the Edge of the World

Read "At the Edge of the World" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A quattro anni di distanza dall'album The Now Aaron Goldberg presenta un sorprendente piano trio, sostituendo il lungo sodalizio col contrabbassista Reuben Rogers e il batterista Eric Harland. I nuovi partner sono Matt Penman e Leon Parker e la sorpresa riguarda proprio quest'ultimo, che ritorna a incidere negli Stati Uniti dopo quasi vent'anni di assenza. Parker ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz & Soundtracks

Read "Jazz & Soundtracks" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Jazz has had a very close relationship with cinema and TV. To be perfectly frank in this relationship cinema and TV have not as generous as jazz has been towards cinema.

Jazz has been only sporadically covered by quality movies. When that has happened the quantity of stereotypies and clichés about jazz spoiled them ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Etienne Charles, Newk & More

Read "Etienne Charles, Newk & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Etienne Charles plays Baton Rouge and, to mark the occasion, we track several selections from his forthcoming release, Carnival: The Sound of a People, Vol. 1. We also continue with our Sonny Rollins chronological celebration with tracks from his collaboration with the Modern Jazz Quartet. Pois não! There's more--classics & 21st century music. Enjoy the show! ...