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Ross Hammond, Sameer Gupta: Upward

Read "Upward" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo aver pubblicato lo scorso anno il bellissimo Flight, album di sola chitarra acustica dove rivisitava la tradizione blues e gospel nello stile American Primitive, il chitarrista Ross Hammond si prende un'altra vacanza dall'ambiente jazzistico dove è più conosciuto con un nuovo lavoro completamente acustico. Questa volta si fa accompagnare dal percussionista di origini indiane Sameer ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Guitarist Ben Tyree: Sonic Architectures Live – Feb Residency @ Art Café (Brooklyn, NY)

Guitarist Ben Tyree: Sonic Architectures Live – Feb Residency @ Art Café (Brooklyn, NY)

NYC-based guitarist and composer Ben Tyree presents Sonic Architectures LIVE residency at Art Café in Brooklyn, NY (884-886 Pacific St. @ Underhill Ave – Prospect Heights 11238) every Tuesday evening in February 2015. The residency will allow Tyree to present new works in solo, duet and larger ensemble configurations collaborating with previous as well as new ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2014

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2014" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It's that time to wrap it up and make some choices on the top jazz releases of the year. Here are my picks for the best of 2014, in no particular order, with the exception of the first listing, pianist Paul Bley's disc, which stands out. I do love piano jazz.

Paul Bley
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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Arun Ramamurthy Trio: Jazz Carnatica

Read "Jazz Carnatica" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On his 1967 hit song “Monterey," Eric Burdon, of Eric Burdon and the Animals, sang that Ravi Shankar's music made him cry. This was part of a litany of observational praises of the artists who performed at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival: The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, the Birds, The Jefferson Airplane. And from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 28-29, 2014

Perfect weather accented this years Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, an event that had an eclectic mix of young musicians with interesting ideas and approaches, and veterans who deliver consistently.

The weather is always a factor ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Asheville Percussion Festival Announces 2014 Schedule Of Events

Asheville Percussion Festival Announces 2014 Schedule Of Events

The third annual Asheville Percussion Festival returns to Western North Carolina on June 20-22, 2014. Hosted by renowned multi-percussionist River Guerguerian and Jazz recording artist Lizz Wright, the three-day percussive arts festival will feature workshops, panels and performances led by acclaimed musicians from a variety of drumming concentrations. The event takes place in the scenic mountain town of jny: Asheville, NC – a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Nice Guy Trio: Here Comes the Nice Guy Trio

Read "Here Comes the Nice Guy Trio" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

It's obvious just from this trio's composition--trumpet, accordion, and bass--that something new is going on. It's also clear that to fully appreciate this boundary-busting CD, you must let go of your usual musical signposts. Even a taste for the wildest of free jazz won't prepare you for this music, since it's far too thoughtfully conceived and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Nice Guy Trio: Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio

Read "Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Give three imaginative artists a yearlong residency in a performance space, located in a breeding ground for creative music and the results hopefully will turn out to be something like Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio.

Canadian trumpeter Darren Johnston, now living in the Bay area of San Francisco, spent a year making music ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stefon Harris & Blackout: Urbanus

Read "Urbanus" reviewed by John Kelman

Since emerging in the late 1990s as the vibraphonist of his generation, Stefon Harris has been unfairly tagged as an overly cerebral player for Blue Note projects like the elaborate Grand Unification Theory (2003) and African Tarantella: Dances for Duke (2006). Evolution (Blue Note, 2004), Harris' first with his groove-happy Blackout band, went a long way ...