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The Rarest of Ivories: Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes

Read "The Rarest of Ivories: Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes" reviewed by Doug Collette

One of jazz music's most durable and venerated instrumental formats, the piano-led ensemble, trio and otherwise, has proven flexible beyond its surface simplicity, particularly in the hands of ingenious musicians like Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes. Such composers/players, along with their esteemed accompanists, have optimal opportunity to bring their intrinsic creativity to ...

Kenny Barron: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hard to believe that, as Kenny Barron turns 75, Concentric Circles is his Blue Note debut, one that is as muscular, fleet, and entertaining as any debut by any man two-thirds his age.

Trust Barron's deeply-versed quintet to swing like a big band plus, and “DPW" leaps out at you with a jumping, bop ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hiromi: Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal

Read "Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Here's a good rule of thumb to consider when reviewing a jazz record and by that, I mean any jazz record. Jazz music is live music so if it sounds good in the studio will it sound even better on the stage? In other words, if you're willing to pay $50 for a ticket, you're probably ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Mike Stern: Half Crazy

Read "Mike Stern: Half Crazy" reviewed by Jim Worsley

SoCal Jazz is back from safari to the auspicious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. A follow-up with guitarist Mike Stern was the primary itinerary for this trip. Trip is the name of Stern's new record, just in case you missed the play on words. Unfortunately, Stern had a trip of another kind in 2016. How ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Guarna: The Wishing Stones

Read "The Wishing Stones" reviewed by John Kelman

An unfortunate reality for too many musicians--even those who are well-known--is that most of their audiences are aware of but a portion of their true work...their fullest capabilities. Recordings only tell part of the story, since artists often tour with groups that are never documented. And even those tours, for those fortunate enough to experience them, ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Legendary Drummer Lenny White Launches New Venture: IYOUWE

Legendary Drummer Lenny White Launches New Venture: IYOUWE

With projects featuring: Joel Levine & Pete Levin IYOUWE is a musical collective created by Lenny White to promote real music in an ever-changing cultural terrain. The collective includes musicians, singers, poets, and rappers. Although many styles of music are embraced by this group, artists at IYOUWE are responding to the urgent need for a culture that ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Just Announced! The Dean Brown Band ROLAJAFUFU Fall Tour 2017

Just Announced! The Dean Brown Band ROLAJAFUFU Fall Tour 2017

TOUR DATES Nov 02: Bemowskie Centrum Kultury Warsaw, Poland
Nov 03: Jazz w muzeum Festival Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland
Nov 04: Vier Peh Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 05: Ronnie Scott’s London, United Kingdom
Nov 07: Master Class. University of Music Mannheim Mannheim, Germany
Nov 08 New Morning Paris, France ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Recorder - An Ancient Instrument With An Exciting New Sound! Joel Levine Releases "The Whistleblower" on September 25, 2017

The Recorder - An Ancient Instrument With An Exciting New Sound!  Joel Levine Releases "The Whistleblower" on September 25, 2017

From Originals to George Duke to Handel- Levine Debuts On New Lenny White Label Composer Joel Levine speaks a unique voice with the recorder with his debut release The Whistleblower on the Iyouwe label. The 13 song disc, Levine's first as a solo artist, finds the jny: Toronto based recordist joined by singers and instrumentalists including ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring

Read "John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Nearly five decades have passed since John McLaughlin set foot in America as a relatively unknown musician to join the fusion band Lifetime, with the great drummer Tony Williams and equally great organist Larry Young. Two days later he was in the studio with Miles Davis recording In a Silent Way. The breadth and scope of ...

Mike Stern: Trip

Read "Trip" reviewed by James Nadal

Having established himself as an imaginative technical wizard in the forefront of the fusion movement during the 1980's, guitarist Mike Stern has left an indelible mark on the way the instrument is utilized in the jazz idiom. But there would be an unforeseen event that would test his physical and emotional will to overcome adversity. In ...