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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

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2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Pat Martino: In the Moment

Read "Pat Martino: In the Moment" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Legendary guitarist Pat Martino is devoted to living in the Here and Now! -coincidentally the title of his autobiography (DaCapo, 2011). Taking each moment as it is and adding full measures of love and spirituality, Martino is now well into his sixth decade as one of the most revered and sought after jazz musicians on the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bjorn Meyer: Provenance

Read "Provenance" reviewed by Geno Thackara

From the fact that his best-known role consisted of a decade in Nik Bartsch's Ronin (not to ignore his other style-bending collaborations either), it's already clear that Bjorn Meyer isn't interested in what a bass or bassist is normally supposed to do. In keeping with that attitude, his solo debut puts his low-end string work to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Audio Fidelity To Release Guitar Innovator Michael Hedges "Aerial Boundries" On Limited Edition 180gm Vinyl

Audio Fidelity To Release Guitar Innovator Michael Hedges "Aerial Boundries" On Limited Edition 180gm Vinyl

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing guitar innovator Michael Hedges critically acclaimed album Aerial Boundaries on limited edition 180gm vinyl! Aerial Boundaries is unquestionably one of the most groundbreaking albums in acoustic guitar history. This is the record that presented Michael Hedges to the world as the ultimate acoustic guitar visionary, stretching the limits of the instrument ...

Ozella Music: Nordic Beauty and Beyond

Read "Ozella Music: Nordic Beauty and Beyond" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is always tempting to explain one story in the light of another, and in the case of guitarist and composer Dagobert Böhm's Ozella Music label, it is inevitable to be reminded of Windham Hill, the record company started by the guitarist William Ackerman in 1976. Like Windham Hill, Ozella started out as one-man project run ...

Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations

Read "Thoughtform Variations" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In stark contrast to the psychedelic funk rock of re: Vision (2010, Sonic Architectures), Brooklyn-based guitarist Ben Tyree eschews pyrotechnic effects and performs literally naked on his solo acoustic debut, Thoughtform Variations, showing enough imagination and finger-picking stylizations to satisfy both six-string enthusiasts and casual listeners.

These original pieces were conceived eight years ...

Ewan Dobson: Ewan Dobson III

Read "Ewan  Dobson III" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Guitarist Ewan Dobson did not so much emerge from the house that Leo Kottke, John Fahey and Peter Lang built as construct his own wing and take command of it. Somewhere in that house, close to the Dobson wing, the spirit of Michael Hedges lurks, speaking from his portrait, encouraging the walls to be more percussive ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sean McGowan: Sphere

Read "Sphere" reviewed by David Rickert

Those who seek to create a tribute album of Thelonious Monk music face one big obstacle: how do you capture Monk's idiosyncratic style without sounding like a pale imitation? You could just record cover versions of his songs and leave it at that, but the end result wouldn't really capture the pianist's oddball genius, so what ...

Antoine Dufour: Sound Pictures

Read "Sound Pictures" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Superhuman acoustic guitar playing was de rigueur for the New Age music of the 1980s and '90s, though personality often suffered at the expense of technical ability. Only a few artists:, such as Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges were able to float as cream to the top of a pile of wannabes, all who could play ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Anil Prasad: Inner Views, Borderless Perspectives

Read "Anil Prasad: Inner Views, Borderless Perspectives" reviewed by Joe Lang

He may not be a household name and you likely won't hear him mentioned in music journalism classes alongside Robert Christgau, Lester Bangs and Anthony DeCurtis. But for those familiar with his work, Anil Prasad is considered among the most knowledgeable, provocative and forward-thinking music journalists in the world today.

In 1994, Prasad ...