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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richard Sears: Altadena

Read "Altadena" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

It is inspiration which fuels Brooklyn-based pianist Richard Sears's Altadena, a five part suite commissioned in 2013 by the Los Angeles Jazz Society featuring the legendary drummer Albert “Tootie" Heath. The professional linking between Heath, who first recorded with John Coltrane in 1957 and Sears, a rising young talent, began after the two met and exchanged ...

NEWS: RECORDING

CDs of Note – Short Takes

CDs of Note – Short Takes

Tis the season for jazz tribute recordings. Taking a look at CD projects honoring the musical legacies of Jackie McLean, Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson, Dinah Washington, Grover Washington Jr. and Attila Zoller... Various Artists
Message to Attila: The Music of Attila Zoller
(Enja) The late Attila Zoller was an important but somewhat obscure link ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jacknife: The Music Of Jackie McLean

Read "The Music Of Jackie McLean" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you ask any well-informed jazz fans and performers about the legacy of Jackie McLean, you're likely to be met with a response that focuses on one or two specific areas: his work as a mentor-educator and/or his playing on a number of classic Blue Note dates from the '60s. But how many will mention the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"The Music Of Jackie McLean," New CD By Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & His Band Jacknife, To Be Released April 22

"The Music Of Jackie McLean," New CD By Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & His Band Jacknife, To Be Released April 22

For the last year and a half, jny: San Francisco Bay Area woodwind expert Steven Lugerner has been digging into the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with Jacknife, Lugerner’s hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. The group has completed work on an album, The Music of Jackie McLean, slated for release on April 22 by Primary ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & Jacknife To Preview Spring 2016 CD "The Music Of Jackie McLean" With November West Coast Tour Dates

Saxophonist Steven Lugerner & Jacknife To Preview Spring 2016 CD "The Music Of Jackie McLean" With November West Coast Tour Dates

San Francisco Bay Area woodwind expert Steven Lugerner continues his explorations of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with Jacknife, a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet that Lugerner premiered earlier this year. The group has completed work on an album, The Music of Jackie McLean, slated for release on April 22, 2016, and will be ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Woodwind Expert Steven Lugerner Announces Digital Single With Fred Hersch; West Coast Dates; Upcoming CD By Jacknife

Woodwind Expert Steven Lugerner Announces Digital Single With Fred Hersch; West Coast Dates; Upcoming CD By Jacknife

The greatest improvisers keep an eye open for stimulating new musical settings. San Francisco Bay Area woodwind expert Steven Lugerner, a rising star with a bevy of exceptional albums, has proven adept at creating situations that take jazz’s foremost masters into unexpected realms. His latest album, the digital-only release Gravitations Vol. II, is a gorgeous duo ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Steven Lugerner: Jericho and San Francisco

Read "Steven Lugerner: Jericho and San Francisco" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Eric Dolphy once mused, “When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone, in the air. You can never capture it again." Luckily for fellow multi-reedist Steve Lugerner, that's a piece of wisdom that the Bay Area musician did not take at face value. For his release, For We Have Heard, Lugerner devised a means of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steven Lugerner: For We Have Heard

Read "For We Have Heard" reviewed by John Sharpe

In something of a departure for the Lithuanian No Business label, young San Francisco-born, NYC-based reedman Steven Lugerner presents a LP of his thoughtfully arranged charts. To breathe life into the notation, Lugerner has assembled a talented crew, which he carefully deploys in varying combinations across the ten cuts. Not only that but he also overdubs ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steven Lugerner: For We Have Heard

Read "For We Have Heard" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Multi-woodwind expert Steve Lugerner's solo outing for this Lithuania-based progressive/avant-jazz record label enters the market as a limited edition of only 500 LPs. Get them while they last, as some would say. And it's a very distinctive performance, duly capturing the earthy attributes of this all-star lineup's contrasting song forms and extraordinary synergy, clocking in at ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dave Sumner's Best Releases/Downloads of 2011

Read "Dave Sumner's Best Releases/Downloads of 2011" reviewed by Dave Sumner

It's never easy compiling best of lists, but here are twelve albums for which my enthusiasm hasn't ebbed during the course of the year. A free download is available for each of them, except for the Avital (which I'm in the process of obtaining) and the Haarla (which I'll never get). Enjoy! Tunnel Six Lake Superior ...