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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

New York Standards Quartet: Heaven Steps To Seven

Read "Heaven Steps To Seven" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The three constant principals in this remarkable quartet are joined for this album by NY-resident Ugonna Okegwo on double bass. The quartet has been in existence for over a decade now and their first album was recorded in 2007 and released in 2008. The punningly titled Heaven Steps To Seven is the quartet's seventh album to ...

Adi Meyerson: Where We Stand

Read "Where We Stand" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Adi Meyerson is a young bassist and composer living in New York City. She shows a healthy respect for jazz tradition on her debut CD but also shows the ability to play around with more open-ended musical forms.

Most of the tracks have the feel of a hard-blowing '60s jazz combo with Joel Frahm's ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

Read "Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms" reviewed by Jim Worsley

So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more.

From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear ...

Theo Hill: Promethean

Read "Promethean" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Promethean captures Theo Hill at a significant juncture in his development. The record is ample evidence that the thirty-something New York City-based artist is rapidly securing a place in the crowded field of noteworthy contemporary jazz pianists. On the one hand--particularly during medium and up-tempo cuts such as “This Here," “Hey, It's Me You're Talking To," ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Eri Yamamoto: The Poet’s Touch

Read "Eri Yamamoto: The Poet’s Touch" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the many places to go if you want to listen to jazz in New York is Arthur's Tavern. The special thing about that place is not that it is a jazz bar, but the fact that the same piano trio has played there for nearly 20 years. The name of the trio is Eri ...

ARTICLE: IN THE STUDIO

Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 2

Read "Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 2" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Rehearsal | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Day 2 commences with only Nick, Leonieke, Givens, and Gillespie inside of Studio A. The instruments and mics in the live room and isolation booth are still intact from yesterday's session. While everyone sits in the control room, Nick asks Gillespie to playback “Please ...

Miles Ahead Soundtrack / Live in Tokyo 1975

Read "Miles Ahead Soundtrack / Live in Tokyo 1975" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Miles Davis / Various Artists
Miles Ahead (motion picture soundtrack)
Sony Legacy
2016

It's hard to imagine why the world would ever need yet another Miles Davis compilation. We're talking about a catalogue big enough to fill its own library and eclectic enough to give you whiplash for the ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: SFJAZZ Collective plays Michael Jackson

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: SFJAZZ Collective plays Michael Jackson

Today, let's check out some videos of the SFJAZZ Collective, who are coming to St. Louis to perform Wednesday, March 30 through Saturday, April 2 at Jazz at the Bistro. Formed in 2004 as a project of the San Francisco not-for-profit presenting organization SFJAZZ, the Collective is an eight- piece, all-star band with an ever-evolving lineup of musicians ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

The Phil Woods Six: Live from the Showboat

Read "The Phil Woods Six: Live from the Showboat" reviewed by John Kelman

The Phil Woods Six
Live from the Showboat
Sony Music Japan
2015 (1977)

With the sad passing of Phil Woods on September 29, 2015, what better way to honor the career of this alto (and occasionally soprano) saxophone giant with the Rediscovery of a live album that, long out of print--and previously only available ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits

Read "Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits" reviewed by K. Shackelford

Kris Bowers is a pristine example of what the term prodigy embodies. In 2011, at the tender age of 22, he became the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Bowers also received an astute musical education at Julliard School of Music in New York--receiving a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Film ...