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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Francisco Mela: Ancestros

Read "Ancestros" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

One of the many fine musicians coming out of Cuba, Francisco Mela is an accomplished drummer/percussionist and composer. On Ancestros, his debut on the vinyl-only subscription label Newvelle, he has contributed seven original compositions to a collection that includes covers from Andrew Hill and Paul Motian. The album name--and its title track--are appropriated from Mela's prior ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Schneiderman: Tone Twister

Read "Tone Twister" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Pianist and composer Rob Schneiderman has returned after a hiatus of over a decade, released in September on Tone Twister, we find him leading a swinging quintet. The lineup is; tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, bassist Gerald Cannon, drummer Pete Van Nostrand, and trumpeter Brian Lynch, who produced the album. The album consists of eight original Schneiderman ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES
NEWS: EVENT

Cuban Drummer Francisco Mela Returns To New York's Cornelia Street Café To Lead The Crash + One

Cuban Drummer Francisco Mela Returns To New York's Cornelia Street Café To Lead The Crash + One

Cuban drummer Francisco Mela (Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, Chucho Valdés) will return to Greenwich Village's Cornelia Street Café to lead his ensemble, The Crash Trio + One, for a one-night performance on May 20, 2017. Joining him that evening will be Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Leo Genovese (piano), and Gerald Cannon (bass). 2017 has been a busy year for Mela ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Drummer Francisco Mela To Lead The Crash Trio + One At Upcoming Performance At Cornelia Street Café On February 24

Drummer Francisco Mela To Lead The Crash Trio + One At Upcoming Performance At Cornelia Street Café On February 24

On February 24, 2017, Cuban drummer Francisco Mela (Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, Chucho Valdés) will lead his ensemble, The Crash Trio + One, for a one-night performance at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City. The show will feature Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Leo Genovese (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), alongside Mela on drums. Mela’s upcoming performance follows ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Slagle: Alto Manhattan

Read "Alto Manhattan" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Alto Manhattan is Latino for the New York City neighborhood “upper Manhattan" (or “the heights"). It's also where veteran alto saxophonist/flutist Steve Slagle lives, making for a nice bit of wordplay in the album title. This is a well-balanced program, with just a bit more Latin tinge than average. “Family" launches the set with Latin-flavored hard ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Francisco Mela & The Crash Trio: Fe

Read "Fe" reviewed by James Nadal

Since departing Cuba to study at Berklee in 2000, drummer Francisco Mela has been on a meteoric trajectory throughout the jazz dominion. In 2005 he joined the Joe Lovano Quartet, and in 2009 the McCoy Tyner Trio, all the while releasing three critically acclaimed albums as leader. Fe is his first venture with The Crash Trio, ...

The Stryker/Slagle Band Expanded: Routes

Read "Routes" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle met the night Stryker auditioned for organist Jack McDuff when he first moved to New York, and they have co-led the Stryker/Slagle Band since 2003. Until now the group has always been a quartet (with occasional guests), but with the addition of keyboards and three horns it is definitely ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nicholas Payton Trio at Dazzle

Read "Nicholas Payton Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Nicholas Payton Trio
Dazzle
Denver, CO
March 5, 2016

Payton or Peyton? Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. They're both from jny: New Orleans. Both Payton and Peyton are in the entertainment business. They've both recently wrapped up brief stays in jny: Denver. And they are (or in the case ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Russell Malone: Guitar Master

Read "Russell Malone: Guitar Master" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"People make too big of a deal about being self taught. Because nobody is completely self taught," ruminates Russell Malone, one of the best loved jazz guitarists by both fans and critics. His sound is full and rich; his fingers fleet,the ideas springing from his head to his hands with speed and dexterity. But the origins ...