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Gene Jackson Trio Nu Yorx: Power Of Love

Read "Power Of Love" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Philadelphia in 1961, Gene Jackson had already determined by his late teens to become a professional drummer. He attended Berklee College of Music where his classmates numbered Branford Marsalis, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jeff “Tain" Watts to name just a few. He's worked with many major players in jazz including Dave Holland, ...

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10th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn’s Urban Meadow, June 11 & 18 From 1-6 PM

10th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn’s Urban Meadow, June 11 & 18 From 1-6 PM

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” —Nate Chinen, New York ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Craig Hartley: Books On Tape, Vol. 2 - Standard Edition

Read "Books On Tape, Vol. 2 - Standard Edition" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Craig Hartley's debut--Books On Tape, Vol. 1 (Self Produced, 2013)--focused on autobiographically-based originals, with only a single cover in the mix. Now, for the sequel, Hartley flips the script.

Books On Tape, Vol. II-Standard Edition is all about the covers, with only one Hartley-penned number on the program. Everybody from Duke Ellington ...

Enrique Haneine: Instants Of Time

Read "Instants Of Time" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

New York based multi-instrumentalist Enrique Haneine dazzled the music world with superb pianism on the 2005 collaborative release At the End of the Day (Foxhaven, 2005). Ten years later, he leads his sextet on the gripping and spirited Instants Of Time this time from the drummer seat.

Haneine is a native of Mexico of ...

Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative

Read "Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

In the pantheon of American music, jazz is especially noted for its rapid and drastic evolution. Considering that jazz evolved from big bands and swing, to bebop, to free jazz within thirty years, it is a history marked by distinct stylistic eras. For some time, the trajectory and potential development of jazz has been in question. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rob Derke & the NYJAZZ Quartet: Blue Divide

Read "Blue Divide" reviewed by J Hunter

The name “NYJAZZ Quartet" does beg the question, “What is New York Jazz?" Even narrowing the definition to “home grown" music doesn't help, since that range runs from the mainstream sounds of Birdland and the Blue Note to the next-level avant-garde associated with Smalls and the late lamented Knitting Factory. With Blue Divide, saxman Rob Derke ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rob Derke & The NYJAZZ Quartet: Blue Divide

Read "Blue Divide" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Rob Derke--the man behind the jazz-promoting nonprofit known as the NYJAZZ Initiative--significantly widened his reach with Mad About Thad (Jazzheads, 2011). That album, a finely sculpted tribute to the great trumpeter-composer Thad Jones, helped to shine a light on Derke's organization and brought more deserved attention to the music of a dearly departed legend. Now, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Craig Hartley: Books On Tape, Vol. 1

Read "Books On Tape, Vol. 1" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The work of any artist is typically the summation of their life experiences to a certain point, but many aren't aware of how or when these experiences seep(ed) into their art; pianist Craig Hartley just happens to have great awareness and a more confessional approach than most, as he lets specific occurrences, influences, events and individuals ...

Carlo De Rosa's Cross-Fade: Brain Dance

Read "Brain Dance" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The energy of bassist Carlo De Rosa's Brain Dance is palpable. Musically, it is a close equivalent of an elastic band held extremely taut and then twanged continuously until the kinetic energy continues to do what the fingers once did. However, De Rosa's fingers continue to do what invisible fingers once did to the music as ...

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Havana Plaza Jazz Festival 2011: US Interests Section Jazz Party

Read "Havana Plaza Jazz Festival 2011: US Interests Section Jazz Party" reviewed by Louis Heckheimer

27th Havana Plaza Jazz Festival
Havana, Cuba
December 15-18, 2011
[Note: The Havana Plaza Jazz Festival took place in Havana, Cuba from December 15th through the 18th, 2011. This is the first of a series of articles reporting on concerts and other activities that took place as well as profiles of Cuban musicians that ...