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C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017

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The landscape is constantly changing when it comes to the viability of jazz recordings in our world of free downloads and pervasive internet exposure. Add to that a propensity these days for media to tout anything that is a bit off-center and right wing as the next greatest thing. Much of what passes for jazz these ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Meeting of the Spirits: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at the Michigan Theater

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Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip + John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension
Meeting of the Spirits Tour
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 15, 2017

When it comes to virtuosi, guitarist John McLaughlin ranks high in the jazz fusion world. Having the early fortune to connect with legendary drummer ...

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Crosscurrents at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor

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Crosscurrents with Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Company
The Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 1, 2017

When it comes to forward-thinking performances and music of the finest lineage, few concert series can rival those presented by the University Musical Society. In tandem with the University of Michigan, UMS recently launched ...

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Kurrent Duo at The Bop Stop

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Kurrent Duo with Brian Charette and Jordan Young
The Bop Stop
Cleveland, Ohio
October 26, 2017

Taking the tried and true organ trio format and turning it on its side, Brian Charette's latest self-produced release is a mind-bending mélange of colors that is certainly one of the best recordings of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Charette Circuit Bent Organ Trio: Kurrent

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A mainstay of the New York scene since the '90s, organist Brian Charette has a worldly view on music that makes it hard to contain all his pent up musical energies in a conventional way. This partly explains why his recent spate of records for the Posi-Tone label seemed to satisfy while still leaving one with ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Passion, Grace and Fire

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Although they are primarily known for their gold CD reissue program and multi-channel SACDs, the Audio Fidelity firm has recently plunged into the vinyl market with a small number of titles. These limited edition 180 gram pressings are remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and packaged in glossy gatefold covers. Tapping into some music not ...

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Bob Niederriter Trio At The Bop Stop

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Bob Niederriter Trio featuring Tony Monaco
The Bop Stop
Cleveland, Ohio
September 29, 2017

Booking live jazz on a nightly basis anywhere other than jny: New York City is a risky proposition to be sure. Just ask former Cleveland club owners Ron Busch and Anita Nonneman about this and surely they ...

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 1-4, 2017

Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have ...

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Donald Fagen and The Nighflyers at Hard Rock Live Cleveland

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Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers
Hard Rock Live at the Rocksino
Cleveland, Ohio
August 25, 2017

Fans of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen residing in Northeast Ohio have been fortunate over the past decade or more to see their locale be a regular stop on the live tour schedule. In addition ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Hard Boppin' at Smalls

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Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a remarkably vibrant music venue that enjoys considerable international renown. It is not the most mannered of clubs with loud and boisterous audiences. Nor is it the most decorous, but does offer a rather distinctive look. The club has a great vibe and is committed to treating its audience ...