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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle

Read "Magic Circle" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intimate, innovative and captivating Magic Circle is an album of duets between soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. Although they perform primarily standards their interpretations are anything but conventional. Both musicians are known for their individual styles and singular approaches to improvisation and they showcase these superbly on the current disc.

Pianist and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The U.S. Army Blues: Swinging In The Holidays

Read "Swinging In The Holidays" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Many a Christmas album plays the role of aural security blanket, serving up gently nostalgic sentiments to soothe the common man. This isn't one of them. The U.S. Army Blues--the big band outgrowth/offshoot of The United States Army Band “Pershing's Own"--ushers in the holiday season with an exciting set that's more well-oiled romp than relaxing balm. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Holiday Roundup 2017

Read "Holiday Roundup 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Here is this year's holiday albums I received for review. They are an exceptionally varied lot, ranging from contemporary pop to mainstream jazz--there's even one big band Hanukkah album! I wanted to make special mention of an exceptionally beautiful album that I reviewed late last year, after I had published the 2016 Roundup: Olga Konkova & ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

UNI Jazz Band One: That Doesn't Even Look Like You

Read "That Doesn't Even Look Like You" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For more than two decades, the University of Northern Iowa's Jazz Band One has been recognized as one of the country's leading undergraduate ensembles, on a par with such outstanding programs as those at the Universities of North Texas, Miami, Northern Colorado, Cincinnati, North and South Florida and Wisconsin-Eau Claire, among others. That Doesn't Even Look ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Dickinson: A Gathering Foretold

Read "A Gathering Foretold" reviewed by Geannine Reid

It's hard to picture Dickinson as a debut artist, with a cast of characters that range from; Christian Sands, Michael Dease, Ulysses Owens, Jr., featured on A Gathering Foretold. Altoist Daniel Dickinson should not be overlooked as another side player ponying up for the known players, on whatever recording of the moment that seems to be ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Patrick Grant: A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream)

Read "A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream)" reviewed by Paul Naser

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Patrick Grant's music can be difficult to classify. This is probably, at least to a degree, intentional. The NYU film school professor and multiple-time ASCAP Plus Award winner was a long time member of the legendary Robert Fripp's Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists and has scored multiple theater and dance companies' projects.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian McCarthy: Codex

Read "Codex" reviewed by Doug Collette

Whether saxophonist Brian McCarthy's third full-length studio album, Codex, was specifically intended as such, this comparatively simple, bracing quartet project is a refreshing change of pace from its more involved predecessor, The Better Angels of Our Nature (Truth Revolution, 2017).

On the surface at least seemingly far less ambitious, the album begins in a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

'Tis the season. Just ask Jazz At The Ballroom. That Bay Area-based non-profit arts organization is making spirits bright with this collection of music showcasing top-flight artists who've appeared in its concerts. Everybody from the illustrious Freddy Cole to the supremely suave Nicki Parrott to the bright-eyed Champian Fulton gets in on the action. Good vibes ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Otto: Soliloquy

Read "Soliloquy" reviewed by Don Phipps

A soliloquy according to the dictionary is “an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers....." No more apt title could be assigned to Matt Otto's wonderful album Soliloquy. Reminiscent of Matisse's use of color, Otto uses his music to paint a cool canvas of evocative sounds that describe thoughts ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Nissenbaum: Bismuth

Read "Bismuth" reviewed by Geno Thackara

This may be only the first album under Daniel Nissenbaum's own name, but that doesn't mean his horn doesn't still have a long and rich history behind it. The recording follows more than a decade of composition study, sit-ins with a wide ranges of names (including some as big as McCoy Tyner and Marcus Miller), and ...


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