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Eugenia Choe: Verdant Dream

Read "Verdant Dream" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist/composer Eugenia Choe is based in New York, but took a circuitous route to get there. Born in South Korea, she spent years in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago (where she majored in mathematics and classical piano performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). In New York, Eugenia graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from ...

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Kirk Knuffke: Witness

Read "Witness" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Kirk Knuffke has brought his cornet skills to a lot of different music in his career. As a leader, he has recorded albums dedicated to the work of Erik Satie and Don Cherry and he's even covered an Ernest Tubb song. This album gives a greater picture of how wide his interests stretch as he delves ...

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Burak Bedikyan: New Beginning

Read "New Beginning" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his fourth release as a leader, the thoughtful and captivating New Beginning, pianist Burak Bedikyan has matured both as a composer and improviser. The album is Bedikyan's first with a trio and consists mostly, although not entirely, of original material. The cadence and the melody within each piece transform in delightfully surprising ways while maintaining ...

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Eugenia Choe: Verdant Dream

Read "Verdant Dream" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based pianist Eugenia Choe released one of the finest debuts of 2017 with Magic Light (SteepleChase Records). It was a trio outing of the highest order, featuring a distinctive and interactive trio interplay with bandmates Danny Weller (bass) and Alex Wyatt (drums). Choe proved herself a fine interpreter of tunes from Billy Strayhorn and alto ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Andrew Rathbun | New Album Out On Steeplechase Records

Andrew Rathbun | New Album Out On Steeplechase Records

Saxophonist, composer & Toronto native Andrew Rathbun has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence in nearly 20 years as a recording artist. Voted as a ‘rising star’ in this year’s Downbeat Critics Poll, he adds to his portfolio of stirring original albums this winter, with the release of Character Study on Steeplechase ...

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Brian Charette: Groovin' With Big G

Read "Groovin' With Big G" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Groovin' With Big G was destined to come about. When a young Brian Charette was cutting his teeth on jazz piano gigs in his home state of Connecticut in the early '90s, he wound up working dates with drummer George Coleman Jr The two struck up a friendship, and Coleman's encouragement helped Charette make the leap ...

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Craig Brann: Lineage

Read "Lineage" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The cream always rises to the top. That might sound like a trite statement (and one definitely not applicable to pop music), but is one that consistently holds true in jazz. So it follows that guitarist Craig Brann, in a discipline in which one cannot fake it to make it, would then be the crème de ...

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Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us

Read "Cities Between Us" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Continua a muoversi nel solco della tradizione -tra Peggy Lee e Chris Connor-la giovane cantante e autrice newyorchese, diplomata al New England Conservatory. Dopo il debutto del 2014 (Lonely City, SteepleChase) in questo secondo disco Allegra cambia organico e clima espressivo.
Tra i nuovi partner spiccano Kirk Knuffke alla cornetta, Jay Anderson al contrabbasso ...

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Federico Bonifazi: You'll See

Read "You'll See" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Federico Bonifazi is a young, unknown Italian pianist/composer who had the wherewithal and common sense to hire Jimmy Cobb as drummer on this, his second album.

The name on the cover of the last surviving member of the Miles Davis sextet that made Kind Of Blue can't help but sell records.

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Freddie Redd: With Due Respect

Read "With Due Respect" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Freddie Redd is one of the last living links to the golden age of modern jazz. He started playing the piano after hearing Charlie Parker in the 1940s and made his mark on the scene in 1959 with his score for Jack Gelber's avant-garde play “The Connection."

This told the story of a ...