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Gilad Edelman: My Groove, Your Move

Read "My Groove, Your Move" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Gilad Edelman is the son of Marc Edelman, the brains and will behind Sharp Nine Records, a fiercely independent label which has produced some of the finest straight-ahead jazz records of the past fifteen years. Despite limited resources and operating in the midst of the industry's severe downturn, Sharp Nine has released impressive recordings by significant, ...

Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE

Read "Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Since its launch in 2010, the SmallsLIVE record label has been offering a substantial sampling of the outstanding jazz talent consistently featured at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City's Greenwich Village. Musicians who appear on the label range from the great veterans Harold Mabern and Jimmy Cobb to contemporary players at the top of their ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Grant Stewart: The Sound of Hard Bop Today

Read "Grant Stewart: The Sound of Hard Bop Today" reviewed by Marta Ramon

Grant Stewart is regarded as one of the most influential tenor sax players of the contemporary jazz scene. After nine formative years of intense learning and playing in his hometown of Toronto, the 19 year- old Stewart took his saxophone and bought a flight to New York. Once there, he did things his own way from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Norwich Jazz Party 2010

Read "Norwich Jazz Party 2010" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Norwich Jazz Party
Norwich, UK
May 1-3, 2010
Norwich may well be one of the loveliest cities in Britain, but the May Day holiday weekend was wet and miserable, volcanic ash from Iceland was still threatening travel plans and even the exciting prospect of a General Election the following week ...

ARTICLE: DAN'S DEN

Big Awards Day in Gotham

Read "Big Awards Day in Gotham" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

It's been a while since we last met in my Den, so I thought I'd share a very special summer doubleheader with you.

June 16 was a big jazz day in New York. It began in mid-afternoon at the Jazz Standard, with the 13th Annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. Arriving not long after starting ...

Grant Stewart: Plays the Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

Read "Plays the Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn" reviewed by George Kanzler

Here's a refreshing take on Ellingtonia, one that doesn't rely on the overdone ("Take the A Train," “Perdido") or easy ("C-Jam Blues"). Canadian native Grant Stewart brings a post-Swing, combo approach to his Ellingtonia, even going so far as to reference Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk{{ and the {{Duke Ellington/John Coltrane collaboration. The ...

Tardo Hammer: Look Stop & Listen: The Music of Tadd Dameron

Read "Look Stop & Listen: The Music of Tadd Dameron" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Nearly a decade ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Hammer Time, the impressive debut album by (as I wrote then) an “enormously talented" young pianist, Tardo Hammer. While we've both grown older since then, I am happy to report that at least one of us (guess who) has continued on an upward path. Hammer's latest ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tardo Hammer: Look Stop & Listen

Read "Look Stop & Listen" reviewed by J Hunter

A teacher at Cambridge, Massachusetts' New School of Music when he's not leading singer Annie Ross' band, pianist Tardo Hammer has backed up stalwarts including Lou Donaldson and Abbey Lincoln, and was a member of the Art Farmer-Clifford Jordan Quintet. The last credit is the key here, because Jordan played on Live at the Theatre Boulogne--the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tardo Hammer: Look Stop & Listen

Read "Look Stop & Listen" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Look Stop & Listen, Tardo Hammer's fourth release as a leader, is subtitled The Music of Tadd Dameron. It's the antithesis of a concept record, in which the music takes a backseat to marketing and promotion. Instead of a parade of guest stars, all Hammer needs is bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth to launch ...

Tardo Hammer: Tardo's Tempo

Read "Tardo Hammer: Tardo's Tempo" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Tardo Hammer
Tardo’s Tempo
Sharp Nine

In tandem with bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Jimmy Wormworth, Tardo Hammer carves out his own space in the bebop tradition—once again, proving that accomplished musicians still have a lot to say while mining established styles. The pianist doesn’t mess with the bebop blueprint; rather, he ...