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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

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 ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Jazz at Lincoln Center: The Search for Original African Music

Read "Jazz at Lincoln Center: The Search for Original African Music" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Although jazz emerged as an art form around the turn of the Twentieth century in the southern United States, its roots extend backward over several centuries. The music largely developed from a synthesis of many African and European forms that was achieved through the institution of slavery. Blacks were captured or purchased from specific “factory" areas ...

Gregory Tardy: The Truth

Read "The Truth" reviewed by Matthew Miller

Of the many stars to have emerged on the jazz horizon during the '90s, one of the most disciplined, emotive and perhaps underrated is the multifaceted Gregory Tardy. The Truth finds him leading a stellar quintet with trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Helen Sung, the propulsive bassist Sean Conly, and the talented drummer Jaimeo Brown.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gregory Tardy: Abundance

Read "Abundance" reviewed by AAJ Staff

An abundance of conceptual borrowing characterizes Gregory Tardy’s first release for Palmetto. Tardy cut his debut album nearly ten years ago and has been a not unknown figure on the jazz scene for the past six. His path has crossed with a number of recognizable names: Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McShann. Evidently heavily influenced by ...

Gregory Tardy: The Hidden Light

Read "The Hidden Light" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Predjudice on the Shortfall. I tend to be fairly cautious when approaching recordings that are ostensibly spiritually or religiously conceived or motivated. I have found that Divine Inspiration does not always equate to listenable music. It is a sticky wicket to address spiritual inspiration with the music, but it is not a musician's personal motivation I ...

Gregory Tardy: The Hidden Light

Read "The Hidden Light" reviewed by Jim Santella

Greg Tardy’s third release as a leader drives the mainstream highways with both a classic quartet and quintet format. Two-thirds of the album is original material that the saxophonist personalizes with an impressionistic touch. Working with Elvin Jones from 1993-95 has left a driving, forceful influence with Tardy; yet his heart moves him to other places ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gregory Tardy: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Jim Santella

Young lion Greg Tardy shares his enthusiasm and modern mainstream approach with support from pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Eric Harland. The tenor saxophonist leads his ensemble in a session of standards and originals, showing a preference for the excitement of hard bop rhythms and its inherent variety of brash harmonies.

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gregory Tardy: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Gregory Tardy is Impulse's hot new saxophonist, having played with Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine, Wynton, Tom Harrell, Jay McShann, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Steve Coleman. On Serendipity,, his maiden voyage as a leader, he's joined by Wynton's longtime bassist Reginald Veal, Aaron Goldberg on piano and Eric Harland on drums. Mulgrew Miller on piano and trumpeters ...