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2017 Howard University Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Geri Allen

Read "A Tribute to Geri Allen" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist / composer Geri Allen, one of the Howard University Jazz Studies program's distinguished alumnae, left us far too soon, succumbing to cancer on June 27, 2017, two weeks after her sixtieth birthday. During a career that spanned more than thirty-five years, Allen performed and recorded with a who's who of renowned jazz artists from Ron ...

Tal Cohen: Gentle Giants

Read "Gentle Giants" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Dopo l'esordio nel 2011 con Yellow Sticker, il pianista Tal Cohen torna in studio alla guida di una propria formazione e pubblica questo Gentle Giants, lavoro di respiro piuttosto ampio (oltre un'ora di musica per dieci tracce). In quintetto con Cohen ci sono il tenorista Jamie Oehlers, l'altista Greg Osby, il bassista Robert Hurst e il ...

Franco Ambrosetti: Cheers

Read "Cheers" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Milestone birthdays deserve major events. And so we have Franco Ambrosetti's Cheers, a star-studded seventy-fifth birthday celebration that's both a walk down memory lane with friends and a stroll over different terrain for the man of the moment.

In January of 2017, just over a month after Ambrosetti's actual birthday, the septuagenarian starring ...

Aruán Ortiz Trio with Brad Jones and Chad Taylor: Live in Zürich

Read "Live in Zürich" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Live in Zürich is the twelfth album from Cuban avant-garde composer and pianist Aruán Ortiz. Of those recordings widely available in the US, Ortiz has worked with a variety of group formats. His quartet released Orbiting (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2013), was followed by a trio outing on Hidden Voices (Intakt Records, 2016) and two successive ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Previte: the Art of Travelling Trustingly

Read "Bobby Previte: the Art of Travelling Trustingly" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Bobby Previte has been at the forefront of the creative music scene for more than four decades. A restless aural storyteller with a knack for captivating concept albums, he has just released Rhapsody (RareNoise). This is the first album for which he has written not only the ear-opening music he is known for but also lyrics, ...

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz

Read "The Poetry of Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Benjamin Boone's The Poetry Of Jazz could easily have been titled The Jazz of Poetry because of the almost interchangeable nature of the terms. The composer/saxophonist's vision to put music to the U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine's prose is a reminder to listeners that jazz was birthed by the common man, and is not to be ...

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz

Read "The Poetry of Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Benjamin Boone's The Poetry Of Jazz could easily have been titled The Jazz of Poetry because of the almost interchangeable nature of the terms. The composer/saxophonist's vision to put music to the U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine's prose is a reminder to listeners that jazz was birthed by the common man, and is not to be ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Petros Klampanis: Chroma

Read "Chroma" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il terzo album da leader del bassista greco prosegue e sviluppa quanto espresso nel precedente Minor Dispute (Cristal Records, 2015): una musica melodicamente suggestiva, che fonde danzanti climi folk su eleganti e flessuosi arrangiamenti per archi. Dal disco d'esordio del 2011 inciso per l'etichetta di Greg Osby (Contextual Inner Circle Music) la formula strumentale viene confermata ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris Tordini Trio, featuring Becca Stevens and Greg Ruggerio: Midnight Sun

Read "Midnight Sun" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The vinyl-only subscription label, Newvelle Records, enters the second half of its second season with the Chris Tordini Trio collection, Midnight Sun. Bassist Tordini is joined by vocalist Becca Stevens and guitarist Greg Ruggiero on a set of standards bookended by Ornette Coleman covers. The readings here are stripped of any superfluous trappings, allowing the individual ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

João Barradas: Directions

Read "Directions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Since childhood, Portuguese accordionist João Barradas has been winning awards on his instrument at national and international level. His undoubted talent on his chosen instrument--and its midi version--is on display throughout Directions, his first album as leader. So, too, is his talent as a composer--all but one of the tracks are his original compositions.