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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gordon Beck Quartet Featuring Joy Marshall: When Sunny Gets Blue: Spring ’68 Sessions

Read "When Sunny Gets Blue: Spring ’68 Sessions" reviewed by Roger Farbey

For British jazz fans, the late Gordon Beck probably needs no introduction. Beck was undoubtedly one of the best and most undervalued pianists the UK has produced. Joy Marshall, however, is perhaps not so well-known. Born in New York, Marshall moved to England in 1962 at the age of 25, where she resided until her tragic ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Musical Portrait Of Hamid Drake

Read "A Musical Portrait Of Hamid Drake" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova

Centro d'Arte's “50/50" series continues! In this new installment, we present a musical portrait of Hamid Drake, simply one of the most original percussionists on the planet, whose musical vision merges the energy of free jazz with the spirituality of eastern philosophies, embracing all the musics of the world.

The mixtape features the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pablo Ziegler Latin Jazz Trio at Sha Tin Town Hall

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Pablo Ziegler Latin Jazz Trio
Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong
October 16, 2018

There's a tightly wound ball of contradictions at the heart of Astor Piazzolla's “nuevo tango" revolution, which injected the common man's South American dance music with classical sophistication and jazz-influenced harmony, literally taking tango from the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ingrid Jensen and Steve Treseler: Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler

Read "Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The trumpeter Kenny Wheeler who died on 18 September 2014, aged 84, was one of the true greats of jazz but one who never quite attained the popular recognition that some of his contemporaries achieved. Nevertheless, to his peers and audiences around the world he was an international treasure. Born in Canada in 1930, Wheeler moved ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sarathy Korwar & The UPAJ Collective: My East Is Your West

Read "My East Is Your West" reviewed by Chris May

Indo-jazz fusion has distinguished ancestry in Britain. The music took shape in the mid to late 1960s, when a string of extraordinary albums, each with one foot in Indian classical music and the other in post-bop jazz, were recorded by guitarist Amancio D'Silva and violinist John Mayer. Both featured empathetic jazz musicians (Joe Harriott, Don Rendell, ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Mike Stern: Living through a Jazz Clinic

Read "Mike Stern: Living through a Jazz Clinic" reviewed by Rob Wood

A mop of straight hair that swings unbidden to the beat. A face weathered and creased as an old fence post. Hands ribbed by dorsal veins knotting and splitting atop the flexor tendons like highway off-ramps. Eyes lit with a hazel fire. And a slightly goofy smile you might see in a dog very glad to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Colosseum II: War Dance

Read "War Dance" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Colosseum was established in 1968, following drummer Jon Hiseman--who sadly passed away in 2018 --and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith's affiliation with Graham Bond's Organisation, and John Mayall's now historic Bluesbreakers collective. As history dictates these bands became proving grounds for artists such as guitarists John McLaughlin (Graham Bond) and Eric Clapton (Bluesbreakers) amid others notables too numerous ...

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Human Element: You Are In You

Read "You Are In You" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Seeking to expand upon the stylistic legacy of Joe Zawinul...

Only a group of pretty heavily respected musicians could pull off a mission statement like that. Yet that's pretty much what keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matthew Garrison, drummer Gary Novak, and percussionist / vocalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan declared when they formed Human Element.

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Michael Gibbs With The Gary Burton Quartet: Festival 69

Read "Festival 69" reviewed by Roger Farbey

On the first two discs of this previously unreleased three CD set, recorded at a single concert on 20th November 1969, the music is regularly punctuated by Gary Burton's announcement tracks, which are not always easily intelligible. However, his announcement preceding Steve Swallow's joyously rousing “Portsmouth Configurations" (actually “Portsmouth Figurations," from the 1967 RCA studio album ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jean-Luc Ponty at The Cabot

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Jean-Luc Ponty The Atlantic Years
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
August 24, 2018

A perfect match was found between the intimate setting at the Cabot's newly renovated 850 seat, former 1920's art-deco period theater in Beverly, Ma. and the soaring, melodic and mesmerizing sounds of masterful electronic jazz-rock French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. ...