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Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...


Dixie Dregs at Lincoln Theatre

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The Dixie Dregs Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC March 7, 2018

Back in the 1970s, many aspiring young guitarists yearned to play like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix, but truly inspired musicians wanted to be as good as John McLaughlin or Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs (later just The Dregs). While the ...

Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...


John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music

Read "John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Improvised music within a sophisticated framework is one if the primary hallmarks of jazz. World class improvisation requires split second reactions, mental agility, dexterity, and the emotive soul of an artist. As a testament to his age defying vitality, on January 29, 2018 at the age of 76, John McLaughlin won a Grammy® Award for the ...


Phil Scarff: Ragas on Saxophone

Read "Ragas on Saxophone" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Plenty of Western players have been inspired by the exotic sounds and qualities of Indian music. It's a much smaller number who've formally studied its classical traditions, however, and fewer still have been successful enough to master the forms and play to the acclaim of Indian audiences. Quick--can you name one off the top of your ...


Leni Stern: Finally The Fame Has Come

Read "Leni Stern: Finally The Fame Has Come" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Leni Stern has long been a triumphant voice of inspiration. The truth and steadfast beauty of her lyrics and music has touched many hearts around the world.

Recognition is a slippery slope, especially when one is not seeking or prioritizing it. Stern has stayed true to her roots and focused her impressive compositions, vocals, ...


60th GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

60th GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

And the winners of the 2018 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo (For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.) "Can't Remember Why" ...


Matthew Read Trio: Anecdotes II

Read "Anecdotes II" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The opener “Snow Part 1" strongly evokes memories of the open strings of John McLaughlin's guitar on the Miles Davis timeless classic In A Silent Way. Benedict Wood's lithe guitar work continues on “Many Roads Travelled" here displaying dexterity in the soloing, whereas on “Surprise Flight" Wood shows he can evince a melodic structure with chords ...


Julian Lage: Modern Lore

Read "Modern Lore" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

As a young guitar prodigy, Julian Lage often went to gigs at the Bay Area jazz club Yoshi's. There he would sit up front, put his head on stage and watch admiringly. Backing his early heroes at Yoshi's were two musicians who now form a trio with Lage. Double bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen ...


Jazz Musician of the Day: John McLaughlin

Jazz Musician of the Day: John McLaughlin

All About Jazz is celebrating John McLaughlin's birthday today!

John McLaughlin, also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitarist from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. He came to prominence with the electric group of Miles Davis in the late 1960s, and with other well- known players such as Chick Corea and Tony Williams. Before moving ...