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Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel

Read "Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Maurice Ravel is not only one of the great authors of 20th century classical music, but one of a handful of classical composers to have demonstrated an interest in jazz. During his tour of the United States in 1928, Ravel went to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, or Connie's Inn and the nearby Cotton Club, to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Meg Morley: Can't Get Started

Read "Can't Get Started" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Only a few months after releasing her debut solo EP--Through The Hours (Self Produced, 2017)--the London-based Australian pianist and composer Meg Morley releases her first trio album, Can't Get Started, in the company of bassist Richard Sadler and drummer Emiliano Caroselli. Through The Hours was an impressive debut, showcasing Morley's ability to conjure up varied moods ...

Izabella Effenberg Trio: IZA

Read "IZA" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The vibraphone seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance of late, with any number of outstanding exponents of the instrument popping up in all corners of the world. Izabella Effenberg may be a new name for many, but the Polish vibraphonist has already collaborated with the likes of Tony Lakatos, Magnus Ostrom, Nippy Noya and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Galway Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Galway Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Galway Jazz Festival
Various Venues
jny:Galway, Ireland
October 7-9, 2016

The best jazz festivals are not necessarily the biggest. They're not always the ones with the marquee names. The best festivals, without a doubt, are the ones you remember, years later, for having had a hell of a good time. ...

Yelena Eckemoff Quartet: Leaving Everything Behind

Read "Leaving Everything Behind" reviewed by Dave Wayne

With all of the worldwide hue and cry concerning immigration, precious little is said about the lives of immigrants themselves, the sacrifices they've made and the risks they've taken in order to start their lives anew; free of whatever hardships and oppression they endured in their native country. In the news, entire lives are boiled down ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Scarborough Jazz Festival: Scarborough, UK, September 28-30, 2012

Read "Scarborough Jazz Festival: Scarborough, UK, September 28-30, 2012" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Scarborough Jazz Festival
Scarborough, UK
September, 28-30, 2012
Now in its tenth year, Scarborough Jazz Festival is a fixture in the UK's jazz calendar. Situated on the east coast of North Yorkshire, Scarborough's heyday was in the Victorian era, when coaches would pull up outside hotels like The Royal or The Crown to disgorge ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Manuel Rocheman: The Touch of Your Lips: Tribute to Bill Evans

Read "The Touch of Your Lips: Tribute to Bill Evans" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The French Naive record label, long known for its fine releases of classical music--particularly its ongoing Vivaldi Opera project--has initiated a jazz stream, highlighting French jazz talent, including pianist Manuel Rocheman's The Touch of Your Lips: Tribute to Bill Evans. It is somehow fitting that a tribute to America's last great pioneer in jazz piano (apologies ...

David Leonhardt Trio: Bach to the Blues

Read "Bach to the Blues" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Pianist David Leonhardt's sideman credentials are impeccable, with ten years supporting the great jazz singer Jon Hendricks and twenty with Ray Charles' longstanding saxophonist, David “Fathead" Newman. Bach to the Blues, his twentieth album as a leader, may not radically alter his status as a respected but lesser known veteran, but the subtle pleasures it provides ...

David Leonhardt Trio: Bach to the Blues

Read "Bach to the Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist David Leonhardt takes a right turn directly into Jacques Loussier territory with the release of Bach to the Blues. Loussier has made his career arranging jazz interpretations of Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven. His arranging and playing are characterized by a crystalline precision while often sacrificing space for improvisation. Leonhardt loosens the laces a bit, ...

High On Classical Gas: Jacques Loussier, Tiempo Libre and James Galway, Burgstaller Martignon

Read "High On Classical Gas: Jacques Loussier, Tiempo Libre and James Galway, Burgstaller Martignon" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz and classical musics should be friends. They have much in common. It is conceivable that a synthesis of the two could be achieved as successfully as that existing between jazz and rock. However, most attempts to meld jazz and classical have yielded mediocre results.

Some headway has been made. The recent appearance of pianist Enrico ...