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Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...


Matt Wilson: Honey And Salt

Read "Honey And Salt" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo disco è talmente ricco di episodi e significati, denso di motivi e relazioni con la storia del connubio tra jazz e poesia, che una recensione dovrebbe trasformarsi in un saggio. Il nono album per la Palmetto di Matt Wilson è ispirato per intero dall'opera di Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) il grande poeta statunitense che è stato ...


Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

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Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...


Charles Rumback: Threes

Read "Threes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Reared in Kansas and currently residing in Chicago, Charles Rumback has evolved into a go-to drummer these days, performing with proven progressive jazz and improvising warriors, trumpeter Ron Miles, saxophonist Tony Malaby and here, leading his piano trip captured live at the Windy City venue, Constellation. Rumback's lyrical beats and colorific shadings, along with John Tate's ...


Ron Miles: I Am A Man

Read "I Am A Man" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When two workers were killed by a malfunctioning garbage truck in Memphis in 1968, the flames of activism were rightly stoked. Sanitation workers fed up with poor working conditions and abuse of power poured into the streets wielding “I Am A Man" signs, making a principled stand that spoke not only to the situation at hand, ...


Gregg Belisle-Chi: I Sang To You And The Moon

Read "I Sang To You And The Moon" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Vengono da Seattle e hanno meno di trent'anni i componenti di questo quartetto dalla fisionomia singolare: una cantante accompagnata da chitarra, tromba e contrabbasso. Come si può intuire dall'organico, il clima è cameristico e l'intimismo folk delle musiche di Gregg Belisle-Chi impregna tutto l'album. Anche se è scritto in caratteri microscopici sul retrocopertina, il chitarrista ha ...


Harriet Tubman: Araminta

Read "Araminta" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Named after the iconic American heroine: escaped slave, abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross circa 1822); the extraordinary New York based trio of guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer JT Lewis have performed together for over 20 years yet have only released three prior recordings: I am a Man (Knitting Factory, 1998), ...


Bill Frisell: Hurricane Harvey Relief: A Compilation From His Live Download Series

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Bill Frisell
Hurricane Harvey Relief: A Compilation From His Live Download Series

Many musicians may use their celebrity to speak out about issues that matter to them, but only a relatively precious few are actually prepared to put the time, effort and money where their mouths are, creating contexts ...


Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Friday | Saturday | Sunday

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been witness to some of the greatest concerts in jazz history as reflected in many stellar live recordings from the festival. This was my first trip to this much heralded event. The festival is held on the Fair Grounds and ...


Matt Wilson: Honey And Salt

Read "Honey And Salt" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We will forgive you if you believed drummer Matt Wilson's previous recording Beginning Of A Memory (Palmetto, 2016) was a summing-up of his career to date. On that recording he invited just about every musician he has worked with as a leader. The conspicuous absence was, of course, Dewey Redman, who had passed on in 2006. ...