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Greg Duncan & The Individuation Quintet: Unification

Read "Unification" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Jazz musicians derive inspiration from all kinds of sources--but there probably aren't many who are inclined to build an entire series of songs around concepts connected to Jungian psychology. Trumpeter and composer Greg Duncan is quite earnest in this endeavor, however, and on this release he gives musical expression to a number of aspects of Carl ...

Ricordiamo Michael Brecker

Read "Ricordiamo Michael Brecker" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sono trascorsi più di dieci anni dalla morte di Michael Brecker, avvenuta il 13 gennaio 2007, il giorno dopo quella di Alice Coltrane. Brecker è stato il massimo e più influente sax tenore post-coltraniano ed è quanto mai doveroso ricordarne la vita e il percorso artistico.

Il 25 gennaio di quest'anno la comunità jazzistica ...

Meilana Gillard: Dream Within A Dream

Read "Dream Within A Dream" reviewed by Ian Patterson

There are eight years between Ohio-born, Belfast-based tenor saxophonist Meilana Gillard's impressive debut, Day One (Inner circle Music, 2009), and her follow-up, Dream Within A Dream (Lyte Records, 2017) -simply way too long a gap for a musician and composer of her talents. Her debut, backed by Nir Felder, Tyshawn Sorey, Marcos Varela and Sam Barsh, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Skip Norris Memorial Concert at Paul Robeson Performing Arts Theater

Read "Skip Norris Memorial Concert at Paul Robeson Performing Arts Theater" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Skip Norris Memorial Concert
Paul Robeson Performing Arts Theater
Detroit, Michigan
June 9, 2017

The old saying goes that we all die twice; once when we take our last breath and then a second time when our name isn't spoken anymore. It is highly unlikely that the name of Wesley “Skip" ...

Greg Duncan & The Individuation Quintet: Unification

Read "Unification" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's start at the dénouement. Trumpeter Greg Duncan and his Individuation Quintet close their premier release with “Say Hey," a composition Branford Marsalis wrote for director Spike Lee's 1990 film Mo' Better Blues. The conclusion is a fitting genesis for Duncan's declaration. Just like fellow trumpeter Nate Wooley's refashioning of brother Wynton Marsalis' music on (Dance ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Tribute to Art Porter Jr.: Reflections of a Grateful Art

Read "Tribute to Art Porter Jr.: Reflections of a Grateful Art" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

During the early to mid '90s, soprano and alto saxophonist-composer Art Porter, Jr. was charting a blazing course on the contemporary jazz soundscape. The 35-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas native had recorded and released four albums for Verve Records. He had been a guest on the albums of such titans as keyboardists Ramsey Lewis; Jeff Lorber (who ...

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ernest Stuart: One Step Ahead

Read "Ernest Stuart: One Step Ahead" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It ain't exactly jny: Rome, and it's not all roads, but many of them (especially in the jazz world) certainly seem to lead to jny: Philadelphia. It's unavoidable for a city where the music has such deep roots (birthplace of Billie Holiday, home of John Coltrane, hangout of Dizzy Gillespie and Sun Ra among countless others), ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Walter Smith III: Jazz Explorer

Read "Walter Smith III: Jazz Explorer" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Walter Smith stands straight when he raises his tenor sax to his mouth to embark on a solo, or play enthralling, serpentine, contrapuntal lines in unison with band mates like Ambrose Akinmusire. [Check out “Confessions To My Unborn Daughter" from Akinmusire's When the Heart Emerges Glistening.] It's a muscular sound that emerged from his horn. Authoritative. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tenor Saxophonist Michael Pedicin To Release "As It Should Be: Ballads 2," April 21

Tenor Saxophonist Michael Pedicin To Release "As It Should Be: Ballads 2," April 21

With the April 21 release of As It Should Be: Ballads 2, tenor and soprano saxophonist Michael Pedicin continues to spread the message of acceptance and justice he eloquently shared on his critically acclaimed 2011 album Ballads … searching for peace. “I’m one of those diehard '60s kids that grew up concerned about peace and togetherness,” ...


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