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Marshall University And The Nu Jazz Agency Announce The Winners Of The 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition In Huntington, West Virginia

Marshall University And The Nu Jazz Agency Announce The Winners Of The 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition In Huntington, West Virginia

Marshall University, a leading institution of higher education in West Virginia, and the Nu Jazz Agency, have announced the winners of the inaugural 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition held on June 22- 23, 2018 in Huntington, WV (U.S.A.). Ben Paterson (Philadelphia, PA) wonFirst Place; Rina Yamazaki (Saitama, Japan) won Second Place & The Nu ...

Mateusz Smoczynski: Metamorphoses

Read "Metamorphoses" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though violinist Mateusz Smoczyński has played with the likes of Tomasz Stanko, Branford Marsalis, Joachim Kuhn and Anna Maria Jopek, he's perhaps best known internationally for his four-year stint in Turtle Island Quartet and, currently, Atom String Quartet. With the latter, Smoczyński recorded Seifert (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, 2017), its brilliant tribute to violin virtuoso Zbigniew Seifert. ...

Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras

Read "Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Nylon-string acoustic guitars don't crop up in jazz all that often, but when they do the results can be delightful. Below I discuss two very different albums which incorporate that distinctive sound.

The Beauty of Differences
Misfitme
2018

Jean Chaumont's album The Beauty of Differences bogs down in ...

Grateful Dead: The Best of the Grateful Dead Live

Read "The Best of the Grateful Dead Live" reviewed by Doug Collette

A companion piece to 2015's similarly-titled compendium of studio recordings, The Best of the Grateful Dead Live may be likewise redundant for long-time fans of the iconic group. But it is well to remember there are many new listeners and followers, many of whom are helping sell-out Dead & Company tours of recent years, for whom ...

Gene Jackson Trio Nu Yorx: Power Of Love

Read "Power Of Love" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Philadelphia in 1961, Gene Jackson had already determined by his late teens to become a professional drummer. He attended Berklee College of Music where his classmates numbered Branford Marsalis, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jeff “Tain" Watts to name just a few. He's worked with many major players in jazz including Dave Holland, ...

Kurt Elling: The Questions

Read "The Questions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How does one grapple with existence and its juxtaposition against the present state of affairs? That's the question that hangs heaviest over The Questions. While vocalist Kurt Elling didn't come into this production with a theme in mind, he discovered a through line in the act of wrestling with difficulties and dreams in this age of ...

Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III

Read "Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Look what creeped into my monthly column... and herein exist end-of-the-year-recordings...(you decide which ones).

Ben Paterson
That Old Feeling
Cellar Live Records
2018

Everything about pianist/vocalist Ben Paterson's Cellar Live release, That Old Feeling is delightful. This recording is a beautiful throwback, with just a touch of ...

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz

Read "The Poetry of Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Benjamin Boone's The Poetry Of Jazz could easily have been titled The Jazz of Poetry because of the almost interchangeable nature of the terms. The composer/saxophonist's vision to put music to the U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine's prose is a reminder to listeners that jazz was birthed by the common man, and is not to be ...

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz

Read "The Poetry of Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Benjamin Boone's The Poetry Of Jazz could easily have been titled The Jazz of Poetry because of the almost interchangeable nature of the terms. The composer/saxophonist's vision to put music to the U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine's prose is a reminder to listeners that jazz was birthed by the common man, and is not to be ...

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Eric Revis: Sing Me Some Cry

Read "Sing Me Some Cry" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La vicenda artistica di Eric Revis è esemplare per la propria coerenza: ci ricorda ancora una volta il ruolo avuto da molti contrabbassisti nel jazz contemporaneo, che sulle direttrici di metodo e prassi tracciate da Charles Mingus sanno coniugare una forte e sensibile preparazione sullo strumento alla capacità di organizzare stimolanti formazioni e di comporre in ...