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Najee: Poetry in Motion

Read "Poetry in Motion" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

On Najee's 15th studio release, and fourth project for the Shanachie label, the Jamaica Queens, N.Y. native delivers an inviting, feel-good album on which he is joined by such diverse talents as pianist/keyboardist Bobby Lyle, multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer/arranger Barry Eastmond, multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Jean-Paul “Bluey" Maunick, vocalists Will Downing, Maysa and Eric Roberson, and guitarist Blake Aaron.

The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sabrina Malheiros: Clareia

Read "Clareia" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Although Sabrina Malheiros is best known for Brazilian dancefloor hits, Clareia crafts a smooth, warm and mellow expedition through the soul music of her homeland. Clareia also brings together different neo-global-soul generations and geographies: The soulstress either wrote every song alone; with her father Alex, bassist in Brazilian fusion legends Azymuth (who also contributes bass and ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

Yussef Kamaal: Black Focus

Read "Black Focus" reviewed by Rokas Kucinskas

If people still think that the capital of jazz is New York, surely they've never been to London or listened to anything that comes from the British capital these days. Just like New York, London is a melting pot. Because you can find musicians from any part of the world, the produced outcome is extremely cosmopolitan. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz 15

Read "Umbria Jazz 15" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Perugia, vari luoghi
10--19 luglio

Oltre 35.000 biglietti venduti con un incasso di 1.500.000 euro, 450.000 presenze in città nei giorni del festival: i numeri danno ragione dell'enorme successo di pubblico di Umbria Jazz 2015. La manifestazione, come sempre articolata in appuntamenti gratuiti nel centro storico e in concerti a pagamento, all'Arena Santa ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Earth Wind & Fire Experience Completes Line-Up For Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Earth Wind & Fire Experience Completes Line-Up For Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Two weeks until the UK’s only major green-field jazz festival returns to Glynde Place The line-up for Jazz FM's Love Supreme Jazz Festival is now complete thanks to the addition of the Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring five-time Grammy-winning original member Al McKay. McKay will line-up alongside a host of international stars including Jamie Cullum, Laura ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Getting Surreal, One On One With Bluey Maunick Of Incognito

Getting Surreal, One On One With Bluey Maunick Of Incognito

A SURREAL INTRODUCTION
By Bluey of Incognito Say the word “surreal" and various things come to mind - dreamlike, unreal, fantastic, odd, bizarre or even weird. For me the experiences leading to the final outcome of Incognito’s fifteenth studio album have been an amalgamation of all these synonyms and expressions! We have our own sound and we have a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival: Day Two, November 26, 2010

Read "Riviera Maya Jazz Festival: Day Two, November 26, 2010" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
November 25-28, 2010

Painting in bold colors from different corners of the Latin American musical spectrum, guitarist Al Di Meola drew from his acclaimed, historic collaborations with Spanish guitarist Paco de ...

NEWS: RADIO

Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz - "Last of the Summer Jam"

Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz - "Last of the Summer Jam"

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist" As always, the show is absolutely free, completely legal, fun for the whole family, and available to listen to anytime, anywhere, ad infinitum, right here: http://bit.ly/97N7st This may be a bit late for your Labor Day pool or BBQ party . . . ...

Smooth Cruisin'

Read "Smooth Cruisin'" reviewed by Chris Lawhorn

[Editor's Note: Working Out to Jazz is a new All About Jazz column, devoted to providing jazz playlists for the purpose of working out. For his first installment, Chris Lawhorn's emphasis is on largely up-tempo, mostly smooth jazz music, though his selection from guitarist Lee Ritenour's 6 String Theory (Concord, 2010) is a fiery mainstream swinger, ...