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ARTICLE: RADIO

Art Ensemble of Chicago, Federica Michisanti and other great new releases

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, Federica Michisanti and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Sometime ago everybody kept saying that the CD was dead. Judging by the growing number of new records that keep coming out at an increasing pace, the CD is still alive and kicking! Intrestgingly, as the number of new jazz albums continues to grow, this has not been at the expense of the average quality of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christian McBride: Christian McBride's New Jawn

Read "Christian McBride's New Jawn" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's true that six-time Grammy winner Christian McBride hasn't been the new thing on the scene for some time now. Yet the gritty Christian McBride's New Jawn pops from the get-go with a zesty, youthful intensity and infectious enthusiasm. making his lifelong inquiry into jazz past, present and future a pure joy to listen to.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Merano Jazz 2018

Read "Merano Jazz 2018" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Kursaal, Teatro Kimm
Merano
10-15.07.2018

Il primo che soffia sulle ventidue candeline di Merano Jazz è Pat Metheny, che con il suo quartetto apre la sezione concertistica di un festival caratterizzato pure da una prestigiosa sezione didattica: l'Accademia Mitteleuropea, diretta da Franco D'Andrea ed Ewald Kontschieder, giunta quest'anno alla diciassettesima ...

Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band

Read "Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band" reviewed by Martin Longley

Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions
Smalls
March 31, 2018

To assist with his investigation into tenor traditions, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery formed a full-thrust front line with Marcus Strickland and George Garzone, surely one of the most vibrant teams possible around current NYC clubland. The quintet was completed by bassist Yasushi ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers @ NYC Winter Jazzfest

Read "Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers @ NYC Winter Jazzfest" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
Le Poisson Rouge
NYC Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 1, 2018

By the time José James took to the stage for his headlining slot on a quadruple-bill event that served as the second stand-alone concert in the 2018 NYC Winter ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Alex Han: Embracing The Spirit

Read "Alex Han: Embracing The Spirit" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

With a bold, invigorating, and adventurous sound, alto/soprano saxophonist and composer Alex Han is a sonic force on his debut CD, Spirit.

The project was produced by none other than the 2009 Berklee College of Music graduate's longtime employer and friend, the incomparable Grammy-Award winning electric bassist/bass clarinetist/producer/composer Marcus Miller for Miller's own label, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Somi: Petite Afrique

Read "Petite Afrique" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Somi's debut on the Okeh imprint--The Lagos Music Salon (Okeh, 2014)--pulled no punches. It tackled tough topics within an African framework, bringing hard truths to bear in soulful fashion. This follow-up is equally impactful, but it shifts focus stateside, eyeing the titular Harlem neighborhood that Somi calls home now.

In addressing life along ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christian Sands: Reach

Read "Reach" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A lot plays into the success of an artist's reach, with content and presentation obviously ranking high on the list. But above all, an artist has to be willing to extend a hand if they expect listeners to do the same. Many simply reach for the musical stars without really considering the need to reach out ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Standard Begins New "Mobetta Tuesdays" Weekly Residency Led By Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter / Producer Maurice "Mobetta" Brown

Jazz Standard Begins New "Mobetta Tuesdays" Weekly Residency Led By Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter / Producer Maurice "Mobetta" Brown

One of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, Jazz Standard, today announced the inauguration of “Mobetta Tuesdays,” a new Tuesday night residency by mastermind trumpeter/composer/arranger/producer Maurice “Mobetta” Brown. Beginning March 14th with a CD release concert celebrating his latest album The Mood, “Mobetta Tuesdays” will bring a dynamic, distinctive sound that uniquely marries contemporary jazz, blues-rock and ...