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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Benito Gonzalez: Passion Reverence Transcendence

Read "Passion Reverence Transcendence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In the grand, giving spirit of the master, pianist Benito Gonzalez, drummer Gerry Gibbs and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet hold absolutely nothing back and pull no punches on their exhilarating tribute to McCoy Tyner, Passion Reverence Transcendence.

With each tune taped in a single take, the trio explodes with a bold and proclamatory rush. ...

Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Read "Journey Moments" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In lineage with his previous releases--notably Sounds of Brasil (self produced, 2011) and Intersection (Origin, 2016))--bassist/band-leader/composer Ark Ovrutski's fourth release Journey Moments is a tightly wound, expertly realized collection of five originals and four like-minded covers that nudge Ovrutski closer to the upper ranks of today's jazz.

Journey Moments creates an overall sense of ...

Eric Wyatt: Look To The Sky

Read "Look To The Sky" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Look To The Sky is a story of family, navigating the world of jazz, and extolling those who helped light the way. To call it a tribute record would be to frame it inaccurately, but it's most certainly built around the personalized song of praise.

Saxophonist Eric Wyatt, a brawny Brooklynite with a ...

Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Read "Journey Moments" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In listening to this music, each song, solo, and split-second decision can be defined as a journey moment. Every single one, large or small, plays as a parallel or reflection of life's rich travels, bringing to light thoughts and emotions both firm and fleeting in nature. And in the sum total of them all, where action, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Hard Boppin' at Smalls

Read "Hard Boppin' at Smalls" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a remarkably vibrant music venue that enjoys considerable international renown. It is not the most mannered of clubs with loud and boisterous audiences. Nor is it the most decorous, but does offer a rather distinctive look. The club has a great vibe and is committed to treating its audience ...

Zem Audu: Spirits

Read "Spirits" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist Zem Audu was born in Nigeria and raised in England before pursuing his musical career in New York City. Along the way, Audu has developed a musical sound that blends his cultural influences to express a musical style that is an amalgamation of: Contemporary jazz, Nigerian Afrobeat, Caribbean rhythms and funk grooves. Audu's album Spirits, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Azar Lawrence

Read "Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Azar Lawrence" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Azar Lawrence
New Morning, Sunside jazz clubs
Paris, France
July 21-22, 2015

Back-to-back jazz nights featured dynamic saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Azar Lawrence performing in two of the top music clubs of Paris, both leading quartets. Marsalis was on the big stage in the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Benjamin Sutin's Klazz-Ma-Tazz New York-based Klezmer/Jazz Fusion Group To Release Their Debut Album

Benjamin Sutin's Klazz-Ma-Tazz New York-based Klezmer/Jazz Fusion Group To Release Their Debut Album

New York-based Klezmer/Jazz Fusion Group to release their Debut Album Tangibility on OneTrickDog* Records September 1, 2015 Klezmer/Jazz fusion group Klazz-Ma-Tazz will release its debut album Tangibility on OneTrickDog* Records. Founded by violinist and composer Benjamin Sutin, in 2014, Klazz-Ma-Tazz blurs the boundaries of labels and genres. Rooted in the jazz idiom, the music reflects the influences ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2014: The Year in Jazz

Read "2014: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2014 turned out to be a year noteworthy for its numbers. Newport turned 60, Blue Note turned 75, International Jazz Day's third edition featured 900 events in more than 190 countries. The jazz world lost seven of its NEA Jazz Masters, and jny: New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos died at 103. Sad but not ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Shock and Awe: Azar Lawrence Drops "The Seeker" On Dizzy's

Read "Shock and Awe: Azar Lawrence Drops "The Seeker" On Dizzy's" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Azar Lawrence Quintet
Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
New York, NY
June 26-29, 2014

There ain't no denyin' that jazz is best heard “live." Ideally, the band is playing in a club equipped with quality sound and lighting systems, staffed by experienced people who are respectful of the music (especially bartenders who ...