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Steve Haines: And the Third Floor Orchestra

Read "And the Third Floor Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is by and large lovely music, to be sure, but to paraphrase a Burger King ad from years gone by, “Where's the jazz?" Aside from a handful of perfunctory solos by soprano saxophonist Chad Eby and pianist Joey Calderazzo, there isn't much here. Instead, composer / arranger Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra canvass ...

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Jerry Granelli: Dance Hall

Read "Dance Hall" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'arzillo Jerry Granelli, batterista sensibile e cazzuto, aveva centrato nel 1992, con l'album A Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing, uno dei picchi più importanti della sua lunghissima carriera. Un lavoro ormai mitico, dove metteva assieme due chitarristi illustri come Bill Frisell e Robben Ford per un modernissimo omaggio al Buddy Bolden immaginato dallo scrittore ...

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Drummer Jerry Granelli Reunites with Guitar Greats Bill Frisell & Robben Ford After 25 Years for Blues-Soaked Repertoire on "Dance Hall"

Drummer Jerry Granelli Reunites with Guitar Greats Bill Frisell & Robben Ford After 25 Years for Blues-Soaked Repertoire on "Dance Hall"

Back in 1992, veteran drummer-composer Jerry Granelli went to studios in Seattle and San Francisco with an all-star cast, including trombonist Julian Priester, alto sax great Kenny Garrett, bassist Anthony Cox and guitarists Bill Frisell and Robben Ford, to record a set of blues-based tunes that resonated with his youth. The resulting album, A Song I ...

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Ariel Pocock: Living In Twilight

Read "Living In Twilight" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When the sun rests below the horizon, the sky sits in a limbo state represented by a wondrous ambiguity in color, content, and intention. An intoxicating afterglow emerges, both wishing the day a fond adieu and ushering in the night. It's that variegated realm, an in-between locale that's neither here nor there, that inspires pianist-vocalist Ariel ...

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Brandi Disterheft: Blue Canvas

Read "Blue Canvas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A canvas is often viewed as a neutral starting point, but it needn't be so. Even a so-called “blank" space can be suffused with certain color(s) before brushstrokes are ever applied, as Brandi Disterheft reminds us. Her fourth album is a trio date painted atop, around, over, and with the color blue. It's a work that ...

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Ariel Pocock: Touchstone

Read "Touchstone" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È un brillante debutto discografico questo di Ariel Pocock, la pianista-cantante di Seattle che il produttore Matt Pierson ha preso sotto l'ala, affiancandole musicisti del calibro di Larry Grenadier, Julian Lage, Eric Harland e Seamus Blake. Un supporto di prim'ordine ma anche una bella responsabilità per una ragazza poco più che ventenne, appena uscita dall'University of ...

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Marianne Trudel: La vie commence ici

Read "La vie commence ici" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Pianist and composer Marianne Trudel may not be so well known outside her native Canada, but her elegantly crafted sound, as all good music does, carries its own passport and travels where it will. La vie commence ici is Trudel's sixth album as leader and immerses her within the sympathetic vibrations of trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist ...

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Ariel Pocock: Touchstone

Read "Touchstone" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What are the touchstones of jazz? Harmonic acuity? Internalization of swing aesthetics and advanced rhythmic language(s)? The ability to quickly parse a composition in real time? An understanding of the historical framework of the music? The ability to create and speak one's own mind using any number of vocabulary sets? Yes. Each of those elements are ...

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Halie Loren: Butterfly Blue

Read "Butterfly Blue" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

All About Jazz collegue R.J. Deluke published a lengthy piece on Alaska-now-Oregon native vocalist Halie Loren. In that piece, DeLuke concludes:

“Loren is also in a place vocally where her sound has moved away from influence and is her own. Emulating her favorites, and learning from that in years, are behind. Her phrasing ...

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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Read "Jane Bunnett and Maqueque" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Forse stanca della trascurabile attenzione riservatale fin qui dai mass media, l'ottima jazzista canadese avrà pensato di annacquare la sua rigorosa progettualità. Scelta legittima ma discutibile, che dà luogo ad un percorso duplice ed ambivalente, dai differenti esiti artistici. Questa volta, le ormai consuete influenze afrocubane, che la Bunnett ha affrontato con migliori esiti per tre ...