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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Matt Hooke

2017 marked the first year that I wrote for All About Jazz, and I got to experience some phenomenal music. It was a diverse year in jazz, international artists like Tony Allen and Seckou Keita brought unique perspectives to jazz. Other artists like Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, and Dayme Arocena, released some of their best work ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring

Read "John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Nearly five decades have passed since John McLaughlin set foot in America as a relatively unknown musician to join the fusion band Lifetime, with the great drummer Tony Williams and equally great organist Larry Young. Two days later he was in the studio with Miles Davis recording In a Silent Way. The breadth and scope of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2017

It's always a thrill to return to Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM). Deemed the biggest jazz festival in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records, it only ...

Grand General: Grand General

Read "Grand General" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite many members barely into their thirties, Grand General is a Norwegian super group of sorts. Ola Kvernberg is, perhaps, best-known internationally for a string of recordings that, including Folk (Jazzland, 2009) and the more ambitious Liarbird (Jazzland, 2011), have garnered the violinist/violist plaudits like the DnB NOR Award at the 2012 Kongsberg Jazz Festival. Guitarist ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Trevor Rabin

Read "Take Five With Trevor Rabin" reviewed by Trevor Rabin

Meet Trevor Rabin:
Trevor Rabin is a South African-born composer, guitarist, songwriter and producer.

Rabin learned guitar and piano as youth, and played in a couple of bands as a teenager. His involvement in his first serious band, Rabbitt, led them to become to this day South Africa's most successful band. He left ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Roine Stolt and Neal Morse: Degrees of Separation

Read "Roine Stolt and Neal Morse: Degrees of Separation" reviewed by John Kelman

2011 has been a banner year for progressive rock, the genre that emerged in the late 1960s, peaked in the mid 1970s, and was threatened with extinction (certainly from a commercial perspective) with the advent of punk and new wave. Of course, prog never went away, and the music of seminal bands such as King Crimson, ...

Neal Morse: Testimony Two Special Edition

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Neal Morse

Testimony Two: Special Edition

Radiant Records
2011

There are those who've claimed that rock music is “the Devil's Music," but for Neal Morse it's been just the opposite. Born again while leading Spock's Beard--on the vanguard of a new wave of symphonic progressive rock gaining traction in the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jonathan Kreisberg: Unearthed

Read "Jonathan Kreisberg: Unearthed" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

The world of jazz guitar has long been filled with some of the most storied names in jazz history. Artists such as Charlie Christian, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny and John Scofield have all become recognized as some of jazz's greatest innovators and most prolific performers.

In a day and age when it seems ...

Steve Morse: Life With and Without The Dregs

Read "Steve Morse: Life With and Without The Dregs" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be best known to many as aging proto-hard rock group Deep Purple's guitarist for the past decade (not to mention time spent in the mid-'80s with a reformed Kansas), but anyone who's followed his career since the mid-'70s knows there's far more to Steve Morse than an ability to admirably shred over the familiar ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Morse: Major Impacts

Read "Major Impacts" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

On “Major Impacts” Dixie Dregs leader Steve Morse pays all due respect to the guitar giants who inspired him to perfect his craft and eventually join their pantheon. Morse, Dregs bassist Dave LaRue and drummer Van Romaine construct walls of sound higher, wider and stronger than most power trios since the heyday of Cream. Speaking of ...