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Ben Wendel: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Stepping out as he occasionally does from the genre-mashing ensemble Kneebody, Grammy-nominated saxophonist / bassoonist Ben Wendel takes up the challenge of interpreting the seasons as they exist in this time of climate upheaval and delivers the dynamic, visceral The Seasons.

In 2015, inspired by Tchaikovsky's “The Seasons," Wendel set about writing and performing ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kaveh Rastegar: Light Of Love

Read "Light Of Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Kaveh Rastegar's name might not register with many people, but a significant number of music fans from different camps have likely heard his low-end thrumming on bass and experienced the power of his work. The anchoring element for artists as dissimilar as John Legend and Beck, the creative weight ballasting the music of the pioneering post-fusion ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Audioguide: New Protest Music

Read "Audioguide: New Protest Music" reviewed by Emily Jones

Jazz has a rich history as protest music, but it seems that, over the past year or so, this message in the music has come to the fore again. This month's mix captures the current wave of protest in jazz, where every tune has a story to tell.

First up is an atmospheric track ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

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: BEST OF / YEAR END

Il meglio del 2017 secondo Libero Farne

Read "Il meglio del 2017 secondo Libero Farne" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Per quanto mi riguarda le novità più sorprendenti le ho ascoltate a Bolzano (Warped Dreamer e il trio In Love With con i fratelli Ceccaldi) e a Saalfelden (Eve Risser e Roberto Negro). L'Europa si conferma quindi una fucina di idee originali e di notevole spessore. E l'America? Più dei nomi emergenti (James Brandon Lewis, Joshua ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES
ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal: Hide Ye Idols

Read "Hide Ye Idols" reviewed by Troy Collins

Forward-thinking drummer Vinnie Sperrazza has proven to be an exceptionally creative and magnanimous bandleader; Hide Ye Idols expands well beyond the imaginative inroads made on Apocryphal, his impressive 2014 debut for Loyal Label. Conveying a distinctive group sound, the original lineup featured on his first album--alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, guitarist Brandon Seabrook, and bassist Eivind Opsvik--returns, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JazzMI - II Edizione

Read "JazzMI - II Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

JazzMI -II Edizione
Milano
02.11 -12.11.2017

“Che bello vedere Milano sveglia, finalmente!"

Queste parole, colte in una conversazione tra appassionati in coda per uno dei tanti concerti di questa seconda edizione di JazzMI, ben fotografano il vero punto di forza del festival. Che non è tanto l'aver proposto ...

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Kneebody: Anti-Hero

Read "Anti-Hero" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Several questions came to mind when listening (repeatedly) to Kneebody's latest offering, Anti-Hero.

1. “Why does this feel important?"

Easy one. Anti-Hero is by far the strongest effort yet from arguably the most original collective to strafe the jazz world in recent history. All the pheromones that make Kneebody so attractive have ...

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Tarik Abouzied: Happy Orchestra: Baba

Read "Happy Orchestra: Baba" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Go ahead, laugh it up. After all, how could you possibly take seriously a band called Happy Orchestra, that uses the classic yellow happy face as a logo in this visceral world of jazz we inhabit? How could this leader, a drummer in fact, produce music that is both danceable, and satisfying to the elite jazz ...