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Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by John Kelman

Having just turned sixty this year, it's still quite remarkable that Dave Stryker--a musician who, unfortunately and unfairly, fits into the category of “one of the best guitarists most have never heard"--has released well over thirty albums as a leader/co-leader (including his Stryker/Slagle Band, with saxophonist Steve Slagle, and Latin-informed Trio Mundo) in a little more ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nick Moran Trio: No Time Like Now

Read "No Time Like Now" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Organ trios can be annoyingly conservative. Perhaps the temptation to revisit the heyday of the style--the early 1960s--and recapture the magic that made all of those Blue Note and Prestige LPs so much fun is just too great. Maybe it's because the Hammond B-3 sound evokes so much nostalgia. Don't count Nick Moran among the sentimentalists. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dave Morgan & Friends: Kirtland, OH, February 24, 2012

Read "Dave Morgan & Friends: Kirtland, OH, February 24, 2012" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Dave Morgan & Friends
40th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival
Kirtland, OH
February 24, 2012

On the opening night of the 40th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival, bassist Dave Morgan gathered a host of friends and treated Northeast Ohioans to a rare performance of his The Way of the Sly Man (Being Time, 2010). The piece, based ...

Young / Powell / Vespestad: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by John Kelman

Public perception can often be misleading. Those only familiar with Jacob Young's ECM recordings, including the sublime Evening Falls (2004), inevitably think of him as a painstakingly lyrical guitarist, informed by Jim Hall's economical forward- thinking and penchant for the sound of a warm, organic hollowbody or steely acoustic instrument. But that's only part of the ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dave Morgan: The Way of the Sly Man

Read "Dave Morgan: The Way of the Sly Man" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Dave Morgan

The Way of the Sly Man
Being There

2010

The teachings of 20th century mystic G. I. Gurdjieff have appealed to their share of artists, pianist Keith Jarrett, guitarist Robert Fripp and singer Kate Bush being among the more famous musicians to fall under Gurdjieff's spell. Jarrett, in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mark Feldman: Taking an Eclectic Path

Read "Mark Feldman: Taking an Eclectic Path" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Violinist Mark Feldman started out in Chicago playing classical music and bar gigs before moving on to the Nashville scene. He emerged in New York's “downtown" circle with the likes of Arcado String Trio, trumpeter Dave Douglas, and composer-saxophonist John Zorn. His expressive, classically tinged technique was also sought for studio work with pop acts and ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

David Ashkenazy: Out With It

Read "David Ashkenazy: Out With It" reviewed by Martin Gladu

David Ashkenazy
Out With It
Posi-Tone
2009



The jazz drumming tradition abounds in models for emulation and study, and two such models stand out in importance. For its sheer power, Elvin Jones' work with saxophonist John Coltrane imposes itself on any serious student of the drum set. The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dan Wall: On the Inside Looking In

Read "On the Inside Looking In" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It just so happens that he currently makes his home in Cleveland, Ohio, yet pianist/organist Dan Wall is a world class player who could hold his own in New York, LA or just about anywhere. An integral part of guitarist John Abercrombie’s trio for some eight years now (see and hear Open Land and Tactics ), ...