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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charlie Porter: Charlie Porter

Read "Charlie Porter" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trumpeter and composer Charlie Porter exhibits his innovative spirit and his brilliant musicianship on his self-titled debut as a leader. Working with a rotating cast of Portland (Oregon) area musicians, Porter performs ten of his originals and one cover with a refreshingly unique style and captivating spontaneity.

Similar in concept to tenor saxophonist Benny ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Legend Benny Golson To Appear At Baltimore's Jazzway 6004

Jazz Legend Benny Golson To Appear At Baltimore's Jazzway 6004

Internationally-acclaimed bebop/hard bop saxophonist, composer, and educator Benny Golson, who will turn 90 years old in January 2019, will appear at Baltimore’s Jazzway 6004 on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. The NEA Jazz Master and newly-inducted member of the DownBeat Hall of Fame will perform his famous tunes such as “Killer Joe,” “Whisper Not,” ...

NEWS: RECORDING

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music By Bruce Barth

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music  By Bruce Barth

In June, six members of Temple University’s noted jazz faculty gathered in Bunker Hill Studio in Brooklyn to record eight tracks of new music composed by Bruce Barth. Terell Stafford, director of Jazz Studies at Temple, lead the charge and the result, Family Feeling, is a reflection on the warm camaraderie between Terell Stafford (trumpet); Dick ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

Growing Older Jazzfully

Read "Growing Older Jazzfully" reviewed by Peter Rubie

So there I was the other day, taking a yoga lesson, trying to loosen my aching muscles. I'm at that age where it aches if I do exercise, and I stiffen if I don't. The instructor was a young woman with the flexibility of a baby who can suck her own toes. She asked us to ...

Cory Weeds Little Big Band: Explosion

Read "Explosion" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The size and makeup of a “little big band" depend above all on what the leader has in mind. In this case, leader Cory Weeds patterned his ensemble (four brass, four reeds, three rhythm) after similar groups led by tenor saxophonists Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Gene Ammons, and what he had in mind was a mid-sized ...

Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band

Read "Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band" reviewed by Martin Longley

Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions
Smalls
March 31, 2018

To assist with his investigation into tenor traditions, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery formed a full-thrust front line with Marcus Strickland and George Garzone, surely one of the most vibrant teams possible around current NYC clubland. The quintet was completed by bassist Yasushi ...

Cliff Brucker: Full Circle, Vol. 2

Read "Full Circle, Vol. 2" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Cliff Brucker is based in New York, but it is not the big city. He and his crack quintet--two horns, piano/bass/guitar drums--are settled in upstate, in Albany. They revisit the sound of the Blue Note Records' heyday on this follow up to Full Circle (Self Produced, 2016), with Full Circle, Vol 2.

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ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven

Read "The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven" reviewed by Arthur R George

Heaven for some is a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield. For Pete Douglas, it was a house on a beach with a jazz club in his living room, a would-be heaven also for anyone who dropped in. Douglas passed on, in 2014 at age 85, sitting at his desk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But his ...

Thumbscrew: Theirs

Read "Theirs" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The trio Thumbscrew is releasing simultaneously two recordings from a single session, Theirs and Ours. The first is an album of cover songs and the latter originals by the band. While these reductionist tags might describe the music in its fundamental aspects, these two recordings are the product of one intricate process and trio language.

Thumbscrew: Theirs

Read "Theirs" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It has been four years since Thumbscrew, the trio of guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, released their self-titled debut (Cuneiform Records, 2014). The trio is simultaneously releasing two albums--their third and fourth--Ours and Theirs on the same label. As the titles indicate, one album consists of original compositions and the other, ...