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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe

Read "Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry
The Turning Point Cafe
Piermont, NY
July 15, 2018

Eight selections into an eighty-minute set Brian Charette looked over at Ed Cherry and asked what kind of ballad he wanted to play. In an instant Cherry answered with his guitar, kicking off Duke Ellington's “In ...

Rich Halley 3: The Literature

Read "The Literature" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

After spending a few formative musical years in Chicago--where the winds blow the blues around--saxophonist Rich Halley made his way to Portland, Oregon. Halley's recording career made its leap to the top shelf when he joined forces with drummer/record label honcho Dave Storrs at Louie Records. Four excellent recordings under Halley's name saw release on Louie ...

Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

Read "Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt" reviewed by John Ephland

The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015.

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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz

Read "George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz" reviewed by Doug Hall

Last summer, in June of 2017, I had the privilege and opportunity to interview George Wein, founder and producer of the seminal Newport Jazz Festival. At 91, he was just in the process of supporting and transitioning the new artistic director Christian McBride into this demanding and critical role for the future of the Newport Jazz ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest in Copenhagen

Read "Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest in Copenhagen" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest
Various Venues
Copenhagen and Valby, Denmark
July 6-8, 2018

This year, Copenhagen Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. It's a lot of years with a lot of music and the tendency has been unequivocal. The festival has been growing with new venues ...

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

Read "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album" reviewed by Luca Canini

Non un bootleg registrato alla meno peggio chissà da chi e chissà come; e nemmeno il remake di un remake spacciato per novità assoluta dopo un paio di goffi aggiustamenti e magari una manciata di minuti mai ascoltati prima. Stavolta l'inedito è clamoroso: quattordici brani fissati su nastro dal quartetto di John Coltrane il 6 marzo ...

Dead Composers Club: The Chopin Project

Read "The Chopin Project" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Saxophonist Noah Preminger has a reputation for exploring various genres outside jazz, like protest music and old-time delta blues. He has now formed a group called Dead Composers Club, with drummer Rob Garcia, to perform the works of various composers who are no longer with us. With Preminger's track record that could mean anybody from Duke ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining from Equinox Publishing

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining from Equinox Publishing

Mosaics is the first biography of bassist, band-leader, composer, educator and author Graham Collier. Duncan Heining draws extensively on Collier’s personal archive, as well as on interviews with fellow musicians, ex-students and colleagues from the Royal Academy of Music. It locates Collier and his work within the social and cultural changes which occurred during his life ...

New England Jazz Ensemble: Peter and the Wolf

Read "Peter and the Wolf" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev composed the children's tale Peter and the Wolf to introduce classical music to a wider audience, so the world-class New England Jazz Ensemble has reimagined Prokofiev's beloved fantasy in jazz terms as a pathway to a greater awareness of its singular style of music. The redesigned suite, which encompasses almost ...