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NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Terri Lyne Carrington: A Bi-Coastal Weekend

Terri Lyne Carrington: A Bi-Coastal Weekend

By Cristofer Gross On Friday evening, November 9, drummer-composer-educator Terri Lyne Carrington will headline a special concert in UCLA's Royce Hall. Two days later she will be at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in jny: Newark for her half of another special concert entitled “Jazz Vinyl Revisited." In addition to having Carrington on the bills, there is ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity

Read "More Than A Jazz Legend: Dexter Gordon and His Search For Personal Integrity" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Maxine Gordon

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Spanglish Fly: Ay Que Boogaloo!

Read "Ay  Que Boogaloo!" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Jonathan Goldman sure seems like one interesting dude. An Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology, Goldman edited the seminal study Joyce and the Law (University of Florida Press, 2017) and leads one of the most famous reading groups for one of Joyce's most infamous works, Ulysses. And as lead trumpet and bandleader for New ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

Read "Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for hard-to-find releases. Among the Japanese pressings ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Heartbeats Full of Soul

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Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy
Let Your Light Shine On
MPS
2018

One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Don Byron / Aruán Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)Tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two highly accomplished artists--one long-established, the other solidifying his legacy--are brought together on Random Dances And (A)Tonalities. This duo outing features clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron and pianist Aruán Ortiz. The two gifted composers have been playing together, at Ortiz's initial request, since 2014 but in larger ensembles. In late 2017 Byron and Ortiz met in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

King Crimson: Meltdown (Live in Mexico City)

Read "Meltdown (Live in Mexico City)" reviewed by John Kelman

Something happened to King Crimson between June 28, 2017 in Chicago, IL and the band's five-night run from July 14 to 19 (with a night off on the 17th), that same year, in Mexico City. Both engagements were exceptional, with the Chicago performance captured on Official Bootleg: Live In Chicago, June 28th, 2017 (DGM Live, 2017), ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

Read "Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Proulx and Champian Fulton at The Jazz Corner

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John Proulx and Champian Fulton
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
October 7, 2018

It's very clear, the new Jack Lewin production “Here to Stay" is a tour de force of George Gershwin's greatest music, played on two grand pianos. Champian Fulton, a charming, accomplished young pianist, sang her ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Anais Drago - Un violino per Zappa (e oltre)

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Tra i tanti materiali musicali che ci passano quotidianamente tra le mani, ogni tanto ce n'è qualcuno che ci colpisce particolarmente, per un motivo o per l'altro. Questa volta è toccato al CD che rappresenta l'esordio discografico di Anais Drago, sia per l'eclettico curriculum della giovane violinista di Biella che per il fatto di essere un ...