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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Levitt Pavilion

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Levitt Pavilion
Denver, CO
August 26, 2017

You don't hear much talk of “The Energy Crisis" anymore. That's because Karl Denson's Tiny Universe has been on the scene, lighting things up and generating gigawatts of energy with its frequent funk fusillades. Over the course of their two ...

Larry Coryell's 11th House: Seven Secrets

Read "Seven Secrets" reviewed by John Kelman

Time truly is fleeting; just look at the circumstances surrounding the release of Larry Coryell's Seven Secrets, the guitarist's first studio release with his 11th House group in 41 years.

The idea for reuniting this seminal '70s fusion group first came in 2015, when the lineup for a previously booked one-week engagement at New ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Dwight Sills: Creating His Own Space

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After delivering three projects on other record labels, guitarist-composer-producer Dwight Sills decided it was time to start creating an outlet for himself on his fourth and most personal CD yet, Short Stories.

Creating this outlet was not a new concept for the Houston, Texas resident. Most of the eight tunes on this eclectic and ...

Columbia Years 1968-1969

Read "Columbia Years 1968-1969" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La piccola ma intraprendente casa discografica statunitense, Light in the Attic, in collaborazione con la major Sony/Columbia, piazza un uppercut formidabile che toglie il velo ad uno dei misteri meglio preservati della discografia del secolo scorso. Vengono infatti pubblicati per la prima volta i cinque brani che Betty Davis, nata Betty Mabry e sposata con Miles ...

Danny Mixon: Pass It On

Read "Pass It On" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

You'd think that a pianist who's solidly served as sideman for such pillars of the jazz community as Charles Mingus, Betty Carter, Kenny Dorham, Grant Green and others (including Afro-Cuban firebrands Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers), would be at least somewhat famous. But since his first performances in the mid-1970s, pianist Danny Mixon has maintained ...

Groove Legacy: Groove Legacy

Read "Groove Legacy" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Built around the core of saxophonist Paulie Cerra, keyboardist Bill Steinway and bassist Travis Carlton (son of legendary guitarist Larry Carlton), Groove Legacy is just as much a sound and feel as it is this band and the title of their eponymous debut. Although they've collectively played with everyone from Al Green through Stevie Wonder to ...

India to Italy, Brazil to Slovenia–Where WON'T Jazz Go?

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Avataar
Petal
Self-Produced
2016

While growing up in the Northern Ontario mining town of Sunbury, he was known as “Sam." But in his early twenties, Sundar Viswanathan reconnected with his Indian name and heritage, and, through several conservatory courses spanning North Indian classical to Turkish maquam music, ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Jayson Tipp / Under The Lake

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About Jayson Tipp from Under The Lake:
“Effervescent, vivacious and all-together engaging" is how one reviewer describes Under The Lake's music, an original sound that Don Dilorio of the North Jersey Herald and News says “doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references." It's ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

The Brecker Brothers: Heavy Metal Bebop

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The Brecker Brothers
Heavy Metal Bebop
Arista
1978

While artists more often than not look for an album title that in some way reflects the music contained within, few have come up with a name that, in three simple words, says it all as much as today's Rediscovery: The Brecker Brothers' Heavy Metal Bebop. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics: Jayeide Afro

Read "Jayeide Afro" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Dimmi con chi suoni e ti dirò chi sei.
Gli inglesi Heliocentrics guidati da Malcolm Catto, sotto gli auspici dei padri Sun Ra e James Brown, hanno nel DNA la sensibilità per aprirsi alle migliori collaborazioni. Lo hanno fatto con Lloyd Miller (etnomusicologo e musicista di visionaria esperienza), con Mulatu Astatke (non serve vi ...