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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Duncan Eagles: Citizen

Read "Citizen" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Citizen is London-based saxophonist Duncan Eagle's first album under his own name and follows his signing to the burgeoning U.S. label Ropeadope. His other major vehicle is the band Partikel whose eponymously titled debut album was released in 2010 followed by three more critically acclaimed recordings for the Whirlwind label, Cohesion (2013), String Theory (2015) and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Parks: Little Big

Read "Little Big" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo un decennio caratterizzato da svariate collaborazioni, esibizioni pianistiche in solo (Arborescence) e in differenti trio (Alive in Japan e Find The Way), Aaron Parks torna a un pieno ruolo di compositore e leader sviluppando l'estetica del celebrato Invisible Cinema.

Protagonista è un quartetto d'identica strumentazione ma con nuovi partner: il chitarrista neozelandese ...

NEWS: RECORDING

All About Jazz Reviews Tony Adamo's Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

All About Jazz Reviews Tony Adamo's Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

All About Jazz reviewed Was Out Jazz Zone Mad twice! By CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
January 9, 2019 Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark de Clive-Lowe: Heritage

Read "Heritage" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

On Heritage, pianist/composer/producer Mark de Clive-Lowe sows two rhythmic seeds for every melodic plant reaped from an autobiographical crop. The half-Japanese, half-New Zealander's spiritual kinship with Japan runs deep. His blending of electronics and sampling elicits a precision that only enhances the freer passages, and provides a fitting platform for his copilots Josh Johnson (alto sax ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Parks: Little Big

Read "Little Big" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Pianist/composer Aaron Parks' recording career began when, at the impressionable age of eighteen, he signed on with Terrence Blanchard and recorded several noted albums with the trumpeter, most notably the soundtrack to Spike Lee's Invisible Man and Blanchard's own, Grammy winning A Tale of God's Will (Requiem for Katrina (Blue Note, 2007). In the creative interim ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Whose Hat is This?: Everything's OK

Read "Everything's OK" reviewed by Doug Collette

On Everything's OK, the core of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, plus vocalist Kokayi, present a live rendition of a spontaneous collaboration captured in December 2017. Free-form in both concept and execution, the group offers a the sophomore album for those who like their sounds as liberated as they are liberating. As such, it may well serve ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Parks: Little Big

Read "Little Big" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The press release for highly praised keyboard/composer Aaron Parks's (Kurt Rosenwinke, Terence Blanchard) latest album states: “after experimenting with various lineups and sessions, Parks landed on three musicians ideally suited for this atmospheric, genre-bending new work." And after listening to this inspiring session it's easy to discern why Parks needed time and a bit of prudence ...

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Kyle Nasser: Persistent Fancy

Read "Persistent Fancy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Kyle Nasser's Persistent Fancy is kind of like the old Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercial, where the two actors protest, “You got chocolate in my peanut butter." and “No, you got peanut butter in my chocolate." The saxophonist's second release, following Restless Soul (AISA, 2015), combines erudite compositions with shrewd improvising. Listeners can decide which of ...

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Kyle Nasser: Persistent Fancy

Read "Persistent Fancy" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Kyle Nasser follows his 2015 self-released debut, the captivating Restive Soul, with the equally intriguing Persistent Fancy. On it Nasser's writing has matured and his ideas crystalized resulting in vibrant and compelling originals.

The title track is an intricately crafted and passionate tune that brims with refreshing spontaneity. Bursts of saxophone notes complement ...