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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Read "Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

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This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of ...

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 ...

Kamasi Washington: Heaven & Earth

Read "Heaven & Earth" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Taking inspiration from his 2017 release Harmony Of Difference, Kamasi Washington has once again employed the use of strings and choir on this gargantuan release. The sonic augmentation has the effect of rendering many of the tracks like a cross between John Coltrane and Carl Orff or perhaps Sun Ra and Sir Karl Jenkins.

Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is A Reptile

Read "Your Queen Is A Reptile" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There is nothing quite like the Sons of Kemet. In a genre that struggles with the perception that it too often becomes mired in sameness and safety, this is a group that embraces the African roots of jazz while skirting the very essence of the genre. Eye-opening deviations come from unexpected places and in the case ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The 39th Edition Of Montreal's International Jazz Fest starts on June 28th

The 39th Edition Of Montreal's International Jazz Fest starts on June 28th

June 28th of 2018 marks the start of the 39th Montreal International Jazz Festival. Recognized as the world's largest jazz festival by the Guinness Book, this 10-day event brings together an international roster of artists that encompass genres beyond jazz. The over 150 performances take place in 16 indoor and outdoor venues in and around downtown ...

Kamaal Williams: The Return

Read "The Return" reviewed by Chris May

Cross-pollination of jazz and hip hop has spread fast during the 2010s. In-the-moment creativity and giving-the-drummer-some are powerful synergies. In the US, key players include Kamasi Washington, Thundercat and Christian Scott. In Britain, they include the extended family of musicians associated with reed player Shabaka Hutchings and the Brownswood Recordings label. Some of the British players ...

John Beasley: Monk'estra, Vol. 2

Read "Monk'estra, Vol. 2" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo il primo volume (Monk'estra vol.1, Mack Avenue 2016), John Beasley amplia l'organico e invita nuovi ospiti per un'altra rivisitazione del pianeta Monk. Galvanizzato dalle ottime accoglienze del debutto, il bandleader presenta nuovi estrosi arrangiamenti dal classico songbook del pianista. In effetti il vocabolario orchestrale monkiano è quasi tutto da costruire se si eccettuano i progetti ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is A Reptile

Read "Your Queen Is A Reptile" reviewed by Chris May

It is appropriate that this, British-based Sons of Kemet's third album, should be released under the Impulse banner. During its heyday, Impulse was the home of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders and as such was the chief platform for the cosmic/spiritual jazz movement of the 1960s and 1970s and that movement's demand for white-majority ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979

Read "Live At The  Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were born yesterday, you can be forgiven for believing the West Coast jazz scene begins with Kamasi Washington. As with most things related to jazz, New York is the focus, with slight consideration of Chicago. The rich history of Los Angeles' creative community, including the early Ornette Coleman ensembles, Dexter Gordon, Horace Tapscott, Frank ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Audioguide: New Protest Music

Read "Audioguide: New Protest Music" reviewed by Emily Jones

Jazz has a rich history as protest music, but it seems that, over the past year or so, this message in the music has come to the fore again. This month's mix captures the current wave of protest in jazz, where every tune has a story to tell.

First up is an atmospheric track ...