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Kenny Barron: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hard to believe that, as Kenny Barron turns 75, Concentric Circles is his Blue Note debut, one that is as muscular, fleet, and entertaining as any debut by any man two-thirds his age.

Trust Barron's deeply-versed quintet to swing like a big band plus, and “DPW" leaps out at you with a jumping, bop ...

Terence Blanchard: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As trumpeter Terence Blanchard is wont to do, he blends spoken word, rock, funk, the electrified, the experimental, the second line, the bop, blues, and hip hop on the swaggering, often staggering, Live, his latest Blue Note release.

Bidding us to ..."find our voices..." Marcus Miller's “Hannibal" evolves from a floating piano intro (courtesy ...

NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Tõnu Kaljuste: Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies

Read "Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Twentieth-and twenty-first Century musical titan Arvo Pärt's career straddles both Soviet-era government artistic control and post-communism reality. Born in 1935 in Paide, Estonia, Pärt's symphonic output stands presently at four symphonies separated by and reflected in 45 years (Symphony No. 1--1964 and Symphony No.4 -2008) of turbulent history. His symphonic output in twilight, it was safe ...

Nels Cline: Currents, Constellations

Read "Currents, Constellations" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Reigning Wilco guitarist and avant sound sculptor Nels Cline begins his second Blue Note release Currents, Constellations with a loud, vibrant crash of guitar crunch that echoes his many alt/rock road trips. But very quickly the responsive and elastic rhythm section of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey charges forth while Cline and soul-mate guitarist ...

Louis Armstrong: The Decca Singles 1935-1946

Read "The Decca Singles 1935-1946" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Good news, jazz fans--rhythm saves the world again. The Universal Music Group tentacle labeled “Verve Records" has issued The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946. Don't be put off by the term “singles." Since this was the 78 era, all recordings were essentially singles and the set thoroughly covers Satchmo's output for Decca during the period. (Even the ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Vivendi's Universal Music Group Valued At $40 Billion, says CEO, As IPO Speculation Mounts

Vivendi's Universal Music Group Valued At $40 Billion, says CEO, As IPO Speculation Mounts

Universal Music Group (UMG) is valued at $40 billion or more,  Arnaud de Puyfontaine the CEO of parent corporation Vivendi said on Friday, sending shares in the French media group higher. after a mixed Q3 report that highlighted growth at the music group. Asked about the value of its Universal Music Group division at the Morgan Stanley ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Iconic label ECM Records Commences Streaming and Expands Partnership with Universal Music Group in Global Digital Distribution

Iconic label ECM Records Commences Streaming and Expands Partnership with Universal Music Group in Global Digital Distribution

Esteemed independent label ECM Records today announced they are expanding their partnership with long-standing distribution partner, Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music based entertainment to bring the entire ECM catalogue to major streaming platforms on Friday November 17, 2017. Renowned for contemporary, jazz and classical music, ECM's catalogue is critically-acclaimed as the finest of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Body and Shadow

Read "Body and Shadow" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017. Body and Shadow is only their fifth album: they have not recorded prolifically, but each one has been worth the wait. The group occupies a unique space: the sound of Americana (chiefly folk music) is dominant, but played with a jazz sensibility. Despite the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tony Allen: The Source

Read "The Source" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Drummer and Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen returns to his jazz roots for his first full-length Blue Note album, following the EP A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The Art Blakey arrangements married hard bop with an Afrobeat rhythmic sensibility: here the same approach is taken with original material (most of it composed and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Four New Releases From ECM Records: Vijay Iyer Sextet, Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Gary Peacock Trio, and David Virelles

Four New Releases From ECM Records: Vijay Iyer Sextet, Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Gary Peacock Trio, and David Virelles

August 25 Vijay Iyer Sextet
Far From Over Vijay Iyer: piano, fender rhodes; Graham Haynes: cornet, flugelhorn, electronics Steve Lehman: alto saxophone; Mark Shim: tenor saxophone; Stephan Crump: double bass Tyshawn Sorey: drums Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014—Far From Over, featuring his ...