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ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019

Read "ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
January 11-12, 2019

On January 11th and 12th, Winter Jazzfest attendees were treated to two nights of performances by some of the ECM's most vibrant affiliates. The impressions left in their wake verged on moving pictures, comprising a montage of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends

Read "Imaginary Friends" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Ever leading the avant-garde, trumpeter Ralph Alessi has never been pressed for future-forward ideas or the time to express them in whatever setting best suits the music. Not counting his prodigious work alongside such leading figures as Fred Hersch, Don Byron, and Steve Coleman, in this tumultuous century alone Alessi has led and released such challenging ...

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Dave Meder: Passage

Read "Passage" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

"Philosophically, what I'm after is the lofty goal of being able to play everything," says 28-year-old pianist David Meder of his ambitions and crowd-sourced debut, Passage. Like he says, that's pretty lofty, if not downright cocky. But what is jazz, let alone any artistic endeavor, if not an equal mix of both, and the chops to ...

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Jason Palmer: Fair Weather

Read "Fair Weather" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Newvelle Records co-founder, the pianist Elan Mehler is familiar with one of Boston's few long-time, dedicated jazz clubs, Wally's. As he explains in the liner notes for Fair Weather, the club is where trumpeter and North Carolina native Jason Palmer was leading a band for nearly two decades. Palmer has played with leading talents such as ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

The 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

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This summer sizzled with jazz at The 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina. The John Coltrane Youth Jazz Workshop Band led by Wally West kicked off the festival on Saturday, September 1, followed by the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, the Dirty Dozen ...

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Andy Milne & Dapp Theory: The Seasons of Being

Read "The Seasons of Being" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

From a scientific stance, the jury may still be out on homeopathic treatments via a wealth of published material--a subject well beyond the scope of this article. However, estimable jazz pianist Andy Milne (Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane) has reaped positive homeopathic benefits while fighting prostate cancer. Per the marketing info on Sunnyside's website: “Milne's positive experiences ...

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Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet: London Live

Read "London Live" reviewed by Troy Dostert

An enticing record from four under-recognized jazz veterans, Jeff “Siege" Siegel's London Live features drummer Siegel and his long-standing partners pianist Francesca Tanksley and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, plus new addition bassist Uli Langthaler, for eight expansive, well-played tracks that combine healthy respect for the jazz tradition with a hint of an adventurous edge.

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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Frank van Berkel: New Programmer at Amsterdam's Bimhuis is Committed to Serve and to Curate

Read "Frank van Berkel: New Programmer at Amsterdam's Bimhuis is Committed to Serve and to Curate" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Frank van Berkel, the new Programmer at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam's premier jazz club, is no stranger to the music world. He started out as a musician, double bass/bass guitar, and played many venues back in the '80s and '90s, including Amsterdam's rock palace Paradiso and the Bimhuis, with different bands, that included Nine Tobs, Remo Tobs, ...

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Moers Festival 2018

Read "Moers Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Moers Festival
Moers, Germany
May 18-21, 2018

The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched ...