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A Pair From Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery/Three Minutes To Four

Read "A Pair From Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery/Three Minutes To Four" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Lewis Porter is living proof that the marriage of a wide knowledge base and an open mind makes for a beautifully creative whole. As an esteemed author, a revered academic, a highly respected composer, and a first-rate pianist, Porter operates from a unique, variable-angle vantage point occupied by few others. He knows from whence this music ...

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Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery

Read "Beauty & Mystery" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A somber, modern/Romanticist solo piano “Prologue" beautifully opens jazz scholar, historian, and accomplished pianist Lewis Porter's Beauty & Mystery, his fourth disc as a session leader.

Accompanied throughout this often inspired recording by bassist John Pattitucci, sought after Grammy-winner and frequent trio companion drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and high-flying, rep-rising saxophonist Tia Fuller, Porter ...

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Das Hammerklavier Trio: Now I Know Who Shot J.F.K.

Read "Now I Know Who Shot J.F.K." reviewed by Matthew Miller

Pianist Boris Netsvetaev's Das Hammerklavier Trio (archaic German for Grand Piano Trio) is a throwback in name only. The fleet, youthful ensemble is deeply entrenched in jazz's 21st century incarnations, embracing genre-hopping styles, global influences and a devotion to collective freedom. The group is also aptly named in that Netsvetaev's piano occupies the foreground for the ...

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Porter/Di Castri/Sferra Trio: Italian Encounter

Read "Italian Encounter" reviewed by Marc Medwin

In March of 2007, Lewis Porter played at the Leeds International Jazz Research Conference, where he was the keynote speaker. The most vivid memory of the hour-long set was a version of “Body and Soul that traveled the space-ways, the journey back to the head near miraculous.

The version on Italian Encounter functions ...

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Porter/Di Castri/Sferra Trio: Italian Encounter

Read "Italian Encounter" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Lewis Porter (piano), Furio di Castri (double-bass) and Fabrizio Sferra (drums) rehearsed for only fifty minutes before they went onstage and played in Siena, Italy on July 29, 2006. Porter says that they played like old friends. That's true. The empathy between them is remarkable and makes for a delightful concert.



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Alessandro D'Episcopo Trio: Meraviglioso

Read "Meraviglioso" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pianist Alessandro D'Episcopo brings in the balmy air of the Mediterranean, a heady bit of Neapolitan melody, Arabian music and four tunes from one of his favorite composers, Thelonious Monk. They all sit well together and magenetise the listener on the aptly titled Meraviglioso, which translates to “wonderful.

D'Episcopo's music is inventive and ...

Francois Ingold Trio: Song Garden

Read "Song Garden" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Continental Europe has been a productive greenhouse for American jazz. France was a popular destination for American expatriate musicians and artists in the early-to-mid 20th Century and now France is repaying that favor by providing a distinctly European brand of jazz in pianist Francois Ingold's Sound Garden. Born in the Francophonic region of Switzerland, Fribourg, Ingold ...

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François Ingold: Song Garden

Read "Song Garden" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un lavoro tanto semplice, essenziale, istintivo e spontaneo quanto elegante, raffinato, intellettuale e curato in ogni dettaglio. Otto brani (più una ghost track dal vivo, a testimonianza dell'impegno profuso) che fanno i conti con la forte passione del loro autore per la canzone francese e per la canzone in generale. Nel giardino di François Ingold c'è spazio, infatti, per ...

Lewis Porter: Second Voyage

Read "Second Voyage" reviewed by David Adler

Lewis Porter has a well-earned reputation as one of jazz's most meticulous and thoughtful scholars. He is the founder and director of the Masters Program in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University, not to mention the author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music (Michigan, 1998), which many consider the definitive Coltrane biography. But part ...