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A Six-String Travelogue

Read "A Six-String Travelogue" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Leni Stern
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Leni Stern Recordings
2018

If it's an exaggeration to say that Leni Stern's gone native after her life-shaping time in Senegal, it's probably not by much. 3 isn't the result of merely studying and and learning a few new forms, but an unrestrained immersion in the life and ...

Stafford Hunter: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Stafford Hunter is known as a trombonist who grew out of the modern paradigm set by Steve Turre. He also shares a unique quality with Turre, in that he is an expert player of conch shells in the jazz idiom, joining him in the ensemble, Steve Turre and Sanctified Shells.

While this tie with ...

Josh Lawrence: Contrast

Read "Contrast" reviewed by Thad Aerts

On Contrast, Josh Lawrence and Color Theory's second recording for Posi-Tone, the group executes a classic framework held together with tight chemistry. Lawrence may be the leader, but the gist of the end product is a very democratic arrangement where no one musician or group of musicians takes precedence. Each shine at various times throughout Contrast. ...

Josh Lawrence & Color Theory: Contrast

Read "Contrast" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Josh Lawrence & Color Theory's Contrast features a host of varied, sturdy and invigorating compositions by the leader, an ensemble that plays them with élan, a number of arresting soloists, and a rhythm section that rapidly moves between sly and rambunctious. While all of these factors are important, they don't adequately capture the record's essence. Perhaps ...

Josh Lawrence & Color Theory: Contrast

Read "Contrast" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Trumpeter Josh Lawrence has had a long and diverse trek to where he is now. Beginning in his native New Jersey, he has embraced jazz culture in Philadelphia, Europe, and finally New York City, where he has gained a solid reputation as a musician, bandleader, and composer.

On his second release for the Posi-Tone ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Bad Plus: Never Stop II

Read "Never Stop II" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

Armed with a new pianist and eight solid original tunes (plus two original bonus tracks), The Bad Plus prove that being a working, cohesive band is what's most important to them. Their 13th album, Never Stop II, sees a triumphant return of the seasoned piano trio, after the relatively graceful departure of their long-time pianist Ethan ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

New Faces: Straight Forward

Read "Straight Forward" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The collection of musicians on this record, collectively referred to as “New Faces," is an attempt by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to create a sampler of the label's mission, utilizing a selection of young leaders to collectively personify their overall musical vision. As stated on the Posi- Tone website, “The entire series of succinct performances included ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line

Read "East West Time Line" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il nuovo album del chitarrista Kevin Eubanks, che segue Duets realizzato nel 2015 con il collega Stanley Jordan, si innesta direttamente nella grande tradizione della chitarra jazz, di cui da oltre trenta anni è uno dei maggiori interpreti. Da sempre poco interessato a sperimentazioni timbriche o strutturali, Eubanks ha preferito concentrare il suo approccio allo strumento ...