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Jazz on the Moon

Read "Jazz on the Moon" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On 20 July 1969, while Herbie Mann was over the figurative moon, because his Memphis Underground was the best selling jazz album in the country, the man was landing on the actual moon (apologies for the gender insensitivity here but otherwise the pun won't work...). What a day!

50 years later we celebrate the ...

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Ben Allison, Ron Horton, Frank Kimbrough: A Collective Trio

Read "Ben Allison, Ron Horton, Frank Kimbrough: A Collective Trio" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Ben Allison, Ron Horton and Frank Kimbrough have been collaborating for more than a quarter century, including as members of the influential Jazz Composers Collective.

During these years they have established themselves as stalwarts of the New York jazz scene and developed their own instantly identifiable sounds, solidifying their international reputations as leading voices ...

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: HUJE 2018

Read "HUJE 2018" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One sure sign of spring is the arrival of the latest yearly recording by the superb Howard University Jazz Ensemble, a tradition that dates without pause from the days of vinyl in 1976, one year after the ensemble was formed by its first and only music director, Fred Irby III. For archivists and numbers-crunchers, that's forty-four ...

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Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this, her sixth album, pianist Leslie Pintchik shows that she can compose distinctive melodies. All of the original compositions she does on this CD are bright and memorable and even the two standards she covers are given surprising arrangements.

She establishes herself from the beginning with the uniquely-titled “You Eat My Food." This turns ...

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Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If they gave out awards for album titles, this one would surely be in the running for top honors. “You eat my food, you drink my wine, you steal my girl" is a harsh and odd phrase that rolls off the tongue like some sort of backwoods country accusation-turned-lament, but its origins are far more urban ...

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Ben Allison: Layers of the City

Read "Layers of the City" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Giunto al dodicesimo disco in vent'anni di attività professionale, il contrabbassista e compositore di New Haven ha spesso cambiato organici e partner (solo il chitarrista Steve Cardenas resta una presenza costante da un decennio) ma il tratto distintivo della sua musica resta ben riconoscibile: lunghi temi cantabili su tempi spesso dilatati, in un variopinto tessuto metrico ...

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Beatrice

Read "Beatrice" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One sure sign of spring is the arrival of the latest studio recording by the always exemplary Howard University Jazz Ensemble, a tradition that dates to 1976, one year after Fred Irby III (who remains its first and only music director) founded the Washington, DC-based ensemble. Unlike most of these enterprises, which are labeled HUJE followed ...

Maryanne DeProphetis: Tell A Star

Read "Tell A Star" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La ricerca vocale minimalista e astratta di Maryanne de Prophetis è troppo sofisticata per ottenere l'attenzione del grande pubblico ma mantiene un'audience affezionata nei club di New York City. Dal 2002 guida il trio col pianista Frank Kimbrough e il trombettista Ron Horton con cui ha pubblicato due dischi, A Glance nel 2005 e Lilacs in ...

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Tony Moreno: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Manhattan-native drummer Tony Moreno was born into and for music, his mother, Nina Dunkel Moreno, a noted harpist, pianist and educator. Oh, and he received his first drum kit at ten-years old from... Elvin Jones who became his early mentor and teacher. Moreno has had a long and storied career, filled with memories and mementos, many ...

Howard University Jazz Ensemble: HUJE 2015

Read "HUJE 2015" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 1975, Howard University, a bulwark of higher education in our nation's capital since 1867, formed its first Jazz Ensemble and named a young trumpeter / educator, Fred Irby III, as director. One year later, Irby ushered the ensemble into a recording studio to verify its prowess, a tradition that has continued uninterrupted for forty years. ...