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Ilya Netkach: I Am

Read "I Am" reviewed by Geno Thackara

No stranger to traveling, Ilya Netkach has absorbed a range of ideas between growing up in the Ukraine and (at the time of this release) teaching violin in the United Arab Emirates. A statement of identity such as I Am can't help showing all such personal sides, at least to the extent a five-track EP allows. ...

ARTICLE: DOWNLOAD REVIEWS

Bill Frisell: Hurricane Harvey Relief: A Compilation From His Live Download Series

Read "Bill Frisell: Hurricane Harvey Relief: A Compilation From His Live Download Series" reviewed by John Kelman

Bill Frisell
Hurricane Harvey Relief: A Compilation From His Live Download Series
BillFrisell.com
2017

Many musicians may use their celebrity to speak out about issues that matter to them, but only a relatively precious few are actually prepared to put the time, effort and money where their mouths are, creating contexts ...

ARTICLE: DOWNLOAD REVIEWS

The Monterey Jazz Festival 2008 Music Sampler

Read "The Monterey Jazz Festival 2008 Music Sampler" reviewed by Tod Smith

Frequently, even free music downloads can be overpriced. Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule and the Monterey Jazz Festival 2008 Music Sampler from iTunes is one fine example of how free can be worth so much more than nothing.

Upon entering the Monterey Fairgrounds on a festival day, there's an assortment of ...

ARTICLE: DOWNLOAD REVIEWS

Oscar Peterson Tribute: Simply The Best

Read "Oscar Peterson Tribute: Simply The Best" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Hearing Oscar Peterson late in life, his left hand rendered useless by a stroke and arthritis, could be a terribly sad thing, sometimes no more than a whisper of the giant that had me scouring CD bins after first listening to him.

But his magnetism was never just about music, as his fellow Canadians and ...

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Christmas Craziness: 60 Free Great, Cheesy and/or Freakish Holiday Albums on the Internet

Read "Christmas Craziness: 60 Free Great, Cheesy and/or Freakish Holiday Albums on the Internet" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Those spending $600 and dodging gunfire to get a glitch-filled PlayStation 3 probably need all the free holiday cheer they can get.



The repeating loop of music on the store's overhead speakers is more likely to make them postal than passive. But the Web offers enough free albums that are exceptional, unique and utterly ...

John Ellis Quartet: Live At Yoshi's - July 18, 2005

Read "John Ellis Quartet: Live At Yoshi's - July 18, 2005" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Saxophonist John Ellis' new album By A Thread is “an early runner for one of the best albums of 2006,"according to one AAJ review. Thanks to his free, two-set live performance available free at his Web site, he's got his hat in the download category as well.



This 2.5 hour session is first-rate in ...

Bill Frisell: Further East/Further West

Read "Bill Frisell: Further East/Further West" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Bill Frisell
Further East/Further West
Nonesuch Records
2005

Bill Frisell is an exceptional musician because he has the ability to mine the usual guitaristic textures without getting caught up in clichés, to unearth original ore in the same old vein. Further East/Further West (available only in download form) is a ...

Free "Professor of Sax" Collection Merits a Gold Star

Read "Free "Professor of Sax" Collection Merits a Gold Star" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

As trash-talking goes, getting schooled by the “Professor Of Saxophone" is of questionable caliber. But Miles Osland is in no danger of losing face if words fail him--he wields a horn capable of bludgeoning even the most forward-thinking rebel punk in the classroom.



Some professors put students to sleep lecturing from the book, while ...

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Guitarist Tim Conley's funky standards and improvisations make for stand-out shows

Read "Guitarist Tim Conley's funky standards and improvisations make for stand-out shows" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Funky classics. Innovative improvisations. Gritty guitars. No cover charge.



This is why I keep wading through so much muck on the Internet.



Guitarist Tim Conley joins the tiny percentage of jazz artists with a significant amount of quality work available free of charge online with several live performances between July and October ...

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A Finnish Feast: Hundreds of Free Songs from Earth's Least Corrupt Country

Read "A Finnish Feast: Hundreds of Free Songs from Earth's Least Corrupt Country" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Considering its 80th birthday is next year, Finnish jazz is awfully young at heart.



Finnish-American musicians aboard the M/S Andania brought jazz to the country in 1926, according to urban myth, but a strong presence and identity didn't emerge until the 1960s. Since then versatile musicians, strong government support and high-quality education has produced ...