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Throttle Elevator Music: Retrospective

Read "Retrospective" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Una delle figure più dirompenti (e popolari) del jazz del nostro tempo, Kamasi Washington, ed Erik Jekabson, Thomas McCree, Ava Mendoza, Gregory Howe e Matt Montgomery sono i protagonisti di Retrospective, album che--sebbene uscito nel 2017--poggia le sue radici a cavallo del tempo di due sessioni: la prima tenutasi nel 2011, la seconda nel 2016, entrambe ...


Roscoe Mitchell: Discussions

Read "Discussions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Saxophonist, composer, supreme improviser and a seminal artist for modern times, Roscoe Mitchell's (AACM, Art Ensemble of Chicago) illimitable inventiveness shines forth on this outing that encompasses a 20-piece orchestra, bridging experimentalism and counterbalancing song forms with nouveau classical music applications.

The final piece is seemingly derived from a New Orleans slang expression “Who ...


Throttle Elevator Music: Retrorespective

Read "Retrorespective" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Besides being a well-played selection of powerful music, this is an exciting, top-tier timepiece offering insight on the development of star saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington a few years before he exploded onto the musical landscape.

This release is not actually the most recently recorded work by the project's initial group, who played together ...


Larry Coryell: Heavy Feel

Read "Heavy Feel" reviewed by Doug Collette

Only the most most skilled and confident musicians can record a sterling album in two days but if anyone qualifies for inclusion in that category, it's Larry Coryell. A veteran of no small renown, albeit somewhat under the radar compared to peers like John McLaughlin, the former leader of the Eleventh House radiates the surety of ...


Larry Coryell: Heavy Feel

Read "Heavy Feel" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Con questo Heavy Feel il chitarrista Larry Coryell cerca di ripercorrere le strade che aveva battuto tanti anni fa, all'inizio della sua carriera solistica. Allora gli album si chiamavano Coryell, Lady Coryell, Basics, Fairyland e Spaces. Tanta acqua è passata sotto ai ponti e Coryell ha vissuto stagioni diverse che lo hanno visto diventare dapprima uno ...


Larry Coryell: The Lift

Read "The Lift" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista americano Larry Coryell ci colpisce in fondo all'anima con questo ottimo The Lift che quasi all'improvviso lo riproietta in climi per lui abbastanza desueti che richiamano l'energia dei progetti che lo videro protagonista dopo l'uscita dal gruppo di Gary Burton e prima del super gruppo Eleventh House. In particolare i riferimenti sembrano essere agli album, pubblicati da Vanguard, ...


Calvin Keys: Vertical Clearance

Read "Vertical Clearance" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Guitarist Calvin Keys has accumulated a five-decade career of playing and recording with some of the biggest names in American music. From Omaha, Nebraska to Kansas City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and other stopping points, Keys made the acquaintance of such luminaries as Frank Edwards, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, King Pleasure, Jack McDuff, ...

Plate Fork Knife Spoon: Plate Fork Knife Spoon

Read "Plate Fork Knife Spoon" reviewed by James Taylor

Plate Fork Knife Spoon is billed as a blend of organic hip-hop and funk-infused jazz.

I hate when people describe groove-heavy soul-jazz groups as “a blend of hip-hop and jazz. Hip-hop should showcase either a DJ or an MC--one or the other, preferably both, is at the heart of all hip-hop. Plate Fork ...


Phil Ranelin: Inspiration

Read "Inspiration" reviewed by John Kelman

While he started out as a Motown session player, trombonist Phil Ranelin left that behind in the '70s, instead pursuing a style that blended post-Coltrane post bop with Afro-Cuban rhythms and harmonies. With Inspiration , Ranelin delivers an album firmly planted in these traditions, paying tribute to a number of his influences and past collaborators, including ...


Phil Ranelin: Inspiration

Read "Inspiration" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trombonist Phil Ranelin has worked sessions with Motown acts Stevie Wonder and the Temptations. That should be resume enough. If it isn't, he's also played with jazz men Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Raahsan Roland Kirk, and Grant Green, just to name a few.

Inspiration finds the trombonist fronting a nonet with four multiple reedmen ...