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Wajdi Cherif: Jasmine

Read "Jasmine" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Words like “progress," “advancement" and “moving forward" are dangerous to use in describing art, yet they pop up all the time in that context. The idea that the history of jazz is one of progress or advancement rather than simply change is very popular, but unwarranted in my view. It would be easy to say that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wajdi Cherif: Phrygian Istikhbar

Read "Phrygian Istikhbar" reviewed by Budd Kopman

I approached Phrygian Istikhbar with a bit of trepidation, since the signposts of “world music as jazz were very strong. The first track, “Voyage, only reinforced my fears, since the usual elements of world music--scalar rather than melodic improvising, static or oscillating harmony, and strong, repetitive rhythmic patterns--were all present.

Cherif uses a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Meet Pianist Manuel Rocheman

Read "Meet Pianist Manuel Rocheman" reviewed by Wajdi Cherif

Manuel Rocheman grew up in a rich and stimulating musical environment as both his parents and grandparents were musicians. His father, a guitarist and actor was the founder of the “Hootenanny" in the American centre in Paris, a place where artists come to perform from all around the globe. A major musical events in Rocheman's childhood ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Katy Roberts: Katy Roberts Quintet Live a L'Archipel

Read "Katy Roberts Quintet Live a L'Archipel" reviewed by Wajdi Cherif

The real challenge when doing a jazz album is achieving a perfect mix of energy, group interaction and musicality. Katy Roberts' album Live A l'Archipel is a perfect case in point. Roberts succeeded to gather around her musicians with different strong personalities that contribute to the force in her statement. She has been living in Paris ...