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2018 Jazz Surprises

Read "2018 Jazz Surprises" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The end of the year is the time when we usually look back and take stock. To celebrate the continuous growth and expansion of the music we love, we've decided to look back at the music that, for a reason or another, has surprised us the most this year. It features mostly young musicians, artists we ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary

Read "Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Bassist, composer, bandleader, sideman, producer, record label owner, festival head...

These are some of the many hats Michael League has acquired since embarking on his musical odyssey at the University of North Texas with a “little" band named Snarky Puppy in 2003. With its Jazz-but-not-Jazz / Music for Brain and Booty ethos, multiple poll ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Allison, Anais Drago, Reinier Baas and Other Great New Releases

Read "Ben Allison, Anais Drago, Reinier Baas and Other Great New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The new albums bonanza goes on! And we happily oblige, revelling in some gorgeous new releases, some of which will definitely end up on the “Best of 2018" lists of many critics. Surprises, confirmations, re-releases, unexpected collaborations and much more make up this week's playlist full of aural pleasures...

Happy listening!

Steely Dan's Jon Herington and Jim Beard

Read "Steely Dan's Jon Herington and Jim Beard" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

While keyboardist / producer Jim Beard and guitarist Jon Herington are both solo recording artists with long and varied careers that straddle jazz, rock and beyond, they may be best known these days for being longtime members of Steely Dan's current touring band. They have also been close friends for nearly 40 years. They sat down ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Metropole Orkest: Perfect Vision - The Esquivel Sound

Read "Perfect Vision - The Esquivel Sound" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Gli universi paralleli esistono, perlomeno in musica. Negli anni dal 1958 al 1962 il jazz statunitense ha vissuto una fase innovativa così ricca e variegata da assorbire totalmente gli appassionati (fino a oggi), portandoli a tralasciare quanto coesisteva nel vicino universo della pop music.
In quegli anni l'industria discografica aveva scoperto il potenziale suggestivo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Metropole Orkest: Conducted by Rob Pronk

Read "Conducted by Rob Pronk" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although mentioning Rob Pronk's name to jazz fans here in the States would presumably elicit no more than blank stares, musicians--especially those in the Netherlands--know him well, as Pronk has been a renowned jazz luminary in that country for many years, earning the prestigious Nordring Radio Prize in 1981 and Blaupunkt Music Award in 1988 for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Netherlands Metropole Orchestra: Metropole Orkest

Read "Metropole Orkest" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here’s one for the books. The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, which has earned worldwide acclaim backing artists from Charles Aznavour, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole to Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson and the Yellowjackets, flies solo here, shining the spotlight on its own drawing cards with generally dazzling results — as would be expected from an orchestra that ...