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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

It may be unwieldy to keep a large jazz ensemble together for economic reasons but this year was still full of outstanding big band recordings, whether done through commissions, arrangers working with established orchestras or even actual working ensembles. Several of the releases on my list are examples of that. Also this year had the usual ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Edward Simon: Sorrows & Triumphs

Read "Sorrows & Triumphs" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This project by pianist Edward Simon blends together many diverse elements. The music combines classical formalism with jazz energy and is performed by a combination of Simon's jazz quartet, Afinidad, and the woodwind quintet, Imani Winds, with some guest musicians added in. The compositions themselves are movements of two separate suites written by Simon, “Sorrows And ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Shorter: Without a Net

Read "Without a Net" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The cover art of Without a Net alone might raise a few eyebrows, but it's the music that proves saxophonist Wayne Shorter is still one of jazz's most ardent provocateurs. In his return to Blue Note after 43 years, Shorter--who turns 80 in 2013-- demonstrates his ongoing vitality and ingenuity as an extraordinary composer, improviser, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Imani Winds: The Classical Underground

Read "The Classical Underground" reviewed by Russ Musto

Imani Winds is a contemporary woodwind quintet whose music is quietly breaking down the artificial barrier between the classical and jazz idioms. The group's members--Valerie Coleman (flute), Toyin Spellman (oboe), Mariam Adam (clarinet), Monica Ellis (bassoon), and Jeff Scott (French horn)--are young Afro-Americans intent on integrating their American Negro and Afro-Caribbean musical traditions into their chosen ...