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Quinsin Nachoff's Flux: Path Of Totality

Read "Path Of Totality" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Quinsin Nachoff is a saxophonist and composer who draws inspiration from the world around him. The 2017 solar eclipse, the 2016 American presidential election, Kenny Wheeler and John Cage all figured in the creation of the music on Path Of Totality, an ambitious program combining jazz, classical music and prog rock. It is performed by his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Walker: Ropes

Read "Ropes" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Ropes is Manchester-based guitarist Mike Walker's second album as a leader and it couldn't be much more different from his fusion-oriented debut Madhouse and the Whole Thing There (Hidden Idiom, 2008). This album is a jazz-with-strings affair and a fine one at that. The mood is mostly gentler, more reflective and more pastoral than on his ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Turville: Head First

Read "Head First" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Head First is British pianist John Turville's first album in a quintet format. His previous albums Midas (2010) and Conception (2012), both on the F-IRE label, were trio dates and, on his most recent album Red Skies (Splash Point Digital, 2013), he duetted with vocalist Brigitte Beraha. He has also been a member of the Solstice ...

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Tomasz Dabrowski: Ninjazz

Read "Ninjazz" reviewed by Don Phipps

Dark and foreboding, with a slight touch of heat, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski's album Ninjazz offers up a selection of work that reminds one of his mentor, the late great Tomasz Stanko, with a bit of Enrico Rava, Kenny Wheeler, and Mark Isham thrown in for good measure.

Dabrowski is joined on this effort ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Quinsin Nachoff's Flux: Path Of Totality

Read "Path Of Totality" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The title of Quinsin Nachoff's ambitious double album refers to the August 2017 lunar eclipse, when the moon passed in front of the sun and cast a shadow known as the “path of totality." This event also gave rise to a twin-headed metaphor reflecting both his band's creative evolutionary process and the current political and environmental ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Wheeler's birthday today!

Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rembrandt Frerichs Trio + Sylvain Rifflet & Joce Mienniel Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Rembrandt Frerichs Trio + Sylvain Rifflet & Joce Mienniel Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Dutch pianist Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater and Vinsent Planjer have developed a telepathic interplay thanks to more than a decade of collective work as a trio. With their concert series Made in Europe they expand their vision far beyond their national borders. After a successful edition with Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu for this concert they perform ...

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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work

Read "All Can Work" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A un decennio circa dalle incisioni di A Blessing ed Eternal Interlude, il Large Ensemble di John Hollenbeck torna alla New Amsterdam Records per un album ricco di coinvolgenti percorsi. Nei vari brani il batterista/orchestratore ricorda il trombettista Laurie Frink, rilegge uno dei classici ellingtoniani dalla Far East Suite e un tema dei Kraftwerk, omaggia John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music

Read "Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music" reviewed by Chris May

Library music--aka stock or production music--was first marketed in the 1920s, to be used by “picture palaces" showing silent movies. Its golden age came during the 1960s and 1970s, when it provided off-the-shelf incidental music for radio, television, film and advertising. Ever since Quentin Tarantino included recordings by one of that era's most prolific British library-music ...