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FORQ: Four

Read "Four" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Forq has come a long way.

Since Keyboardist Henry Hey and (Snarky Puppy) bassist Michael League started the quartet with drummer Jason JT Thomas and guitarist Adam Rogers, Forq has gone through some crucial personnel changes. Rogers left after the first album and was replaced by Snarky Puppy guitarist Chris McQueen. Recording two more ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jesse Byrom-Carter: The Next Tomorrow Is Yesterday

Read "The Next Tomorrow Is Yesterday" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Jesse Byrom-Carter is a young bassist from Australia who has put together a CD that uses several talented players on horns, guitar and vocals to carve a distinctive path within the world of rock, jazz and soul fusions.

One of his key collaborators is guitarist Adam Rogers whose distinctive slippery sound slithers through the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Various Venues
Montréal, Canada
June 27 -July 1, 2019

Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jesse Byrom-Carter: The Next Tomorrow Is Yesterday

Read "The Next Tomorrow Is Yesterday" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Australian-born bassist Jesse Byrom-Carter finds himself at home in the New York City jazz scene with his first album. His compositional strength is at the forefront, with tunes that contain discernable melodies and a controlled, yet dynamic, rhythmic range. The ensemble is tethered nicely, with a prudent use of soloing. Instead, the listener is treated to ...

Edward Simon: Sorrows & Triumphs

Read "Sorrows & Triumphs" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La figura di Edward Simon ha punti di contatto con quella di Guillermo Klein. Entrambi sudamericani sono pianisti, compositori e bandleader residenti da decenni negli Stati Uniti (Simon s'è trasferito dal Venezuela a 12 anni per studiare alla Performing Arts School di Filadelfia) e realizzano personali sintesi tra jazz contemporaneo, folklore dell'America Latina e raffinate soluzioni ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world.

One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Justin Morell: Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra

Read "Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Justin Morell, himself a world-class guitarist, does not play guitar (or anything else) on this splendid new album, which, even so, could not have taken flight without him. Morell, an assistant professor of music at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, composed and arranged the inclusive three-movement Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra, performed in his stead ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Frost Concert Jazz Band Under The Direction Of John Daversa Releases Concerto For Guitar And Jazz Orchestra By Justin Morell, Featuring Adam Rogers

Frost Concert Jazz Band Under The Direction Of John Daversa Releases Concerto For Guitar And Jazz Orchestra By Justin Morell, Featuring Adam Rogers

Jazz is an art form that allows musicians to drawn upon an endless array of stylistic and cultural traditions. While a number of jazz artists have incorporated the sophisticated forms of classical music in their writing and performances, there are few true concerto works for a jazz orchestra and fewer still composed for guitar. On Concerto for Guitar ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington at Royce Hall

Read "Terri Lyne Carrington at Royce Hall" reviewed by Cristofer Gross

Terri Lyne Carrington
Celebrating Tina Turner, Nancy Wilson and Joni Mitchell
Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA
November 9, 2018

In 1998, Terri Lyne Carrington was the second musician to arrive for one of Herbie Hancock's Gershwin's World recording sessions. Joni Mitchell was already there, and while they waited for saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Stefon Harris & Joe Locke: Vibes Away!

Read "Stefon Harris & Joe Locke: Vibes Away!" reviewed by Doug Collette

Within the realm of modern jazz, the vibraphone has long enticed unusually imaginative musicians to explore the possibilities of the instrument. Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Burton have essentially reinvented the vibes for successive generations, while Warren Wolf and Yuhan Su, among others, continue to reconfigure its appeal to entice contemporary audiences. Respective studio works ...