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Kjetil Jerve / Tim Thornton / Anders Thorén: Circumstances

Read "Circumstances" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Astonishingly, this international trio--Kjetil Jerve from Norway, Tim Thornton from the UK and Anders Thorén from Sweden--had played only one concert together before they recorded the studio tracks from which the contents of this album were gleaned. That recording session lasted two hours but here has been whittled down to just under an hour's worth of ...


Seven Women 2018 – Part II

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part II" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hey, this is starting to become a habit.

Nina Simone
Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles
Bethlehem Records

Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles is a tidy summation of the first recordings made by vocalist/pianist Nina Simone. According to the liner notes, these selections, the singles releases ...


Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center

Read "Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Tierney Sutton Band
Newman Center
Denver, Colorado
January 11, 2018

The Tierney Sutton Band has been known for some time as a unit that takes jazz standards and runs them through its magical musical box and something very, very different emerges. Usually, the results are somewhat recognizable, other times the ...


Jessica Lurie: In It For The Long Haul

Read "Jessica Lurie: In It For The Long Haul" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music, in all its forms, spread throughout world culture, is deeply embedded in the American experience. It is a culture based phenomena uniquely reflecting that experience in such a personal and expressive way as to embrace the myriad of crosscurrents that express new interpretations of the form.

It is deep as the physicality ...


Dick Oatts: Use Your Imagination

Read "Use Your Imagination" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

At two adjacent points in this admirable recording, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts makes riveting, emotionally resonant sounds that transcend matters of style, execution and technique. These memorable moments stand apart from the customary pleasures and somewhat cerebral considerations of lending an ear to a jazz record. In both instances, Oatts' isn't intentionally tugging at heartstrings or ...


Winter 2017

Read "Winter 2017" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh
Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations

Because the multiplicity ...


Seal: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It shouldn't be a surprise that Seal would take on the American songbook, with a baritone that was made for classics like “Autumn Leaves" and “Love for Sale." Born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel in Paddington, England, the singer, guitarist and composer rose to fame with his global hits, and Grammy-winning songs, “Crazy" and “Kiss From a ...


Enzo Pietropaoli: The Princess

Read "The Princess" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It can be risky for jazz musicians to play pop songs. They have to navigate the memories that each composition holds for the listener while also making the music distinctive and personal. Miles Davis could do it with Michael Jackson's “Human Nature" and Cyndi Lauper's “Time After Time," and of course Sonny Rollins can make any ...


Giulio Stermieri: Stopping

Read "Stopping" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Basta scorrere la scaletta del disco per farsi un'idea dei riferimenti musicali di questo piano trio e apprezzarne preventivamente il coraggio: un brano a testa di Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman e Paul Motian, ben tre di Carla Bley. Non male.

Certo, il coraggio di fare cotante scelte non immunizza dalla possibilità di ...


Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond
Paris Bistro and Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
August 26, 2017

The Paris Bistro and Jazz Café is in Chestnut Hill, a neighborhood in the Northwest corner of Philadelphia that's like an upscale village all its own, with boutique stores and restaurants and the last stop on the ...