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ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's Tone Poet Series

Read "Blue Note's Tone Poet Series" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

With CD-quality streaming a reality for those with butch internet and money to burn, and vanilla streaming the reality for almost everyone else, digital music has never seemed less collectable. Why clutter your Marie Kondo-approved home with jewel boxes when much (though heaven knows not all) of the digital catalogue is available on tap? While compact ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Sonny Buxton: Mid-Day Saturdays and A Radio Master Class With Strayhorn's Last Drummer

Read "Sonny Buxton: Mid-Day Saturdays and A Radio Master Class With Strayhorn's Last Drummer" reviewed by Arthur R George

Sociologist, anthropologist, historian: storyteller, raconteur, entrepreneur and griot, in the guise of a deejay. Registrar, dean, professor: The jazz class of Sonny Buxton is barely concealed as entertainment within his weekly radio program every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time on San Francisco Bay Area FM station KCSM 91.1, streaming live on kcsm.org.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sigmar Matthíasson: Arora

Read "Arora" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Now working and studying in New York, Icelandic bassist/composer Sigmar Matthiasson crossed the cold Atlantic with the groundbreaking sounds of Jaco Pastorius, Led Zeppelin, Reggie Workman, Ron Carter, and Scott LaFaro in his head and dreams.

It's no wonder that Matthíasson's lyrical and eminently likable debut recording exhibits such a classic American feel. From ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tom Kennedy: In A New York Minute

Read "Tom Kennedy: In A New York Minute" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Riding high on the low end since arriving in New York City in 1984, premier jazz and fusion bassist Tom Kennedy has shared his groove and innate musicality all over the world. He has shared the stage and recording studio with a long list of varied and talented artists. Names like Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd, Lee ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet at Birdland Theater

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Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet
Birdland Theater
New York
January 16, 2019

In the tumultuous, twenty-five year interim since his debut, Black Art took the early to mid-'90s jazz community by storm. Pianist Darrell Grant has built for himself a solid, respected, and steady, if low-profile rep; an unapologetic, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: MPS: 50 Years

Read "MPS: 50 Years" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In 2018, MPS--Musik Produktion Schwarzwald--Records, Germany's first jazz label, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Pianist Oscar Peterson recorded the first release for MPS after his contract with Verve expired. Its catalog expanded to feature George Duke, Red Garland, Wolfgang Dauner, Horst Jankowski, George Shearing, Monty Alexander and many other pianists. Violin became the label's second most featured ...

One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany

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Tony Adamo
Was Out Jazz Zone Mad
Ropeadope
2018

Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same role, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Emmet Cohen Trio: Dirty in Detroit

Read "Dirty in Detroit" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's very comforting to know that, in a year of intense turmoil on every possible level, firebrand pianist Emmet Cohen bookended an otherwise dire 2018 with his hotly-received Masters Legacy Series Volume 2, featuring Ron Carter, and ended the year with this palpably joyful romp Dirty In Detroit.

Ready to party and blow off ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matador: Ducon

Read "Ducon" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Uruguayan guitarist and composer Santiago Bogacz, who goes by the stage name Matador, has already proven his virtuosity and adventurous spirit on a number of eponymous solo EPs, each with gorgeous abstract art work as a distinguishing feature. Ducón is his second duet release after the poetic Cabala (Self Produced, 2018). This time he has teamed ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Carter: Still Searching for the Right Notes

Read "Ron Carter: Still Searching for the Right Notes" reviewed by Rob Garratt

"People from newspapers and magazines always ask me two things," Ron Carter tells a reverent crowd from a stage in suburban Hong Kong. “What was it like playing with Miles Davis? And why am I still doing this?" He answers the latter enquiry by pointing left and right simultaneously at his two diligent sidemen, pianist Donald ...