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Herbie Hancock: Quintessential Quintet Live

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It was a thunderous, sprawling, and intoxicatingly brilliant performance. And that was just the first fifteen minutes of Herbie Hancock's extraordinary concert Wednesday night, March 7, at the Balboa Theater in downtown San Diego, presented by the La Jolla Music Society.

Before introducing his exceptionally talented bandmates, Hancock jokingly told the crowd that he, ...


Leni Stern: Finally The Fame Has Come

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Leni Stern has long been a triumphant voice of inspiration. The truth and steadfast beauty of her lyrics and music has touched many hearts around the world.

Recognition is a slippery slope, especially when one is not seeking or prioritizing it. Stern has stayed true to her roots and focused her impressive compositions, vocals, ...


Pat Martino: In the Moment

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Legendary guitarist Pat Martino is devoted to living in the Here and Now! -coincidentally the title of his autobiography (DaCapo, 2011). Taking each moment as it is and adding full measures of love and spirituality, Martino is now well into his sixth decade as one of the most revered and sought after jazz musicians on the ...


12 Most Read Album Reviews: 2017

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent the top 12 published in 2017.

There Is No Love
David Sylvian
by Phil Barnes
Published: July 18, 2017

Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian
Sarah Partridge


Jim Worsley's Best Releases of 2017

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As 2017 was another exceptional year in new music, choosing the recordings that rise above is a daunting task. It is also a lot of fun. Yes, such “drudgery" to listen to countless strong musical efforts from artists all over the world. The vast spectrum of seasoned pros, to new blood, and everything in between provided ...


Mike Stern: Half Crazy

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SoCal Jazz is back from safari to the auspicious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. A follow-up with guitarist Mike Stern was the primary itinerary for this trip. Trip is the name of Stern's new record, just in case you missed the play on words. Unfortunately, Stern had a trip of another kind in 2016. How ...


Mike Stern: What A Trip

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"I never trip. I just don't. But then, it just happened." This is how Mike Stern began his story as he explained to my wife and I how it happened.

If you somehow missed it, “it" refers to the tumble Stern took in July of 2016. This accidental fall resulting in both shoulders being ...


Sandro Zerafa - Direttore artistico del Malta Jazz Festival

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Il Malta Jazz Festival è uno degli appuntamenti significativi dell'estate musicale in area mediterranea. Ha una vita quasi trentennale e dal 2009 è diretto dal chitarrista Sandro Zerafa, maltese di nascita ma operante professionalmente a Parigi. Come emerge dall'intervista, Zerafa è convinto che un festival jazz può trovare ampi consensi senza uscire dai confini di questa ...


Mike Stern: Trip

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In the blink of an eye an accident can happen and when it does it can be a life-altering event. Think of a brain surgeon or a pro quarterback. Think of what it would mean it they suffered some sort of injury which made it impossible to grasp a scalpel or throw a football with the ...


Marius Preda: Mission Cimbalom

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Rarely does an instrument come along with a band leader that is so worthy of attention for bringing a new and unheard sound to the world of jazz. With Mission Cimbalom, Marius Preda has accomplished both in one album. Preda performs on a cimbalom, which is a concert hammered dulcimer: a type of chordophone composed of ...