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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stefano Travaglini - Massimiliano Coclite: The Long Line

Read "The Long Line" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Italian pianists Stefano Travaglini and Massimiliano Coclite team up for a varied session of original improvisations and those influenced by composers of historical consequence. Both artists are coming from inspiring releases, Travaglini with his solo album Ellipse (Notami Jazz, 2017) and Coclite with his namesake quartet on Strange People (Odardek Records, 2018). These two musicians have ...

Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band: Begin Again

Read "Begin Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Fred Hersch, who needs no introduction to most well-informed jazz enthusiasts, is by and large known as a leader of trios and other small groups. Begin Again displays another side of Hersch's appreciable talents: nine of his handsome compositions, astutely recast by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and impressively performed by Germany's superb WDR ...

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Vince Mendoza

One of the most versatile and prolific composer–arranger–conductors of the last three decades, multi-Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza has written arrangements for a wide variety of pop and jazz artists, from Joni Mitchell, Sting, Melody Gardot, Elvis Costello and Bjork to Joe Zawinul, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Al Di Meola, Dave Liebman, Michael and Randy Brecker, and Robert Glasper His compositions have appeared on recordings by the likes of saxophonist Michael Brecker, guitarist John Abercrombie, drummer Peter Erskine, trumpeter Sean Jones and singer Kurt Elling. As a leader, Mendoza has released 10 recordings for the Blue Note, ACT, Blue Jackel and Zebra labels, including 1997’s Epiphany (with the London Symphony Orchestra) and 2011’s Nights on Earth, featuring an all-star cast and members of the Metropole Orkest, with which Mendoza has been associated since 1995

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ike Quebec at 100, D-Stringz & A Walk On The Outside

Read "Ike Quebec at 100, D-Stringz & A Walk On The Outside" reviewed by Marc Cohn

A show from the 2018 archive with a salute to Ike Quebec, a wickedly good session with Stanley Clarke, Bireli Lagrene and Jean-Luc Ponty that you might have missed, as well as coloring outside the lines with Mary Halvorson, Henry Threadgill and Charles Mingus with Roland Kirk. Oh, and our usual dose of grease & funk. ...

I nuovi progetti di Miho Hazama

Read "I nuovi progetti di Miho Hazama" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È da mezzo secolo, ovvero dai tempi Toshiko Akiyoshi, che dal Giappone non emergeva una bandleader così talentuosa. A soli 33 anni Miho brucia letteralmente le tappe: presenta il terzo disco a capo del suo collettivo M_Unit Dancer in Nowhere e, quasi in contemporanea e sempre per la Sunnyside Records, la sua personale rilettura dei classici ...

NEWS: EVENT

Int'l Society Of Jazz Arrangers & Composers' May 16-18, 2019 At The University Of Northern Colorado

Int'l Society Of Jazz Arrangers & Composers' May 16-18, 2019 At The University Of Northern Colorado

Almost 100 individuals from over 25 states and 10 countries will be sharing their work, philosophies, techniques, and insights over the 2.5 day conference. If you haven't already registered and made plans to attend...do so now! Discounted early-bird registration ends March 22nd. For more information (including hotel & travel) registration, and program ad opportunities, visit isjac.org. Featured Artist Lineup The ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

And the winners of the 2019 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only. SOME ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Jazz Scores And Analysis By Richard Lawn Now Available!

Jazz Scores And Analysis By Richard Lawn Now Available!

Jazz Scores and Analysis, Vol. 1
by Rick Lawn Full scores and in-depth analysis of contemporary, large ensemble works by six Grammy-nominated composers: Vince Mendoza, Bob Mintzer, Jim McNeely, John Fedchock, John Hollenbeck, and Darcy James Argue. Following in the footsteps of Rayburn Wright's seminal work, Inside the Score, this book gives a guided tour into ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Antonio Sanchez - WDR Big Band conducted by Vince Mendoza: Channels of Energy

Read "Channels of Energy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La relazione tra la Cam Records di Ermanno Basso e il noto batterista messicano si fa sempre più eclettica e appassionante. Nel dicembre 2016, poche settimane dopo l'incisione del disco in solo di Antonio Sanchez Bad Hombre (pubblicato qualche mese fa), s'è concretizzato nel Rundfunk Studio di Colonia un sogno lungamente accarezzato dal produttore e dal ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Moers Festival 2018

Read "Moers Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Moers Festival
Moers, Germany
May 18-21, 2018

The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched ...