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Getting Past (E)Go

Read "Getting Past (E)Go" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I like to play squash, and the best advice a pro ever gave me was this: “Hit the ball in the middle of the racquet." Do you have any idea how difficult that simple piece of advice is to master?

Not so long ago, a friend (Brent Vaartstra) posted a great podcast about overcoming ...

Katie Thiroux Trio at South Jazz Parlor

Read "Katie Thiroux Trio at South Jazz Parlor" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Katie Thiroux Trio
South Jazz Parlor
jny: Philadelphia, PA
February 24, 2018

In time-honored Philly tradition, South is the kind of venue that recognizes jazz as a vital staple rather than just another aspect of business. Nestled on a corner in Center City's bustling north side (go figure), the place features ...


GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet

Read "GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star in a lost galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."

This somewhat gloomy prognosis might sound like a line straight from Douglas Adam's surrealistic comic novel ...


Sonny Rollins: Way Out West

Read "Way Out West" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In crisp, fly-on-the-wall audiophile quality, Craft Recordings celebrates the 60th anniversary of Sonny Rollins Way Out West with a deluxe packaged 2LP set, featuring four previously unreleased (a sharper toned “There Is No Greater Love" and Take 1 of the title track are fine listens) as well as three alternate takes, new historically rich and contemporaneous ...


Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

Oscar Peterson was an exceptional jazz pianist, especially in front of a live audience. His rousing playing style and robust sense of swing swept up everyone in a concert hall. My favorite live period for Peterson is from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. Here are three recently posted videos from this era: Here's Peterson with ...


The Christian McBride Trio at the Tin Pan

Read "The Christian McBride Trio at the Tin Pan" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Christian McBride strode onto the stage of the Tin Pan in Richmond, VA. to announce that his regular pianist, Christian Sands, and drummer, Jerome Jennings, (refereed to as his younger brothers) could not be with him for their performance. He phoned a couple of his friends, (referring to them as his big brothers), to see if ...


Giuseppe Millaci: Songbook

Read "Songbook" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Inspired by the iconic bassists Ray Brown and Dave Holland, Italian bassist Giuseppe Millaci and his vogue trio--compelling pianist Amaury Faye and drummer Lionel Beuvens have themselves a real sweet, fluid listening disc that poses much promise for the years ahead.

“Nostalgia Op.1" sets the course early with an intuitive, rolling ease that belies ...


Monday Night Big Band with Kristin Korb at Malmo Live

Read "Monday Night Big Band with Kristin Korb at Malmo Live" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Monday Night Big Band Featuring Kristin Korb
Malmo Live
Malmo, Sweden
October 30, 2017

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. While its longevity is impressive, so is the wide-ranging the influence of the organization, which was started by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis in the mid-sixties. In ...


Frank Sinatra: Portrait Of An Album | Sinatra Sings

Read "Frank Sinatra: Portrait Of An Album | Sinatra Sings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Frank Sinatra
Portrait Of An Album | Sinatra Sings
Eagle Rock Entertainment

The third release in The Frank Sinatra Collection concludes with the compilation Sinatra Sings, a retrospective of particularly memorable moments across forty years of Sinatra performances in the studio, on the stage, and on TV, narrated by his ...

Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan: Small Town

Read "Small Town" reviewed by Luca Canini

A certi dischi non si può far altro che arrendersi. C'è poco da raccontare, da spiegare. Li si ascolta e li si ama: punto. Senza porre condizioni o veti, senza affannarsi a cercare giustificazioni. Quello che c'è da sapere è tutto lì. E arriva dritto e preciso alla testa e al cuore.

Dritto, ...