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ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...


John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...


Mikkel Ploug: Alleviation

Read "Alleviation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Alleviation is a fascinatingly winsome document showcasing what occurs when tool serves as muse. While out and about in New York in 2016, Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug happened upon a musical curio--a mahogany-top Gibson Banner LG-2. The instrument, essentially a wartime relic made by the (mostly) female work force in Gibson's Kalamazoo plant in the early ...


Berlin Jazzfest 2017

Read "Berlin Jazzfest 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Jazzfest Berlin
November 4-5, 2017

This year it was the last edition of Berlin Jazzfest under the aegis of British artistic director Richard Williams. With its “In All Languages" adage running through the six-day program as red thread, the festival still had promising ...


Kurrent Duo at The Bop Stop

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Kurrent Duo with Brian Charette and Jordan Young
The Bop Stop
Cleveland, Ohio
October 26, 2017

Taking the tried and true organ trio format and turning it on its side, Brian Charette's latest self-produced release is a mind-bending mélange of colors that is certainly one of the best recordings of ...


Brian Charette: Kurrent

Read "Kurrent" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The density of new releases and their voluminous level of innovation and experimentation in the current New York jazz scene is somewhat remarkable. The usage of Synthesizers, programming and bending up to completely dissolving compositional structure, as ever so often exemplified by Mary Halvorson, are experiments more and more frequently encountered every day.

Leading ...


Brian Charette Circuit Bent Organ Trio: Kurrent

Read "Kurrent" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

A mainstay of the New York scene since the '90s, organist Brian Charette has a worldly view on music that makes it hard to contain all his pent up musical energies in a conventional way. This partly explains why his recent spate of records for the Posi-Tone label seemed to satisfy while still leaving one with ...


Dan Bruce's Beta Collective: Earthshine

Read "Earthshine" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On the first listen, it's easy to fall under the sway of the sweetness of Dan Bruce's silky guitar tone, only to miss the substance at the heart of his music. Just as similar guitarists like Ben Monder or Kurt Rosenwinkel possess a generous, accessible sound with an exploratory edge, Bruce brings a finely-polished technique that ...


Jazz at the Nash Volume 2: Roots in AZ

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This is the second in a series of In Pictures articles on The Nash, a jazz club and educational institution that is at the heart of the jny: Phoenix jazz universe. This article celebrates visiting musicians who have roots in Arizona.

Tenor titan Tony Malaby, a native of Tucson, brought his outstanding group Paloma ...


Siena Jazz International Summer Workshop

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Siena Jazz International Summer Workshop
Siena, Italy
July 24 -August 5, 2017

The Fortezza Medicea occupies a commanding position just outside the ancient city of Siena, where it has kept a watchful eye on the city's inhabitants since the mid-16th century. Built by occupying forces, it no longer poses a threat to ...