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David Ricard Big Band: Parallels

Read "Parallels" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whatever else the fates may decree, fortune must be smiling when one can open a big-band album with the workaday theme from “Spider-Man" and make it shine. Bassist David Ricard is fortune's beneficiary here, as are those partisans who are lucky enough to chance upon Parallels, Ricard's third and most recent treatise on big-band excellence. Whereas ...

Dead Composers Club: The Chopin Project

Read "The Chopin Project" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Saxophonist Noah Preminger has a reputation for exploring various genres outside jazz, like protest music and old-time delta blues. He has now formed a group called Dead Composers Club, with drummer Rob Garcia, to perform the works of various composers who are no longer with us. With Preminger's track record that could mean anybody from Duke ...

Dead Composers Club: The Chopin Project

Read "The Chopin Project" reviewed by Geno Thackara

We have a pretty clear case of truth in advertising here; this top-notch recording offers exactly what it says on the tin. With the first installment of their Dead Composers Club project, Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia pay affectionate respect to a well-known oeuvre while still keeping it a long way from predictable. Fittingly enough for ...

Michael Feinberg: Whatever Possessed Me

Read "Whatever Possessed Me" reviewed by Don Phipps

Tribute bands are glowingly appreciated by fans of great rock acts; perhaps it's time jazz fans got with it! Michael Feinberg's Whatever Possessed Me is a dedication to the works and sound of John Coltrane and his classic quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. The performances on this album are so good, one ...

Noah Preminger: Genuinity

Read "Genuinity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Quite often when an über-talented musician records a disc under his own name, he uses sidemen of lesser talent so as not to detract from his moment in the limelight, or because his ego won't allow him to play nice. That has never been the case with saxophonist Noah Preminger. On Genuinity, his tenth disc released ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Art of the Duo: Keys and Reeds

Read "The Art of the Duo: Keys and Reeds" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Two duos, both alike in dignity, though taking the approach to very different ends:

Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch
Live in Healdsburg
Anzic Records
2018

What's taken these two so long? Okay, of course they've both juggled collaborations and cross-pollinations in many different contexts, and considering the nature ...

Noah Preminger-Frank Carlberg: Whispers And Cries

Read "Whispers And Cries" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A duo doing standards doesn't theoretically smack of originality in 2018, yet a number of present tense saxophone-piano pairings have demonstrated otherwise. Last fall, soprano maverick Sam Newsome and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc went down the rabbit hole with a good number of classics for Magic Circle (Self Produced, 2017)); around the same time, saxophone icon Dave ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

And what a year it was. With all hurricanes, raging fires, and end-of-the-world politics, we were fortunate to have the magical salve that is music. Complied here are my favorite releases of this past year. I tried to pare down a long list of 50 to 10, but it was impossible. The music you see below ...

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...

John Patitucci: Irmãos De Fé

Read "Irmãos De Fé" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Newvelle Records, the New York based, vinyl-only subscription label, was launched by jazz pianist by Elan Mehler and Parisian, Jean-Christophe Morisseau in 2016. With a high-end, boutique collection that has included digitally recorded, 180g pressings for Frank Kimbrough, Noah Preminger and Jack DeJohnette, the label opens its second season with the iconoclastic bassist, and multiple Grammy ...