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NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mulgrew Miller

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mulgrew Miller

All About Jazz is celebrating Mulgrew Miller's birthday today!

Mulgrew Miller is an American jazz pianist born in 1955 in Greenwood, Mississippi. In a childhood filled with early musical experiences, mostly playing gospel music in his church and R&B and blues at dances. Mulgrew was constantly meddling in jazz piano, and established a trio in ...

Theo Hill: Interstellar Adventures

Read "Interstellar Adventures" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hot on the heels of his heralded 2017 effort Promethean, the five covers and five originals on his latest Interstellar Adventures serve as rousing calling-cards for Theo Hill as he continues his steady, determined ascent into the contemporary ranks of vital and inspired jazz pianists.

With the exciting, percussive talents of bassist Rashaan Carter ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andrew Kushnir: Influences

Read "Influences" reviewed by Don Phipps

Judging from the album cover, a coffee-filled cup on a drum, one might anticipate that drummer Andrew Kushnir's debut album, Influences, would be a hard charging affair. And Kushnir and his trio (Ryan Slatko on piano and Rick Rosato on bass) do not disappoint. The trio offers up some head-bobbing jazz at its finest.

ARTICLE: GENIUS GUIDE TO JAZZ

Rising Stars: The Beginning of the Han Dynasty

Read "Rising Stars: The Beginning of the Han Dynasty" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

As I write this, there is a government shutdown in effect due to a budget impasse. What that means to you, kids, is that I am free to do whatever the hell I want without the constrictive Federal Jazz Commission telling me what is and isn't appropriate material for this column. If I wanted to write ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace

Read "The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Brian McCarthy Quartet
FlynnSpace
Burlington, Vermont
December 2, 2017

A performance in recognition of the release of its album Codex (Self Produced, 2017), The Brian McCarthy Quartet effectively transposed the sparse, spacious quality of the recording to this intimate venue adjacent to the Queen City's Performing Arts Center. In ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention

Read "Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Bill Anschell strikes me as a man with boundless curiosity. You perceive this in conversation, in his sense of humor, the patient manner in which he listens on and off the bandstand. You sense it in his inventive compositions, the rhythmic complexity, and the musical conception that lyrically imprints an authentic sense of melody. His work ...

Ulysses Owens, Jr.: Falling Forward

Read "Falling Forward" reviewed by James Nadal

Amidst a successful trajectory as a sought-after drummer with some of the premier jazz bands in the business, Ulysses Owens, Jr. has decided to take a giant step outside his comfort zone with Falling Forward, his fourth venture as leader. In a radical departure from typical jazz ensemble configurations, the assembled group consists of Owens, bassist ...

Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul

Read "Music From Our Soul" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Charnett Moffett is one of those figures that we tend to take for granted, mostly because it seems like he's simply always been here. The once-upon-a-time child prodigy has been omnipresent on the scene since the mid '80s, holding down the low end for jazz's elite while bringing strength, consistency, and creativity to the fore ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Knut Riisn├Žs Quartet: 2nd Thoughts

Read "2nd Thoughts" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Contemporary Norwegian jazz has a well-deserved reputation for atmospheric beauty. Such players as saxophonists Jan Garbarek and Trygve Seim, trumpeters Nils Petter Molvær and Arve Henriksen, and guitarists Terje Rypdal and Eivind Aarset (all associated with ECM Records) have attracted international attention for many years. But Norway also has strong roots in bebop, and the Knut ...