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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Walker: You Get What You Give

Read "You Get What You Give" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

Often, there is a tendency among jazz fans to simply pass by albums with drummers as the leaders of a CD release, as if they--the drummer/leaders--know less about jazz or music in general. As if examples of Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach or those excellent vocal albums by Grady Tate are not good enough examples. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Greg Abate & The Tim Ray Trio: Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

Read "Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If somehow you haven't yet heard saxophonist Greg Abate (pronounced Uh-BAH-tay), now in his seventh decade and as sharp and eloquent an orator as ever, it is high time you did. The Rhode Island native is an earnest post-bopper from the Phil Woods / Bud Shank school of straight-on swinging, and Gratitude, Abate's fourth album with ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Fourth Night)

Read "23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Fourth Night)" reviewed by Pablo Reyes

On January 6, the fourth and final night of the 23rd Punta del Este Jazz Festival in Uruguay featured pianist Aaron Diehl's trio including bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Quincy Davis as well as the duo of vocalist Nnenna Freelon and guitarist Chico Pinheiro. Alto saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera also presented The Music of Chick ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar

Read "Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar" reviewed by Nat Seelen

Paquito D'Rivera Quintet
Regattabar
Cambridge, MA
October 19, 2018

For over four decades, Paquito D'Rivera has been an institution in the global music scene. Flitting between jazz, latin, and classical music since he was a boy studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he's logged thousands of miles, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael William Gilbert: Radio Omnibus

Read "Radio Omnibus" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Computers and technology have changed our lives in so many ways that it is hard to fathom the speed in which our lives have transformed. This rapid transformation also applies to music. Home studios and digital distribution for the modern-day artist allows more musicians per capita to get their music heard on a larger scale. What ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael William Gilbert: Radio Omnibus

Read "Radio Omnibus" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Much electronic music seems to fall into three distinct categories: 1) droning angst, dredged from the primordial soup, given a beat to get tribal to; 2) wash upon wave upon wash of textured android spirituality; 3) hugely unlistenable, period. But Michael William Gilbert's Radio Omnibus has a humor to it, and where humor is, lies a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Oregon alla Casa del Jazz di Roma

Read "Oregon alla Casa del Jazz di Roma" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Oregon
Summertime 2017
Casa del Jazz
Roma
17.7.2017

Quello degli Oregon è un gradito ritorno sulle scene romane dopo qualche anno di assenza, in occasione del tour per la presentazione del nuovo album, Lantern, appena pubblicato dalla CAM Jazz, e primo lavoro con il nuovo contrabbassista, il nostro Paolino ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oregon: Lantern

Read "Lantern" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Pochi gruppi, soprattutto nel mondo del jazz, possono vantare una tenuta così lunga come quella degli Oregon, che si sta ormai avvicinando al mezzo secolo di vita (il quartetto è stato fondato nel 1970). Lantern è il trentesimo titolo della loro discografia (contando anche un paio di antologie), pubblicato come i quattro precedenti dalla etichetta italiana ...