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North Sea Jazz 2018

Read "North Sea Jazz 2018" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob Reynolds: Communication Is Key

Read "Bob Reynolds: Communication Is Key" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Bob Reynolds, a saxophonist and composer of note with nine recordings under his own name and a work load that has him playing with artists like Larry Carlton, Snarky Puppy, Josh Groban, John Mayer and others, pauses when considering the genre of jazz and how he fits in.

Reynolds doesn't have to apply his ...

Lionel Loueke: Close Your Eyes

Read "Close Your Eyes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Three short seasons and fifteen releases into Newvelle Records' vinyl subscription service, guitarist Lionel Loueke is the first artist to be featured a second time as a leader/co-leader. The Benin-born Loueke holds a Jazz Performance degree from Berklee and has played with many top artists including his mentor Herbie Hancock, George Garzone, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Haden ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Eric Reed at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club

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Hard Bop continues to find a home in NY's Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. For decades the room featured One for All -a group whose stalwart players Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, David Hazeltine, John Webber, Jim Rotondi, and Joe Farnsworth had critics comparing them to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. These players often led smaller groups into ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels a Empoli Jazz

Read "Charles Lloyd & The Marvels a Empoli Jazz" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Empoli Jazz 2018
Piazza Farina degli Uberti
9.7.2018

A ottant'anni suonati Charles Lloyd non ha perso né la voglia di suonare, né quella di divertirsi, e lo ha dimostrato per la data d'apertura di Empoli Jazz 2018, nel meraviglioso scenario di Piazza Farinata degli Uberti, ove ...

Charles Lloyd: Vanished Gardens

Read "Vanished Gardens" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Far be it from me to cast a shadow on Vanished Gardens, Charles Lloyd's 80th birthday release. With a career spanning my point of conception to now, as I try to make sense of it all, is my two cents really necessary? So “Defiant" starts out as an extended shadowy and supple Lloyd solo as the ...

Joey Alexander: Eclipse

Read "Eclipse" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Pianist Joey Alexander knows how and when to strike the ivories. At the age of 14 he has already recorded two GRAMMY-nominated studio albums, My Favorite Things (Motema Music, 2015) and Countdown (Motema Music, 2016). Late in 2017, Alexander released Joey.Monk.Live! (Motema Music), a critically acclaimed surprise release to honor Thelonious Monk's centennial. Alexander has released ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed

Read "Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

September 2017 was a horrible month for the US Virgin Islands (USVI). As the New York Times wrote, “In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria Drowned What Irma Didn't Destroy." We should not forget that from these isles, a pool of talent has created music that has endured, survived, and influenced. Music writers and researchers have investigated ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet: December Avenue

Read "December Avenue" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Sulla scia del precedente, intenso Wislawa, dedicato alla poetessa polacca Wislawa Szymborska, sempre realizzato insieme al New York Quartet, questo December Avenue sviluppa la medesima dimensione espressiva, intrisa di lirismo. Un quartetto che interpreta al meglio i percorsi di Tomasz Stanko, già delineati al tempo delle registrazioni con la formazione polacca dallo stesso organico strumentale che ...

NEWS: EVENT

Ulysses Owens Jr. To Host Upcoming Album Release Concert In Celebration Of His Latest Recording "Falling Forward"

Ulysses Owens Jr. To Host Upcoming Album Release Concert In Celebration Of His Latest Recording "Falling Forward"

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. will celebrate the release of his latest album, Falling Forward (Spice of Life Records), with a special performance showcasing his new ensemble at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. Falling Forward is Owens’ fourth recording as a leader, and features the group THREE ...