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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 ...

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 ...

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Garana Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Garana Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Garana Jazz Festival
Garana, Romania
July 6-9, 2017

Running from the 6-9th of July, the 21st edition of the Garana Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on its location near the Garana village, high in the Semenic Mountains of Romania. Obviously, the artistic credibility and the creative energy were ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Charles Lloyd: The Winds Of Grace

Read "Charles Lloyd: The Winds Of Grace" reviewed by Ian Patterson

At seventy nine years young Charles Lloyd is showing no signs of slowing down. The summer months see the Memphis saxophonist/flautist on the North American and European festival circuits with his quartet of Gerald Clayton, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, followed by dates with The Marvels, Lloyd's most recent group, featuring Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Rogers ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2017

It's always a thrill to return to Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM). Deemed the biggest jazz festival in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records, it only ...

Charles Lloyd: Passin' Thru

Read "Passin' Thru" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Admit it. You were wondering if Charles Lloyd's post-millennial quartet was no more. Am I right? We haven't really heard from that group in a while, so nobody could blame you for thinking it.

When Lloyd made the jump to Blue Note Records in 2015, his opening salvo came in the form of ...

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ELBJAZZ 2017

Read "ELBJAZZ 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

ELBJAZZ 2017
Blohm and Voss/various venues
Hamburg, Germany
June 2-3, 2017

Although Gregory Porter was the marquee name at the sixth edition of Elbjazz, with a strong supporting cast including Joshua Redman, Jan Garbarek, Hildegard Lernt Fliegen and Youn Sun Nah, the real star of the show was the spectacular festival ...