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ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Crescendos Galore!

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When creating a radio playlist one always has to make sure to sequence songs in a meaningful way. The dynamics of their interaction is critical. There should be not too many fast pieces played back to back, nor too many ballads one after the other. Fast and slow, soft and loud should be sequenced in a ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

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With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018

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Another trip around the sun. In the AllAboutJazz universe, the stars were especially bright this year. Which is a good thing, unless you are like me, trying to pare down a huge list of favorites to just ten. At that task, I've failed once again. So here are my 15 favorite recordings of 2018 in no ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rudy Royston, Wojciech Jachna and More

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This week the featured album is the new release by Rudy Royston, and we focus on Polish trumpet maestro Wojciech Jachna. In between a varied selection of different genres from the wide World of Jazz.

Playlist Rudy Royston “Soul Train" from Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf) 00:00 Valerio Pontrandolfo & Harold Mabern Trio “Twenty" from Are ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Allen: The Sky Above Her

Read "The Sky Above Her" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Guitarist Dave Allen's satiny-smooth tone and precise technique belie an intrepid sensibility that is eager to rise to the surface. So unsuspecting listeners who cue up the title track of The Sky Above Her, Allen's third album as a leader, might at first be tricked into thinking they'll be listening to something easy on the ears, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jon Irabagon, Charlie Parker, New Releases And Archive Picks

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A focus on the recent album from Jon Irabagon, a trio of Charlie Parker related tunes, a song in remembrance of Randy Weston and lots more...

Playlist Jon Irabagon “The Demon Barber of Fleet Week" from Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irrabagast) 00:00 Randy Weston “Blues for Strayhorn" from Monterey '66 (Verve) 12:20 Wayne ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore: After Caroline

Read "After Caroline" reviewed by Mark Corroto

By 2018 he doesn't have to do it. Do what? Prove himself, and maybe also demonstrate the bass clarinet worthy of leading an ensemble. Jason Stein has the bona fides these days, proof being his much admired quartet and trio Locksmith Isidore. His trio was the opening act for his sister, comedian Amy Schumer's 10,000-seat arena ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Barry Altschul: The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow

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Tutta l'energia del concerto nell'ottimo Alchemia Club di Cracovia (siamo a dicembre del 2016). Garantisce il batterista Barry Altschul, nome imprescindibile del jazz contemporaneo (lo ricordiamo con Paul Bley o con Anthony Braxton), alla guida del trio 3Dom Factor, con Joe Fonda al contrabbasso e un fantasticamente irrequieto Jon Irabagon a tenore e sopranino.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Perry Smith: New Angel

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Perry Smith is a Brooklyn, NY-based guitarist and composer who received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master's degree in music from New York University. A founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group, he is the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jon Irabagon Quartet: Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics

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It's easy imagine Hollywood producers putting together a comic book superhero movie when listening to a recording by the saxophonist Jon Irabagon. We know that after joining Moppa Elliott's Mostly Other People Do The Killing and winning the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, he decided to use his super powers for good instead of evil. Like ...