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Wayne Shorter: Etcetera

Read "Etcetera" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The mid-sixties was an incredibly busy time for Wayne Shorter, who in 1965 had transitioned out of being Art Blakey's musical director into serving more or less the same roll for Miles Davis. By that point, he already had three Vee-Jay and two Blue Note leader dates under his belt and, in '65, he went on ...

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Music Matters: SRX Vinyl

Read "Music Matters: SRX Vinyl" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Music Matters, the vinyl reissue house known for it's long string of high-quality all-analog pressings of classic Blue Note records, has released a dozen additional titles just a year or so after completing what was supposed to have been their final offerings. The new records include some that Music Matters had released in earlier series, as ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

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All Over the Map with Losen Records

Read "All Over the Map with Losen Records" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Here's a quick trivia tidbit for the day: Losen is the Norwegian word for 'pilot.' See, you never know what you're going to learn clicking around the web. This jny: Oslo-based label is so named for its forward-thinking dedication to exploration, and the stream of offerings only seems to get more wide-ranging and inventive every year. ...

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Wayne Shorter: Emanon

Read "Emanon" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With his most trusted cohorts standing shoulder-to-shoulder with him--pianist Danilo Perez, ever-ready bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade--Wayne Shorter knows, beyond instinct, that any music he envisions will come to life. And inspire. And amaze.

And so we have Emanon, a three-CD set whose first disc--four sweeping orchestral works recorded with the quartet ...

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Wayne Shorter: Emanon

Read "Emanon" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter is a living jazz legend--his career includes stints with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, with trumpeter Miles Davis (including his last great quintet, as well as foundational fusion albums), and with fusion icon Weather Report--any one of which would be enough to give him a significant place in the history of the music. Throughout ...

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Wayne Shorter: Emanon

Read "Emanon" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Just the fifth release from Wayne Shorter's celebrated acoustic quartet in its near two-decade career, the triple-CD plus graphic novel that is Emanon marks something of a creative high point in its journey. The first CD, a four-part suite for quartet and the thirty-four-piece Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, is Shorter's first studio recording since Alegria (Verve, 2003), ...

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José James: Lean On Me

Read "Lean On Me" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Already known for his crisp production values, astute musicianship and eclectic presentations, Jose James delivers again with his tribute to Bill Withers, Lean on Me. The album reaffirms James' signature attention to stylistic pastiche while further refining his thematic focus on the subtleties of human relationships.

Here James' narcotic blend is simultaneously steeped in ...

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Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens

Read "Vanished Gardens" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Un incanto di album. La chitarra tesa, dai richiami folk e sognante è quella inconfondibile del maestro Bill Frisell, il sassofono è quello lirico di Charles Lloyd, il musicista che dal quartetto anni Sessanta con Keith Jarrett passò ai Celebration al fianco dei Beach Boys per poi tornare al jazz negli anni Ottanta e Novanta dopo ...

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Charles Lloyd &The Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens

Read "Vanished Gardens" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

At age 80 legendary saxophonist/composer Charles Lloyd shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to his New Quartet--most recently documented on Passin' Thru (Blue Note Records, 2017)--he has collaborated with the Greek singer Maria Farantouri on Athens Concert (ECM, 2011); played duets with Quartet pianist Jason Moran on Hagar's Song (ECM, 2013); and produced a ...