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ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Crescendos Galore!

Read "Jazz Crescendos Galore!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

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: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call

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Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry

Read "Trio Tapestry" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Joe Lovano approda in qualità di leader all'etichetta Ecm e approfitta di questa occasione per distillare la propria vena più astratta e sottile, legata allo scandaglio di geometrie spaziali, di un linguaggio costruito su libere, trasparenti digressioni. Con l'etichetta bavarese il sassofonista aveva registrato nelle formazioni di diversi musicisti, tra cui John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Steve ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jakob Bro: Bay of Rainbows

Read "Bay of Rainbows" reviewed by John Kelman

Few ECM artists, barring perhaps longtime label stalwart, pianist Keith Jarrett, have been afforded the opportunity of releasing two albums within the same calendar year. That Manfred Eicher has chosen to follow up Jakob Bro's impressive quartet date, Returnings, less than seven months later with Bay of Rainbows clearly speaks to the label head/primary producer's appreciation ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Human Element: You Are In You

Read "You Are In You" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Seeking to expand upon the stylistic legacy of Joe Zawinul...

Only a group of pretty heavily respected musicians could pull off a mission statement like that. Yet that's pretty much what keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matthew Garrison, drummer Gary Novak, and percussionist / vocalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan declared when they formed Human Element.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eliane Elias: Music from Man Of La Mancha

Read "Music from Man Of La Mancha" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Nella storia della musica (per non parlare del cinema, del teatro e delle arti figurative) numerosi sono stati gli omaggi al grande romanzo che racconta le gesta di Alonso Chisciano. Dalla musica classica (il balletto Don Chisciotte di Aloisius Ludwig Minkus) alla canzone d'autore (”Alonso Chisciano” di Ivano Fossati), solo per citare alcuni esempi, molteplici sono ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

Read "Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie" reviewed by John Kelman

John Abercrombie
Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie
Music Heritage Productions / ECM Records
2018

It's almost a year to the day since the world lost John Abercrombie and, for many of his fans, that loss remains something still deeply and palpably felt. A guitarist who managed to be instantly recognizable without relying on ...

The Rarest of Ivories: Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes

Read "The Rarest of Ivories: Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes" reviewed by Doug Collette

One of jazz music's most durable and venerated instrumental formats, the piano-led ensemble, trio and otherwise, has proven flexible beyond its surface simplicity, particularly in the hands of ingenious musicians like Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes. Such composers/players, along with their esteemed accompanists, have optimal opportunity to bring their intrinsic creativity to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Abercrombie Tribute Concert at Roulette

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John Abercrombie: Timeless--A Tribute To His Life And Music
Roulette
Brooklyn, NY
March 26, 2018

When John Abercrombie turned off the amplifier of life in 2017, the world lost not only one of its most distinctive guitarists but also one of jazz's brightest souls. As made clear by those ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

A Conversation with Mike Mainieri

Read "A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" reviewed by Anthony Smith

The following is an excerpt from the chapter “A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" of Masters of the Vibes by Anthony Smith (Marimba Productions, 2017).

So you've been working on a new project this week?

Yes, just finishing some overdubs... it's a project I'm involved in with some friends, but I really can't ...