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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

Curtis Stigers with the Danish Radio Big Band: One More For The Road

Read "One More For The Road" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Curtis Stigers è un cantante pop che ha debuttato nel 1991 con brani di grande appeal commerciale come “I Wonder Why," “Never Saw a Miracle" e “You're All That Matters to Me." Per un decennio ha variato leggermente quel patinato blend di pop, soul, smooth jazz, folk e rock, fino ad abbracciare più decisamente il jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Horsfall: Nighthawks

Read "Nighthawks" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The title of Peter Horsfall's Nighthawks may call to mind the iconic Edward Hopper painting, or maybe Tom Waits' Hopper-inspired Nighthawks At The Diner (Asylum, 1975). A few bars into “Nighthawks" it becomes obvious that Horsfall and Waits both take inspiration from the painting ("Nighthawks lead a lonely life...")--but Horsfall's melancholy vocal stands in sharp contrast ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Aleka Potinga: Aleka

Read "Aleka" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Aleka is the eponymous debut EP--and stage-name--of Alexandra-Ioana Potinga, a Romanian jazz vocalist and cellist based in Dublin. Aleka performs in several bands, as vocalist in Tommy Halferty's Camus Jazz and as cellist/backing vocalist with Ruba Shamshoum. This outing features her working band at time of recording (bassist Barry Donohue has since replaced Kevin Higgins) on ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Elling

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Elling

All About Jazz is celebrating Kurt Elling's birthday today!

GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, he has also been ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John McLean: Parts Unknown

Read "Parts Unknown" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This inventive Chicago Quartet finds Kurt Elling's long time backing team comprised of guitarist John McLean and bassist Clark Sommers pushing into original sonic adventures with fresh modern twists. The band's debut outing for Origin Records also features drummer Xavier Breaker and vibes veteran Joe Locke whose tone and style accompanies and interacts perfectly with John ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace

Read "Serenade for Horace" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This gem of a tribute album is, in the words of the poet Wordsworth, a “recollection in tranquility" conceived and led by drummer Louis Hayes in memory of his beloved lifelong friend, pianist Horace Silver. In 1956, Silver invited Hayes to New York City from his native Detroit to join the Horace Silver Quintet, which produced ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Fred Hersch's Leaves Of Grass at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Read "Fred Hersch's Leaves Of Grass at Jazz at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Fred Hersch's Leaves Of Grass
The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, NY
September 15, 2017

Walt Whitman's Leaves Of Grass may be the ultimate contemplation on man's commonalities and singularities, underscoring what binds all of humanity and what distinguishes each of us as individuals. And so it's ...