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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Hard Boppin' at Smalls

Read "Hard Boppin' at Smalls" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a remarkably vibrant music venue that enjoys considerable international renown. It is not the most mannered of clubs with loud and boisterous audiences. Nor is it the most decorous, but does offer a rather distinctive look. The club has a great vibe and is committed to treating its audience ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Burak Bedikyan: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his third release as a leader, Istanbul based pianist, Burak Bedikyan seamlessly blends his dual education in western classical and jazz and his national/ethnic heritage into an intriguing and cohesive album. Awakening comprises of nine Bedikyan originals that are elegantly crafted balancing intricate harmonies with deceptively effortless fluidity.

The gently rolling refrains on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Behn Gillece: Dare To Be

Read "Dare To Be" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

It pays to listen to Dare To Be, Behn Gillece's second release as a leader for Posi-Tone Records, from the bottom up. Bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Jason Tiemann are one of most congenial, articulate, and straightforward bass and drums team in recent memory. They're self-effacing, deeply focused and frisky. Regardless of the differences in the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tony Moreno: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Manhattan-native drummer Tony Moreno was born into and for music, his mother, Nina Dunkel Moreno, a noted harpist, pianist and educator. Oh, and he received his first drum kit at ten-years old from... Elvin Jones who became his early mentor and teacher. Moreno has had a long and storied career, filled with memories and mementos, many ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
September 24-25, 2016

Regard the Hyde Park Jazz Festival as you would your favorite restaurant, where it just so happens that you are best friends with the chef. You have an embarrassment of riches because everything on the menu, which is fresh and delicious, organic, ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Brandon Goodwin of B's Bees

Read "Take Five With Brandon Goodwin of B's Bees" reviewed by Brandon Goodwin

About Brandon Goodwin:
Montreal group B's Bees is a hard swinging jazz outfit known for writing compelling original music and playing high energy interpretations of the music of past masters such as The Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Haden. Comprised of five core members, they wowed the audience at their debut concert at ...

Behn Gillece: Dare to Be

Read "Dare to Be" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to jazz vibraphone, the names of Stefon Harris and Warren Wolf are most likely to be found on a list of contemporary leaders. Add to that now the name of Behn Gillece, a gentleman who has been honing his skills on the New York scene since 2006. His talents first came to the ...

Luis Perdomo: Montage

Read "Montage" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The highest praise you can give to a recording by a solo performer is that the music was made just for your ears. Pianist Luis Perdomo's Montage gives just that impression. It's easy to imagine these fifteen tracks were played in your living room, or automobile, for that matter. 

After releasing seven discs as ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jon Davis: Changes Over Time

Read "Changes Over Time" reviewed by Blaine Fallis

Jon Davis plays with a richness of soul, exhibiting a well versed jazz character that can go from Jaco (whom he worked with for several years), New Orleans swamp, and freedom jazz dance, to Stevie Wonder, and back. Although he doesn't try to sound like Bill Evans, he did pen a tune called Waltz for U, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jon Davis: Changes Over Time

Read "Changes Over Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While there are no liner notes to accompany pianist Jon Davis' third date for the Posi-Tone imprint, there's a quote inside the package, attributed to author Anne Rice, that gets to the heart of the matter: “None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are." So is personal evolution and ...