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Sam Boshnack Quintet: Nellie Bly Project

Read "Nellie Bly Project" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Samantha Boshnack is more than a musician and composer. She is a storyteller who walks us through the history of things. With Nellie Bly Project, she tells the story of daredevil journalist, writer, and feminist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (1864-1922), known by her pen name, Nellie Bly. The compositions, a four movement suite, are like a journey ...

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Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet: Echoes Of Europe

Read "Echoes Of Europe" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While conversations about the military tend to roam widely, touching on everything from peacekeeping to warmongering, rarely do they touchdown on the topic of cultural exchange. But that's not to say the military doesn't foster such a thing. American troops stationed abroad have always managed to interact with the local population(s), imparting and taking away knowledge ...

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Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet: King Of Xhosa

Read "King Of Xhosa" reviewed by James Nadal

It is appropriate that the opening track on King Of Xhosa, is a hand drum invocation and an introduction in the Xhosa language of South Africa, as that is exactly where the origins and influences of this music came from. Drummer Jeff “Siege" Siegel and his quartet are augmented on this recording by Feya Faku, a ...

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Michael Pagan, Bob Bowman, Brian Steever: The Ottawa Sessions

Read "The Ottawa Sessions" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

The Ottawa Session è un disco revivalistico, che si ispira chiaramente al bop, è dotato di un marcato senso dello swing e possiede il dono della leggerezza.
Il trio responsabile del programma musicale -Michael Pagan al pianoforte, Bob Bowman al contrabbasso e Brian Steever alla batteria -ha il merito di immergere l'ascoltatore in una serie ...

B.J. Jansen: Ronin

Read "Ronin" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen demonstrates his versatility as a composer and performer on Ronin, his third release as a leader. The nine originals that comprise the album cover a gamut of styles while remaining firmly in the jazz mainstream.

On the boppish “Manhattan Trane'in" for instance Jansen wields his horn with agility as he ...

Sumi Tonooka: NOW: Solo Live at the Howland Cultural Center

Read "NOW: Solo Live at the Howland Cultural Center" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

There are some jazz players who suffer an unusually large gap between their credentials and their renown. Pianist Sumi Tonooka is a case in point. She studied with Mary Lou Williams, made her recording début with Detroit trumpeter Marcus Belgrave (of Motown/Tribe Records fame), and was part of Philly Joe Jones's band. Two especially strong albums--Long ...

Sumi Tonooka: Now

Read "Now" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Sumi Tonooka is a resourceful jazz pianist who, along with alto saxophonist Chris Burnett and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, started the Artists Recording Collective, offering up Initiation (2010), an excellent quartet outing which Tonooka co-led with Lindsay, and a more intimate Tonooka-led trio effort, Long Ago Today (2008). A former student of piano legend Mary Lou ...

Keith Pray: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When most people discuss the jazz scene in New York, they're referring to the music that's made in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, but the Empire State stretches far beyond the city that never sleeps and jazz is made in many a locale within. The Capital region, for example, has its own burgeoning jazz scene that's ...

Keith Pray: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Edward Blanco

When not leading the 17-piece Big Soul Ensemble, the Soul Jazz Revival group or the New Orleans-style Mohawk Brass Band, bandleader, educator and alto saxophonist Keith Pray fronts a hard-swinging quartet performing at venues in Albany and throughout the Capital District of upstate New York. Confluence is his fifth recording as leader, a project he designed ...

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Lee Shaw: Live at Art Gallery Reutlingen

Read "Live at Art Gallery Reutlingen" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La pianista americana Lee Shaw, ormai ultraottantenne, ha svolto meritoria attività musicale anche come educatrice (uno dei suoi allievi più famosi è l'eccellente ed eclettico John Medeski) e ogni tanto pubblica qualche album in pieno stile mainstream che però non si fa mancare escursioni avventurose (come per esempio in questo caso con la rilettura corposa di “Turnaround" di ...