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Content by tag "John Taylor"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Phil DeGreg: Queen City Blues

Read "Queen City Blues" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Jaunty recordings like pianist Phil DeGreg's latest Queen City Blue are what we all need from time to time to just kick back and catch our breath for a few minutes or drive from here to there without all the pressing needs, traffic roadblocks, and political wrong-headedness closing in. No grand statements, no big names. Just ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alf Häggkvist: Blue Serge

Read "Blue Serge" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Originario del nord della Svezia, Alf Häggkvist vive da venticinque anni a Stoccolma ove ha avuto l'opportunità di collaborare con molti musicisti del suo paese e non solo. Apprezzato compositore e autore di canzoni, è anche un ottimo pianista, sensibile, espressivo e dalle notevoli capacità improvvisative. In questo Blue Serge è impegnato in un pregevole piano ...

Charles Rumback: Threes

Read "Threes" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In becoming an outlet for the Chicago scene and elsewhere during the last ten years, the ears&eyes label has recently done its share to highlight the work of drummer Charles Rumback. 2015 was a particularly productive year for him, in fact: he released a quartet record (In the New Year) with altoist Caroline Davis, guitarist Jeff ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 2

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2017

It's always a thrill to return to Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM). Deemed the biggest jazz festival in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records, it only ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons

Read "Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We talk often of the stars, like 'Trane and Miles. We remember the bandleaders, such as Basie and Duke. We even recall the composers and arrangers, Ellington again, Gil Evans and Monk. And we never forget those star soloists like Johnny Hodges or Lester Young. But the guys in the machine room, the guys who make ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dolomiti Ski Jazz - XX Edizione

Read "Dolomiti Ski Jazz - XX Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Dolomiti Ski Jazz -XX Edizione
Val di Fiemme
10-18.03.2017

Venti anni di attività non sono pochi. Per festeggiarli degnamente, gli organizzatori del Dolomiti Ski Jazz hanno confezionato un'edizione celebrativa del festival, con tanto di simpatica ed informale cerimonia di premiazione degli amici e frequentatori più assidui.

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist/Composer Randy Ingram Set To Release His Most Personal & Enlightening Recording To Date, "The Wandering" Featuring Bassist Drew Gress

Pianist/Composer Randy Ingram Set To Release  His Most Personal & Enlightening Recording To Date, "The Wandering" Featuring Bassist Drew Gress

Available on Sunnyside Records – April 21, 2017 CD Release Celebration – April 19, 2017 @ The Jazz Gallery, NYC! Pianist-composer Randy Ingram has put himself in a position to reveal more about his musical identity by scaling down to record The Wandering, a sophisticated, personal and enlightening duo album with bassist Drew Gress. While other instrumentalists can choose ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Old York: Paolo Angeli, Derek Gripper, Geoff Lakeman, John Warren & Iain Dixon

Read "Live From Old York: Paolo Angeli, Derek Gripper, Geoff Lakeman, John Warren & Iain Dixon" reviewed by Martin Longley

Paolo Angeli/Derek Gripper
The National Centre For Early Music
February 16, 2017

On this double-billed evening, acoustic guitars were found in their extreme opposites states, spreading from purity to perversion. From South Africa, Derek Gripper plays a natural axe, amplified only modestly, direct into a respectfully- distanced microphone. From Sardinia, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Russo: New Affirmation

Read "New Affirmation" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Living in our current age of technology, it is relatively easy and inexpensive for a musician to record a set of music and put it out for the masses. The ease in such an endeavor also makes it somewhat of a double-edged sword. Just because something is possible doesn't always mean it should be done. As ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 1

Read "Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A Protracted Beginning

Ken Prouty, an assistant professor of Musicology and Jazz Studies at Michigan State University and author of Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) has written at length about the early history of jazz education in the US. In his writings, he ...


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