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John Christensen: Dear Friend

Read "Dear Friend" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Madison Wisconsin based bassist/composer John Christensen begins his debut, Dear Friend with the namesake track, a quietly rolling, reflective impression that might at first remind one of a backing track for any number of 70's singer-songwriters. It's a pretty piece, a wonderful starting point for a very melodic, almost nostalgic listen.

The next composition, ...

John Christensen: Dear Friend

Read "Dear Friend" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Madison-based double bassist John Christensen is certainly no rookie to jazz, even though Dear Friend would appear to be his debut album. After attending the University of North Texas, Christensen chose to follow a more personalized education and set up camp in San Francisco. It is in the bay area that he committed to extensive gigging ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Twin Talk: Twin Talk

Read "Twin Talk" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

One of the more pleasant listening experiences this year has been Twin Talk from the eponymous Indie group based in Chicago. The jazz trio of drummer Andrew Green, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi and bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst produce a project of fresh music and through original material and inventive performances.

Having worked together over the ...

Paul Dietrich: We Always Get There

Read "We Always Get There" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Chicago based trumpeter and composer Paul Dietrich's debut album We Always Get There is a vibrant and explorative work of modern music that inhabits the border zone between the mainstream and the Avant-Garde. The record's intricately constructed originals, with dramatic ambiences, are provocative while remaining intensely melodic, simultaneously accessible and pleasantly challenging.

The intimate theme ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Laurenzi-Ernst-Green: Sightline

Read "Sightline" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Chicago based trio Laurenzi-Ernst-Green's debut Sightline is an atmospheric album filled with intriguing patterns and exuberant and elegant spontaneity. An intimate mysticism imbues this collaborative effort of seven original compositions with a modal bent.

Bassist Katie Ernst's wordless vocals hauntingly echo saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi's big toned tenor on the mesmerizing “Skoops," while her resonant ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The JC Sanford Orchestra At Tea Lounge: Sound Matters

Read "The JC Sanford Orchestra At Tea Lounge: Sound Matters" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

JC Sanford Orchestra
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
September 20, 2010

While Manhattan gets most of the ink when it comes to live jazz in New York, it isn't the only borough where exciting things are happening. Over the past few years, Brooklyn has become a hub of activity for creative music artistry and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Bill McHenry: Bloom & Narrow Margin

Read "Bill McHenry: Bloom & Narrow Margin" reviewed by Martin Longley







Ben Monder/Bill McHenry

Bloom

Sunnyside Records

2010

Andrew Green

Narrow Margin

Microphonic

2009



Brooklyn tenor man Bill McHenry can teeter on the lip of sonic extremity, but he's also well-versed in the art of post-Coleman Hawkins ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andrew Green: Narrow Margin

Read "Narrow Margin" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Confesso che sono rimasto un po' spiazzato di fronte ad un disco come Narrow Margin. Da una parte vi è un gruppo di musicisti che anima normalmente la scena nordamericana più creativa e trasversale; dall'altra una musica ben suonata, elegante, a tratti raffinata, ottimamente arrangiata e inserita a pieno diritto nella strada maestra della musica afroamericana. Il punto ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by Michael Ricci

When The Beatles first emerged at the forefront of The British Invasion, few could have predicted the impact they'd have beyond the world of rock and pop. Early albums, and songs like “Love Me Do," “She Loves You" and “I Want to Hold Your Hand," were hardly the grist for something more.

But by ...