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Alexa Tarantino: Winds of Change

Read "Winds of Change" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Coming at her music with an impressive embrace of style and tradition, and blending a natural youthful inquisitiveness and confidence to make the music her own, saxophonist-flautist and full-of-flair composer Alexa Tarantino--along with pianist Christian Sands, bassist Joe Martin, drummer Rudy Royston and trombonist Nick Finzer--makes big strides towards the limelight on her Posi-Tone Records debut ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alexa Tarantino: Winds of Change

Read "Winds of Change" reviewed by Paul Rauch

It is time we stop referring to saxophonist Alexa Tarantino as one of the “on the rise" young stars in jazz. She has arrived, and by the sound of things, she is here to stay. Sure, her new release Winds of Change is her debut solo recording as a leader, but her playing is well documented ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Sound Of Progress: Lioness And Ellen Rowe

Read "The Sound Of Progress: Lioness And Ellen Rowe" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The voices of women who've been marginalized, demeaned, abused, and overlooked will no longer be silenced. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have pulled the curtains back on deplorable actions and practices that have run rampant in all corners of society, the jazz world being no exception. With scandals airing out hidden truths at the Berklee College ...

Brian Charette: The Question That Drives Us and Square One

Read "Brian Charette: The Question That Drives Us and Square One" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Classically trained pianist turned organist Brian Charette is an accomplished master of the Hammond B3 with an elegant yet passionate touch. His signature style imbues the many recordings of his various ensembles with a light, crisp sound and an effervescent melodicism that is, unapologetically, mainstream without being pedestrian. In 2014 Charette cut two charmingly seductive albums ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band: Mother's Touch

Read "Mother's Touch" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Nobody does big bands these days. Nobody. Not without institutional support like a university or a foundation. Not unless you are Orrin Evans. The jny: Philadelphia pianist writes and arranges music so appealing, a revolving cast of musicians can't resist playing his music. While we will never see an independent outfit like the Captain Black Big ...

Four From The Posi-Tone Pile

Read "Four From The Posi-Tone Pile" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Some labels release a few records a year; some put out a record every month or two; and then there are those, like the Los Angeles-based Posi-Tone Records, that prefer to push even more music through the pipeline. As 2014 came into being, Posi-Tone began an ambitious release schedule, putting out a new ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sean Moran Small Elephant Band: Tusk

Read "Tusk" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il giovane chitarrista newyorchese Sean Moran riunisce in questo bel lavoro un quintetto dalle sonorità preziose e dall'incedere aconflittuale nel cui agire un ruolo assolutamente centrale gioca la composizione (tutti di Moran i nove pezzi in scaletta), con la definizione di percorsi stilistico-espressivi lucidi e coesi che sembrano rivelare un attento ascolto delle frange più avanzate ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ralph Bowen: The Power Play

Read "Ralph Bowen: The Power Play" reviewed by Diana Kondrashin

[Editor's Note: A shorter version of this interview was originally published at Jazz.Ru. It has been translated and expanded exclusively for All About Jazz.]Ralph Bowen was born in Canada but he has pursued a jazz career in the United States for over 20 years, as tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger. He strikes neatly with ...

Posi-Tone Records

Read "Posi-Tone Records" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Posi-Tone Records is an extraordinary anomaly in these times, an independent, thriving jazz label that continues to find new and established musicians and works continually to improve each aspect of production to release a final product of superior quality. As the market has changed the company has sought and accepted new ways to do business that ...


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