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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

North Sea Jazz 2018

Read "North Sea Jazz 2018" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jim Wellman: Dawn to Dusk

Read "Dawn to Dusk" reviewed by Paul Naser

Jim Wellman, multi-instrumentalist and co-founding member of acid jazz outfit the Brand New Heavies, was all but done working in music when the idea for his latest release, Dawn to Dusk, gripped him and wouldn't let him go. According to him, after witnessing certain world events, in particular events in Ukraine, he “felt he had to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome at Turin's Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome at Turin's Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Egyptian Museum
Turin Jazz Festival
Turin, Italy
May 28, 2015

Someone might ask: “Why is an African-American saxophonist from jny: Chicago performing inside the Egyptian Museum in Turin? Where is the connection between “da jazz" and Ancient Egypt?" Sorry, but it isn't a legitimate question. If you still don't make the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Pat Petrillo: Performance, Education, and Groovalution

Read "Pat Petrillo: Performance, Education, and Groovalution" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Recognized as one of the first instructional video producers, drummer Pat Petrillo set a standard for educational media with his landmark 1987 recording Snare Drum Rudiments. Since then he has developed a remarkable career as a performer and educator. Pat and I sat down at the APAP convention in jny: New York City to discuss his ...

Mark Lomax Trio: Isis and Osiris

Read "Isis and Osiris" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Record collectors and DJs are fond of the term “spiritual jazz." Like most colloquialisms, its meaning is nebulous and vague; more emotional than factual, more indicative of a feeling that the music projects, as opposed to a distinct lineage or coterie of musicians. For many, the term refers to jazz that incorporates African and Middle Eastern ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Lembrança di Emilio Santiago (1946-2013).

Read "Lembrança di Emilio Santiago (1946-2013)." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Scomparso il venti marzo di due anni fa all'età di sessantasette anni, Emilio Santiago è stato uno dei più sublimi interpreti della canzone popolare brasiliana. Emerso alla metà degli anni '70, l'artista carioca si è andato via via imponendo come vocalist originale, creativamente colloquiale nelle pirotecniche evoluzioni ritmico-melodiche. Il suo disco d'esordio (Emilio Santiago, 1975) è ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dan Fornero: Not So Old School

Read "Not So Old School" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Fornax--now there's a word you probably haven't heard since sophomore Latin class--if ever. It translates as “oven"-- words such as “furnace," al forno and--use your imagination for another example--are derivatives. Whether or not his surname emanates from ancient lingo, one thing is certain: trumpeter Dan Fornero's Not So Old School is indeed both contemporary and burnt-tongue ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Donny Hathaway: Someday We'll All Be Free

Read "Donny Hathaway: Someday We'll All Be Free" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Donny Hathaway

Someday We'll All Be Free

Rhino France

2010

Critical opinion has not always been kind to the singer Donny Hathaway, who died in 1979 at the age of 33. Some have decried an alleged bourgeoisification of soul; but more cruel, perhaps, is the general neglect of critical and commercial ...

George Lewis: A Power Stronger Than Itself

Read "George Lewis: A Power Stronger Than Itself" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

As an improviser, educator and an explorer of musical expression, George Lewis has become one of the significant contributors towards the respect and recognition Jazz is finally receiving as one of America's most notable and distinguished cultural achievements. He recently published what I consider to be one of the most critical books on Jazz and African ...