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The (Jazz) Police

Read "The (Jazz) Police" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

September 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of “Message in a Bottle," an auspicious opportunity to look back at the seminal work of The Police, through a jazz lens.

With both Sting and Andy Summers coming to The Police with jazz in their background and Stewart Copeland being a master of polyrhythmic drumming it's ...

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Johnathan Blake: Trion

Read "Trion" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'edizione di questo splendido saxophone trio con Chris Potter, Linda May Han Oh e Johnathan Blake (due ore di musica riprese il 21 e 22 gennaio 2018 alla Jazz Gallery di New York) la dobbiamo al fotografo Jimmy Katz, fondatore con la moglie Dena dell'etichetta discografica no-profit Giant Step Arts.

L'organico nasce dall'esperienza ...

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Rachel Caswell: We're All in the Dance

Read "We're All in the Dance" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È una vocalist per un pubblico di nicchia, Rachel Caswell, ma i percorsi che portano al successo internazionale sono complessi e talvolta misteriosi e non sempre riflettono il talento individuale. Al suo promettente debutto discografico del 2003 (Some Other Time) è seguita una lunga parentesi didattica, che l'ha tenuta per oltre un decennio lontana dai riflettori. ...

Two From The Giant Step Arts Label

Read "Two From The Giant Step Arts Label" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Giant Step Arts is a non-profit organization and label dedicated to helping jazz musicians create the music they want to without worrying about the pressures of the marketplace. On two of their initial releases, that translates into concert recordings done at New York's Jazz Gallery where the bandleaders are free to work out their ideas in ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Various Venues
Montréal, Canada
June 27 -July 1, 2019

Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

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Milton Man Gogh, Rachel Musson Curtis Nowosad & More

Read "Milton Man Gogh, Rachel Musson Curtis Nowosad & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Trios and quartets dominate this episode: three-quarters of the playlist are from groups of that size. Featured is German saxophonist Philipp Gropper and his quartet Philm with music from his new album Consequences. Another quartet heard for the first time is Ornicar from France, and OGJB is back. Of the threesomes, first timers are Gentiane MG ...

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Eric Alexander: Leap of Faith

Read "Leap of Faith" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Renowned tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's Leap of Faith stems in part from the decision (hesitantly made) to perform in a trio setting without piano—hardly an uncommon arrangement these days but one that Alexander, a shining light on the New York music scene for more than two decades, has rarely explored, either in live gigs or on ...

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OGJB Quartet & The Last Poets

Read "OGJB Quartet & The Last Poets" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's no way to use geographical borders to define this music called jazz. For instance, the Freequestra from Slovenia: led by acclaimed guitarist Samo Salamon— the ensemble wends its way with power and emotion through Salamon's new Free Sessions Vol.2, a rollicking excursion through the avant-garde. Or in the case of OGJB, a quartet of four ...

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Johnathan Blake: Trion

Read "Trion" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The names making up this trio really don't need further explanation, seeing how they belong to some of the leading jazz musicians in their respective fields: for Trion , drummer and composer Johnathan Blake relies on the adventurousness of the highly acclaimed bass virtuoso Linda May Han Oh and saxophonist Chris Potter, who together form a ...

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Johnathan Blake: Trion

Read "Trion" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A journeyman drummer with over fifty album credits, Johnathan Blake has long associations with Tom Harrell and Kenny Barron and has appeared with Oliver Lake, Roy Hargrove, Alex Sipiagin, Donny McCaslin, Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and many other well-known artists. His previous outings as leader were The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside, 2012) and Gone, But Not Forgotten ...