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Dan Costa: Skyness

Read "Skyness" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The gentle piano “Prologue" instantly telegraphs that something rare and luxurious is on its way. These are the opening chords of Skyness, the gifted pianist/composer Dan Costa's 2018 follow-up to his auspicious 2016 debut, Suite Três Rios (also self-produced), which peaked at number one on the iTunes jazz chart and was named one of the year's ...

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Out To Dinner?

Read "Out To Dinner?" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Featured this time around is a great new album from “supergroup" Out to Dinner featuring Behn Gillece, Michael Dease. Tim Green, Boris Kozlov and Rudy Royston. Also featured a great meeting between Terkel Nørgaard and Ralph Alessi plus a selection of other excellent new music including a preview of the long awaited release of Miles Davis ...

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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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Shuhei Kokuryo: First Episode

Read "First Episode" reviewed by Jim Olin

For a debut album, First Episode displays a remarkable amount of self-confidence and inventiveness from its creator.

Shuhei Kokuryo is an accomplished jazz saxophonist from Nagoya City, Japan. Heavily inspired by Charlie Parker, First Episode was written and recorded in New York wherein Kokuryo had his skills sharpened by Seamus Blake, who even co-wrote ...

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Tommy Halferty & Norma Winstone: Tommy Halferty Invites Norma Winstone

Read "Tommy Halferty Invites Norma Winstone" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though the collaboration between Irish guitarist Tommy Halferty and English singer Norma Winstone goes back twenty five years, this, surprisingly, is the duo's debut recording. That it came about at all is thanks to the lever pulling of Irish jazz impresario Allen Smith, who first brought Winstone across the pond in the early 1990s. Winstone and ...

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Bridges With Seamus Blake: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Bridges' eponymous debut album (AMP Music & Records, 2016) is no less spectacular an affair. It sports the same line-up as before with the exception of Jesper Bodilsen now taking over bass duties from Ole Morten Vågan. Once again Seamus Blake leads this group of Norway-based musicians to great success. Not a lot ...

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Seamus Blake & Terzetto Abusivo

Read "Seamus Blake & Terzetto Abusivo" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Seamus Blake e Terzetto Abusivo
Dietro Le Quinte
Le Sieci (Firenze)
22.4.2019

Nel corso di un tour “pasquale" attraverso l'Italia, è approdato anche in prossimità di Firenze il tenorsassofonista Seamus Blake con il Terzetto Abusivo, ovvero il pianista Alfonso Santimone, il contrabbassista Danilo Gallo e il ...

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Philipp Schiepek: Golem Dance

Read "Golem Dance" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Melodic ease, harmonic subtlety and an intriguingly dispersed approach to compositional structure make up the winning trinity of this enjoyable debut recording by German guitarist and composer Philipp Schiepek. Most impressively, these aspects belong to the qualities one would expect a 24-year young jazz guitarist to have mastered the least at this point in their career. ...

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Scopes: Scopes

Read "Scopes" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Formed in 2018, Scopes comprises a group of musicians hailing from four different European countries, led by Austrian drummer Mathias Ruppnig and German bassist Tom Berkmann. Coincidentally, both leaders have collaborated with Kurt Rosenwinkel and John Hollenbeck. Ruppnig studied or participated in workshops with big jazz names including Kendrick Scott, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Cobb, John Abercrombie, ...

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Seamus Blake: Guardians Of The Heart Machine

Read "Guardians Of The Heart Machine" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Seamus Blake was born in 1970 in London, England but raised in Vancouver, Canada. He studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and following his graduation moved to New York Cit, where he became a fixture on the jazz scene including being a member of the Mingus Big Band. He's played or recorded with Victor Lewis, ...