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Miles Okazaki: Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk

Read "Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The best way to embark upon Miles Okazaki's six-volume Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk is the same manner you might approach Herman Melville's American masterpiece Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Like Moby-Dick with its 135 chapters (and epilogue), Work is a Brobdingnagian accomplishment. Okazaki performs the complete Thelonious Monk songbook. 70 tunes in total.


A jazz event 50+ years in the making...

A jazz event 50+ years in the making...

To say it was long overdue is an understatement. Joshua Breakstone and Don Mopsick grew up in Linden. NJ. Their families knew each other and sometimes hung out together back in the 1960s, long before either man had any designs on a career in music. Guitar modernist Breakstone and Mopsick, best known as the bassist in Jim ...


Joshua Breakstone/The Cello Quartet: 88

Read "88" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Veteran guitarist Joshua Breakstone pays tribute to some of his favorite pianist/composers here. He tells a story about a fellow Berklee student (a saxophonist) who asked legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt if he could sit in. Stitt shut him down with the question “how many keys on a saxophone?" The novice couldn't answer--there are 23--but everyone knows ...


Guitarist Kevin Golden Releases Debut CD "Pelham Parkway"

Guitarist Kevin Golden Releases Debut CD "Pelham Parkway"

Jazz guitarist, Kevin Golden releases his debut CD Pelham Parkway. This marks Golden's first recording as a leader, and features seven original tunes penned by him paying homage to the legendary organ trio sounds of Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, and Wes Montgomery. Kevin Golden is on guitar, along with Akiko Tsuruga on organ, and Peter Grant ...


Joshua Breakstone: 2nd Avenue

Read "2nd Avenue" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Come rinverdire il mainstream contemporaneo? Secondo Joshua Breakstone, la risposta a tale quesito risiede nella varietà della disposizione timbrica. Gli arrangiamenti sono stati allestiti per arricchire la tavolozza armonica del canonico trio con chitarra-basso-batteria. Al felice esito del CD in esame contribuisce anche la dimensione melodica del violoncello, impiegato in ben cinque brani. È una piacevole ...


Joshua Breakstone: With the Wind and the Rain

Read "With the Wind and the Rain" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

L'atipica formazione, chitarra/basso/batteria con violoncello, potrebbe far pensare a digressioni cameristiche. Si impone invece una gioiosa pratica jazzistica per via del quarto strumento utilizzato con le medesime funzioni di chitarra e contrabbasso. Nel solco di una tradizione che annovera diversi maestri (su tutti Oscar Pettiford), si impone superbamente il contrabbassista Mike Richmond qui impiegato solo al ...

Practice, Do You? Part 3-3

Read "Practice, Do You? Part 3-3" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Continued from Part 2

I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I ...


Joshua Breakstone: With the Wind and the Rain

Read "With the Wind and the Rain" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Prolific recording artist Joshua Breakstone delivers his twentieth album as leader tipping his hat to a major influence in his professional life, the late Japanese promoter and bassist Mitsuru Nishiyama, to whom With the Wind and the Rain, is dedicated. A guitarist of note with at least fifty tours of Japan under his belt, his experience ...

Joshua Breakstone: No One New

Read "No One New" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Parte con un bel brio questo album del trio di Joshua Breakstone, un chitarrista americano ultra cinquantenne che sa ben cavalcare il linguaggio moderno della chitarra jazz, sulla scia di Barney Kessel, Joe Pass e Kenny Burrell, con magari un po' ddell'energia di Pat Martino e Jimmy Raney. Il repertorio include due standard, cinque composizioni di Breakstone e un ...


The Joshua Breakstone Trio: No One New

Read "No One New" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The trio is a tried-and-true format for jazz. Every now and then, the form is tweaked a little--instead of piano/organ plus bass and drums, it's guitar, bass and drums. The Joshua Breakstone Trio is part of this sect, and delivers with No One New.

The title refers to the leader, who has been a ...