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NEWS: RECORDING

Exquisite Vocalist Shirley Crabbe Sings Of Personal Connection On "Bridges," Available April 30, 2018

Exquisite Vocalist Shirley Crabbe Sings Of Personal Connection On "Bridges," Available April 30, 2018

Some vocalists excel at lyric interpretation. They know how to tell the story of a song with subtlety and nuance. Other singers have such beautiful voices that they’d be a pleasure to listen to if they sang the periodic table set to a Brahms lullaby. It’s not easy to say which is Shirley Crabbe's strength, since ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Bergamo Jazz Festival
Bergamo, Italy
March 19-26, 2017

The Bergamo Jazz Festival, one of the most long-lived and prestigious Italian festivals, celebrated in 2017 its 39th edition. Since about ten years the Town of Bergamo nominates a musician as artistic director, and the 2017 edition has been the second under ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bergamo Jazz Festival
Bergamo, varie sedi
19-26.03.2017

Il Bergamo Jazz Festival, che nel 2018 doppierà la boa della quarantesima edizione, per il secondo anno consecutivo è stato diretto da Dave Douglas, il quale ha imbastito un programma decisamente vario, coinvolgendo un numero sempre maggiore di sedi nella Città Alta e nella ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Oscar Perez: Prepare A Place For Me

Read "Prepare A Place For Me" reviewed by Mark Sullivan



The heart of this album is found in pianist/composer Oscar Perez's trio with bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Alvester Garnett. Their four tracks showcase the cohesive sound they have developed together, Perez's elegant pianism matched by his empathetic partners. It's a modern piano trio, with a conversational style and all members contributing. There's enough ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Oscar Perez: Prepare A Place For Me

Read "Prepare A Place For Me" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If Oscar Perez hadn't taken to the piano, he might've had a promising career in music journalism. In the concise and profound liner essay for this album, Perez intelligently considers the meaning of music, the struggles and joys connected to the art of creating and performing, and the way an individual's very being seeps into the ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

The Third Annual World Vibes Congress Creates Waves in Asbury Park

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Another epic gathering of vibraphone players was uncorked and, like Champagne on New Year's Eve, this bubbly was not staying in the bottle. Part of the Third World Vibes Congress, the jam exploded at the packed Langosta Lounge and Restaurant on Asbury Park's boardwalk early in January. Pairs of vibes players, many of whom had never ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Suoni delle Dolomiti - XX Edizione

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Regina Carter--Dave Douglas Mountainside
Trentino, 15-16.07.2014

“All'aperto si gioca a bocce". Così rispose, ad un giornalista che gli aveva chiesto cosa pensasse della musica all'aperto, il grande Arturo Toscanini. Altri tempi. Fosse nato un secolo dopo, e avesse assistito a qualche concerto dei Suoni delle Dolomiti, probabilmente il Maestro avrebbe risposto diversamente. ...

Regina Carter: Southern Comfort

Read "Southern Comfort" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Violinist Regina Carter's debut for Sony Masterworks finds her knee-deep in history once again. Carter has become something of a genre-blind and stylistically-inclusive musicologist, marrying her violin, family history and more to music of various shapes and origins.

She paid tribute to the dark lord of the violin on Paganini: After A Dream ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Criss Cross Jazz Roundup

Read "Criss Cross Jazz Roundup" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

In the past several years there has been a marked change in the jazz landscape that has somehow managed to further spread the demarcation lines between those musicians who practice mainstream leanings and those with a hyper vigilance towards the new avant-garde. Oddly enough, leave it to Criss Cross Jazz, a label that has historically been ...

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Papo Vazquez: San Francisco, CA, March 22, 2013

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Papo Vazquez's Pirates and Troubadours
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
March 22, 2013
On Friday, March 22, 2013, jazz lovers at the new SFJAZZ Center were in for a very special experience. As part of the series of concerts curated by a jazz artist, conguero John Santos unleashed what can ...