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2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Celestial Blues: Cosmic, Political and Spiritual Jazz 1970 to 1974

Read "Celestial Blues: Cosmic, Political and Spiritual Jazz 1970 to 1974" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

When saxophonist and composer, Kamasi Washington, released his tripple album, The Epic in 2015, it was celebrated widely, not only in the spheres of jazz, but also in rock magazines. Washington was clearly on to something, forging a new spiritual sound that married world music, orchestral funk and free jazz.

However, new sounds ...

Telmo Fernandez / Phil Wilkinson / Caspar St Charles: The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2

Read "The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Telmo Fernández Organ Trio has already been on the soul jazz beat--as the title of The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2 makes clear. The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 1 (Free Code Jazz Records, 2015) was delightful, Vol. 2 carries on in the same vein, this time giving each individual musician a name credit.

For ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Everything Old is Blue Again: Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green and Horace Silver

Read "Everything Old is Blue Again: Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green and Horace Silver" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

If you are a Blue Note fan, you undoubtedly know that over the course of their 75th anniversary year Blue Note has been reissuing important titles from the catalog at a rate of about five albums per month. It is really a fast-paced program that will appeal to folks on many levels. Some might be starting ...

Nathan Haines: The Poet's Embrace

Read "The Poet's Embrace" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The spiritual jazz path is not noted for being an easy option, but over the years it's proved to be one of the most rewarding choices, for both musician and listener. Much of the music on The Poet's Embrace suggests that tenor saxophonist Nathan Haines has traveled at least some way along that path in creating ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chick Corea: Creative Giant

Read "Chick Corea: Creative Giant" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Virtuosity is a beautiful thing. One would somehow like to believe that anybody can learn how to play any given instrument with delicate, enchanting energy; but truth be told, some are simply born with a gift that most can only dream of. The ability to amaze others through music, enriching the hearts and widening the creative ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Geri Allen Quartet at the Kimmel Center

Read "Geri Allen Quartet at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Geri Allen Quartet
Jazz Up Close Celebrates Thelonious Monk Series
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater
Philadelphia, PA
December 4, 2010

Once, when asked to define “jazz," Count Basie simply replied, “Tap your feet." At this December, 2010 concert, the fourth member of pianist Geri Allen's quartet turned out to do ...

Brad Felt Nu Quartet Plus: First Call

Read "First Call" reviewed by John Barron

Veteran Detroit jazz musician Brad Felt has been championing the role of the euphonium and tuba as front-line instruments for over thirty years. Felt has an extensive sideman résumé, having performed with notable artists such as Roy Brooks, Martha Reeves and Howard Johnson's Gravity. First Call is an introduction to Felt's progressive jazz ensemble Nu Quartet ...