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Michael Dease: All These Hands

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Trombonist Michael Dease is never short on ideas, but this one might be his best yet: With All These Hands, Dease traces the early migratory patterns of jazz through his own well-crafted originals. He starts in NOLA and moves along to many a music mecca, including the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonathan Kreisberg: Wave Upon Wave

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Wave upon wave of praise has followed the release of each one of guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg's leader dates--small group affairs that are typically built with equal parts energy and taste; Wave Upon Wave, balancing fire with heart, stealth movement with direct engagement, and power with grace, is likely to garner some more.

The ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Justin Faulkner: Serving the Music

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The rare balance of passionate ambition and mature dedication that are the hallmark of young professionals puts them in a category all their own. More often than not they began honing their skills at an early age and it seems as if life conspired to help them succeed. Justin Faulkner, the young drummer for the legendary ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gary Smulyan with Dominic Chianese at Jazz At Kitano

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Gary Smulyan with Dominic Chianese
Jazz At Kitano
New York, NY
April 5, 2014

Shortly before this show began, on a beautiful Saturday evening that truly marked the start of spring, a small crew of musicians and concert-goers, including this writer, were seated around the bar at Jazz At Kitano. ...

Caswell Sisters featuring Fred Hersch: Alive In The Singing Air

Read "Alive In The Singing Air" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sibling acts in jazz are fairly common, but sister acts are not. The Brothers Dorsey, Jones, Montgomery, Heath, Brecker, and Marsalis are familiar to any jazz fan with a passing knowledge of the music's history, but female counterparts are scarce. Thankfully, that trend is changing, proving that jazz is not a man's--or brother's--world. Today, we have ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sharp Radway: Hymns And Things (Introspection And Reflection)

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All forms of jazz are a means of artistic personalization, but gospel jazz may be the ultimate form of individualized musical expression for those who believe. It serves as an aural representation of the individual communing with a higher power, and giving thanks. A broad yet set repertoire often binds gospel jazz projects and artists together, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ahmad Jamal Trio: The Legendary 1958 Pershing Lounge & Spotlite Club Recordings

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Ahmad Jamal Trio

The Legendary 1958 Pershing Lounge & Spotlite Club Performances

Solar Records

2011

“Play like Jamal," trumpeter Miles Davis is reputed to have told his pianist Red Garland in the mid 1950s. We can but speculate how Garland reacted to this request, assuming the story is true. It ...

Ahmad Jamal: A Quiet Time

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Ahmad Jamal

A Quiet Time

Dreyfus Records

2010

Always reluctant to go into the studio unless he has material he is thoroughly satisfied with, pianist Ahmad Jamal's A Quiet Time could be considered as a follow-up to It's Magic (Dreyfus Records, 2008), given the relatively short period between the two releases. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ahmad Jamal: Forward Momentum

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Ahmad Jamal, possibly the most influential of living jazz pianists, turned 80 years young on July 2, 2010. It is however, business as usual and instead of celebrating at home in his slippers, Jamal was wowing an audience at the Montreal Jazz festival.



Jamal is touring now more than ever ...