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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition

Read "Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Is there such a thing as a Chicago sound? Back in the year 2000, a compilation was released that tried to portray a new and exciting musical scene. The album was called Chicago 2018... It's Gonna Change and it highlighted a brilliant mixture of free jazz, electronica, post-rock, art pop and experimental folk music. Of the ...

Jeff Parker: The New Breed

Read "The New Breed" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There are certain artists that you know you can always count on. Whenever they are involved in something, at least it is going to be interesting and often it will be great. Guitarist Jeff Parker is one of those artists.

It has been an undivided pleasure following Parker through his many constellations, whether ...

Kenneth Whalum III: Taking Jazz Away From The Norm

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Kenneth Whalum III, a young jazz saxophonist, continues to grow and shine with his musical exploits. He's performed and helped shaped the live musical experiences of today's top hip-hop artists including Ludacris and Jay-Z, in addition to pop stars such as Justin Timberlake, Ciara and Bruno Mars. One person described Whalum's sound as “creatively engaging, intense, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Norfolk And Norwich Festival 2015

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Norfolk And Norwich Festival
Norwich, UK
May 8-24, 2015

With a program that includes dance, visual arts, site-specific theatre in city streets and ancient woodland and a few almost impossible to define events, a festival such as the annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival still manages to find space for jazz. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gideon Van Gelder: Lighthouse

Read "Lighthouse" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Amsterdam-based pianist Gideon van Gelder filters more bright ideas into his appropriately titled sophomore release Lighthouse, the follow up to the enlightening 2011 debut Perpetual (Kindred Spirits Records). This time the program juxtaposes funky ostinato pieces alongside beautiful tone-poem-like selections drawn from a wellspring of influences that include Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Bjork.

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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jason Moran: Joyful Proclamations

Read "Jason Moran: Joyful Proclamations" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Jason Moran requires no introduction, either as an artistic alchemist or a spokesperson and educator. Moran has left an indelible mark on modern jazz and is now seated at one of the nation's most preeminent performing spaces--the Kennedy Center--as its artistic director for jazz. Already, his capacity for insight, humor, and innovation have launched a new ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits

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Kris Bowers is a pristine example of what the term prodigy embodies. In 2011, at the tender age of 22, he became the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Bowers also received an astute musical education at Julliard School of Music in New York--receiving a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Film ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

A Look Back At Robert Glasper's Enoch's "Inaugural" Meditation

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One of the most powerful jazz documentation of a Presidential Inauguration was a YouTube presentation of Robert Glasper's “Enoch's Meditation," a piece from his 2005 album entitled Canvas. Glasper, a Blue Note artist and Grammy Award winning jazz piano star, has received critical acclaim for his trio style that weaves together a tapestry of diverse musical ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Introducing Nir Felder

Read "Introducing Nir Felder" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La recente uscita di Golden Age, debutto da leader di Nir Felder (Okeh 2014), conferma i positivi riconoscimenti che il chitarrista ottiene sulla scena musicale di New York. A partire da maestri come Greg Osby, Terri Lyne Carrington o Jack DeJohnette, molti jazzmen l'hanno coinvolto nei loro organici, facendolo conoscere oltre la cerchia del suo pubblico ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Romain Pilon: Colorfield

Read "Colorfield" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

French guitarist Romain Pilon might have been inspired in his early years by AC/DC's Angus Young, but he's clearly taking his cues from much calmer influences on Colorfield. Pilon is accompanied by tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, double bassist (and Whirlwind Records owner) Michael Janisch and drummer Jamire Williams on this atmospheric collection.

Colorfield ...