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James Johnson III: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

Pittsburgh drummer James Johnson III has spent the past several years developing his songwriting style--the results of that development can be heard at length on the drummer's sophomore solo record, Full Circle. Full Circle is not only more subdued than 2014's Between ( James Johnson III), but it is also more stylistically uniform. This record is ...


Abullah Ibrahim at SFJAZZ

Read "Abullah Ibrahim at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Abdullah Ibrahim
San Francisco, CA
April 29-30, 2016

At 81, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, is still going strong, something he proved during a remarkable tour-de-force performance which spanned four nights at SFJAZZ in San Francisco.

For the first two evenings (Thursday and Friday), Ibrahim appeared in the company of ...


Wayne Bergeron: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Track and field aficionados will remember Olympic gold-medal-winning high-jumper, Dick Fosbury. Fosbury revolutionized his event by developing an unorthodox “backward flop" to hurdle the bar. No flop, for sure, but Full Circle from trumpeter Wayne Bergeron and his stellar Los Angeles teammates raise every aspect of the trumpeting and big band bar to atmospheric heights.


Christopher Parker: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Pianist Chris Parker is a musical explorer. He has travelled around the world musically and as his latest album Full Circle indicates, he has reached his destination and found an aesthetic where all the different aspects of his musical curiosity come together.

While Parker travels a lot musically, he doesn't visit the melancholy ...


Christopher Parker: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Chris Parker's second CD release on OA2 Records, Full Circle, sounds like an exciting live set full of vigorous life, something that engages the crowd and gets them up out of their seat, dancing. It's a quintet--common enough in jazz--with the uncommon use of violin in the front line beside the saxophone, reeling out unison ...

Anderskov Accident: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Full Circle è album registrato dal vivo al Christianshavns Beboerhus di Copenhagen nel febbraio del 2011 dall'Anderskov Accident, sestetto guidato dal pianista/compositore danese Jacob Anderskov sulle scene da oltre dieci anni e qui alla quarta testimonianza discografica. Diciamo subito che Full Circle è un gran album. Dell'esibizione live conserva energia, comunicatività e tensione narrativa magistralmente veicolate verso una ...


Full Circle: Underbelly

Read "Underbelly" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The British piano trio, Full Circle brings a wide range of influences and experiences to Underbelly, their debut album. The result is a slickly-produced collection of original tunes from three talented musicians and writers.

Pianist Joss Peach, who composed most of the tunes, is a percussionist as well as a pianist and plays ...


Graham Haynes: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Graham Haynes ha ormai maturato un’esperienza ricca, diversificata nei suoi capitoli. Se come strumentista ha saputo costantemente farsi valere sia in contesti d’avanguardia che in quelli più convenzionali, come leader-compositore ha intrapreso strade sperimentali tuttora in divenire, come dimostra questo recente Full Circle, opera in otto atti densa di riferimenti, proiettata idealmente in un futuro ancora dai contorni ...


David Benoit: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Some artists are so versatile they defy genre labels. Smooth jazz acts, for example, have been known to mix it up with Latin, blues, reggae and even traditional jazz. Then there's David Benoit. While he's done all of the above, that's only part of the picture. In addition to being a classical pianist, he is a ...

Jon Mayer: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Trio Rioï

Veteran New York musician Jon Mayer debuts on Reservoir Records with a balmy trio set that takes full advantage of Mr. Mayer's experience as a hard bop pianist. Mr. Mayer's credentials are impressive. In the early to mid 1950s, Mayer performed with Pete LaRoca and Ray Draper before moving on to Kenny Dorman's big ...