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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave O'Higgins & Rob Luft: Plays Monk & Trane

Read "Plays Monk & Trane" reviewed by Chris May

Hearing the young British guitarist Rob Luft for the first time on his debut album, Riser (Edition, 2017), was rather like hearing American guitarist Johnny Smith for the first time on Moonlight In Vermont (Roost, 1956). You knew you were listening to something special. And while much separates the players' styles, much unites them, too: Smith's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rafa Selase: Red Blooded American

Read "Red Blooded American" reviewed by Jim Olin

Powerful lyrics and seamless melodies with a timeless feel define the new album from Rafa Selase, which bridges the gaps between folk, hip-hop, and jazz. It also echoes the pioneering spoken-word music of Gil Scott-Heron in its real and vivid poetry. As one can interpret from the title, Selase reflects on the social and political environment ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bass Is the Place!

Read "Bass Is the Place!" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Where do rhythm and harmony intersect? Where do you feel the beat, not just with your ears but your whole body? Bass is the place where it all comes together. This week we celebrate some beloved jazz bass players, from riveting soloists to groundbreaking composers and consummate sidemen.

Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Irreversible Entanglements a Padova Jazz

Read "Irreversible Entanglements a Padova Jazz" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Irreversible Entanglements
Teatro Torresino
Padova Jazz Festival
Padova
5.11.2018

L'impatto sonoro, ritmico ed emotivo su cui si impernia la musica di Irreversible Entanglements è autentico: non mira a stupire o sedurre la platea con virtuosismi oppure con facili formule di presa diretta sul pubblico. È corrosivo, arroventato, ribollente, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

What Is Jazz? Vol.1 with Jimmy Mac

Read "What Is Jazz? Vol.1 with Jimmy Mac" reviewed by Mr Lob

What is Jazz? Is it freedom, is it tradition, is it alive, does it continue to evolve and thrive or is it an art form stuck in time? I cannot answer any of these questions or even really tell you what Jazz is. I can tell you how it makes me feel, where it takes me ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony

Read "Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Free-jazz, which marked the first revolution in jazz since bebop, and, some might say, the most significant revolution in the entire history of the music, was controversial and divisive. Still today, over half a century later, free-jazz is sometimes dismissed out of hand as just so much noise, or worse, finds itself simply airbrushed from the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne

Read "Hawthorne" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs began his Frequency Response series in 2003 with Conscription (CIMP Records). The group--then a quartet--included tenor saxophonist Brian Settles and drummer Chad Taylor. Alto saxophonist Jason Candler, violinists Jean Cook and Jenna Barvitski are later additions to Frequency Response. On their long-awaited fourth album Hawthorne, Abbs again stands in as a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Spoken Jazz & New Releases

Read "Spoken Jazz & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Spoken word is performance art that goes hand in hand with jazz because words often sound great and notes can speak loud and clear. In this episode we will explore the best of it, together with outstanding new releases that are making our summer even hotter than it already is!

Happy listening!

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Carmen Lundy: Code Noir

Read "Code Noir" reviewed by James Nadal

Being a genuine jazz singer requires a dedicated focus on sincerity, enhanced individuality, and a commitment to honoring tradition. With Code Noir, songstress extraordinaire Carmen Lundy reveals herself as a gifted griotte, a female singer of praises, exploring the musical and emotional realms encompassing the African diaspora through the music of Black America.

As ...