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JD Allen: Love Stone

Read "Love Stone" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Beneath this tough tenor's exterior rests the most tender of spirits. If you need evidence, just spend some time with Love Stone.

After carving out his rightful place at the apex with a series of brilliant piano-less trio outings focused on pithy originals, saxophonist JD Allen recently felt the winds of change in ...

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Mara Rosenbloom Trio: Prairie Burn

Read "Prairie Burn" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When thought outpaces action in music, the results are often staid and forgettable. Conversely, when thinking is suppressed in favor of ceaseless activity, the end results are often turbid, shambolic, and largely unlistenable. It's the power struggle between the two, along with the personalities controlling that struggle, that help jazz to expand, evolve, explore, and excite. ...

JD Allen: Americana

Read "Americana" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

JD Allen is an artist who always delivers. He is also an artist who takes risks, willing to explore his limitations, and then break them; to expose his vulnerabilities, and reflect upon their source and meaning. His experimentation is not obvious. It spirals inwards, orbiting the central axis of jazz, while traversing its various trajectories with ...

Pete Rodriguez: El Conde Negro

Read "El Conde Negro" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Le splendide doti di Pete Rodriguez evidenziate due anni fa nel debutto Caminando con Papi le ritroviamo in questo nuovo lavoro, registrato ancora in quintetto, dove ritroviamo il pianista Luis Perdomo e il percussionista Robert Quintero ma si aggiungono Rudy Royston alla batteria e Ricky Rodriguez al contrabbasso, rendendo jazzisticamente avvincente la dimensione ritmica. Il risultato ...

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NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

NYC Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 13-17, 2016

If you make the rounds in New York City on any night of the week, during any week of the year, there's always an abundance of quality jazz to hear. But when NYC Winter Jazzfest takes hold, the cup truly runneth over. This massive ...

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Amos Hoffman: Back To The City

Read "Back To The City" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Amos Hoffman's story is one of departures and returns. This guitarist-oudist cut his teeth in his native Israel, made his way to Amsterdam, and finally ended up in New York in the '90s as part of what could be considered the first wave of Israeli jazz talent to really make an impact on the Big Apple. ...

Pete Rodriguez: El Conde Negro

Read "El Conde Negro" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pete Rodriguez isn't a purist. He knows his salsa, as one would expect of the offspring of famed salsa vocal icon Pete “El Conde" Rodriguez, and he knows his jazz. But this trumpeter-vocalist sees no need to draw strong separation between the two. In creating El Conde Negro, Rodriguez mines Nuyorican musical veins and jazz lodes, ...

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Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen: Questioned Answer

Read "Questioned Answer" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Four highly regarded musicians from three different age groups come together for a two-leader session resulting in one terrific album. That's Questioned Answer by the numbers, but there's a lot more to the story than basic numerics.

The partnership between veteran trumpeter Brian Lynch and rising star pianist Emmet Cohen was born out ...

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Lila Downs at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Read "Lila Downs at Jazz at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Lila Downs
Jazz At Lincoln Center
New York, NY
October 11, 2014

On her two-day residence at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Lila Downs showcased a solid set of old favorites alongside new material from Raiz (Sony Latin, 2014), a collaboration with singers Soledad and Niña Pastori. Backed by ...

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Paul Bollenback: Portraits In Space And Time

Read "Portraits In Space And Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Paul Bollenback is valued by listeners and musicians alike for his incisive and inventive guitar work, wholly in the tradition while simultaneously branching out beyond the same old same old. His playing has been a key ingredient--in some cases, the key ingredient--in much of organ kingpin Joey DeFrancesco's recorded output, saxophonist Jim Snidero's highly praised ...