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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Various Venues
Montréal, Canada
June 27 -July 1, 2019

Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brandee Younger: Soul Awakening

Read "Soul Awakening" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Sure the recording for Soul Awakening was completed in 2013, but we are more than fortunate that harpist Brandee Younger and producer/bassist Dezron Douglas have chosen now to free this music from the vaults. For Soul Awakening brings a defining clarity to what we've experienced on previous releases, such as the raw, groove/fusion of 2014's The ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Soul Awakening with Harpist Brandee Younger

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Harpist Brandee Younger's latest release, Soul Awakening, is a collection of 8 well executed compositions, complete with easily felt energy and introspection. Soul Awakening features bassist Dezron Douglas , drummer E.J. Strickland, saxophonists Stacy Dillard, Chelsea Baratz, Antoine Roney and Ravi Coltrane, drummer Chris Beck, trumpeters Freddie Hendrix, Sean Jones, vocalist Niia, trombonist Corey Wilcox, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Dease: Bonafide

Read "Bonafide" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Listening critically to recently produced mainstream-jazz recordings often feels like prospecting for gold amidst the dross of familiar templates, all-too-common stylistic references, and unremarkable performances. However, occasionally, even when a record doesn't hang together particularly well and is likely to disappear under the weight of scores of similar sounding releases, diligence is rewarded by a track ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lauren Sevian: Bliss

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Since joining the Mingus Big Band in 2003, baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian has been opening eyes in the saxophone world, especially in the exclusive club that includes those dedicated primarily to the bari. Her style more resembles that of modern tenor players such as Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner, while retaining the pure sound and articulation ...

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Manuel Valera: The Planets

Read "The Planets" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Cuban-born pianist Manuel Valera is not unknown to jazz-heads who make it their business to listen and champion. But, since his acclaimed 2004 debut Forma Nueva, a couple of Grammy nods, and last year's quietly brilliant The Seasons, Valera's name and exciting blend of culture, tradition, and progression has spread deservedly like wildfire through the larger ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

E. J. Strickland Quintet At Scullers Jazz Club

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EJ Strickland Quintet
Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA
September 21, 2017

“A lot of people ask, you know, what the state of jazz is. I love what's going on." E.J. Strickland's mellow baritone is measured and thoughtful as he spoke from behind the drum set. This is the last tune of the ...

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Marquis Hill Blacktet at Scullers Jazz Club

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Marquis Hill Blacktet
Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA
August 26, 2017

We have a few places to stop and hear someone sling a horn in Boston, but Scullers Jazz Club has long been one of the best. It has better acoustics than the Regattabar, better drinks than the ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Ravi Coltrane Live in Montreal and New York City

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Ravi Coltrane continues to evolve as an artist of remarkable depth and breadth as reflected in the diversity of contexts in which he engages. Coltrane was featured in three different musical settings at the recent (2017) jny: Montreal International Jazz Festival Invitation Series. All concerts were held at the Centre de Creativite Gesu, an intimate concert ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Manuel Valera Trio: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although Manuel Valera originally staked his claim to fame as a “Latin jazz" pianist, it's fair to say that he has sought to transcend the constraints imposed by that label. On this release, the second by his trio with bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer E.J. Strickland, Valera displays just as much interest in drawing from the ...