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“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

On Mother’s Day, Meg Okura, who converted to Judaism four years ago, will release Ima Ima, featuring trumpeter Tom Harrell and guitarist Rez Abbasi. Ima Ima (mom in Hebrew and now in Japanese) will be her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble's fourth album, showcasing extensive works composed since her pregnancy, for 10-piece chamber jazz ensemble. She ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jessica Lurie: In It For The Long Haul

Read "Jessica Lurie: In It For The Long Haul" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music, in all its forms, spread throughout world culture, is deeply embedded in the American experience. It is a culture based phenomena uniquely reflecting that experience in such a personal and expressive way as to embrace the myriad of crosscurrents that express new interpretations of the form.

It is deep as the physicality ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jessica Lurie: Long Haul

Read "Long Haul" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jessica Lurie's new aptly titled release Long Haul (Chant, 2017) is a statement not of an arduous journey of endurance, but of her devotion to craft over three decades that has seen her carve out a musical identity of great diversity and depth. Her career personifies her experience as a strong woman instrumentalist, composer and vocalist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

38th International Jazzfestival Saalfelden

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International Jazzfestival of Saalfelden
Saalfelden, Austria
August 24-27, 2017

Once again, set against the amazing backdrop of the Austrian Alps, the International Jazzfestival of Saalfelden offered a unique perspective on the most adventurous jazz from around the world, as it does since its inception in the 1970s.

It is no coincidence ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2017

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Fotografare lo stato dell'arte nell'ambito del jazz e delle musiche limitrofe è compito che il festival di Saalfelden svolge assai bene ormai da decenni. Non solo la rassegna austriaca non rinuncia ad alcuna delle sue prerogative estetiche (apertura massima rispetto agli stili contemporanei, volontà di anticipare tendenze, capacità di realizzare prime esecuzioni mondiali), ma anzi, trova ...

Brian Marsella Trio: Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31

Read "Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

How many angels are there? Alto saxophonist/composer John Zorn started his Masada Book Two, Book of Angels endeavor in 2005, with Astaroth: Book of Angels, Volume 1, by the Jamie Saft Trio. Thirty recordings and twelve years later, he offers up Buer: Book Of Angels, Volume 31, by the Brian Marsella Trio. A tune for every ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fresh Cut Orchestra: Mind Behind Closed Eyes

Read "Mind Behind Closed Eyes" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It's difficult to believe that the rich, full Mind Behind Closed Eyes is only the second release from jny:Philadelphia's Fresh Cut Orchestra; it sounds so much more developed and mature than that. Composed by the Orchestra's core trio of drummer Anwar Marshall, bassist Jason Fraticelli and trumpeter Josh Lawrence, and rounded out by a host of ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB

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Dave Fiuczynski
Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!
RareNoise Records
2016

Simultaneously dedicated to 20th century classical composer Olivier Messiaen and legendary rap and hip-hop producer J Dilla, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! is a musical adventurer's dream and a purist's nightmare. But anything more conventional from conceptualist, composer and guitarist ...

Fresh Cut Orchestra: From the Vine

Read "From the Vine" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La Fresh Cut Orchestra è un ensemble di dieci giovani musicisti di stanza a Filadelfia guidato dal trombettista Josh Lawrence (Erykah Badu, Orrin Evans), dal bassista Jason Fraticelli (Mark Guiliana) e dal batterista Anwar Marshall (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dave Douglas). L'anomalia dei tre leader si riflette in una musica dalle molte sfaccettature come ben evidenziato da “The ...

Fresh Cut Orchestra: From The Vine

Read "From The Vine" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In late 2012, the Painted Bride Art Center of Philadelphia commissioned local musicians Jason Fraticelli (bass), Anwar Marshall (drums) and Josh Lawrence (trumpet) to collaboratively compose new music for a ten-piece ensemble. “The Painted Bride contacted us about putting together this music, and we all agreed pretty much from the get-go about who we wanted to ...