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ARTICLE: RADIO

Aretha in Jazz & New Releases

Read "Aretha in Jazz & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we pay homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, looking into her early jazz forays and her influence on many jazz musicians. We'll then dive into a bin full of extraordinary new albums.

Happy listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Badbadnotgood Is Truly Goodgoodnotbad

Read "Badbadnotgood Is Truly Goodgoodnotbad" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Among the pleasantest surprises of 2016, a year replete with many notably unpleasant surprises, was the appearance of IV by the poly-stylistic jazz / instrumental hiphop quartet BadBadNotGood. IV came hot on the heels of Sour Soul, their remarkable 2015 collaboration with Ghostface Killah. If you still bristle when you see the words “jazz" and “hiphop" ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Chuck Hammer: Blind On Blind

Read "Chuck Hammer: Blind On Blind" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Award-winning composer, guitarist, recording artist and producer Chuck Hammer has been an active influence on the progressive music scene since the mid-1970's, working with Laurie Anderson, David Bowie and Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, and Lou Reed, with whose band he recorded and toured globally for several years. An early adopter of the Roland guitar synthesizer, Hammer ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Parker Abbott Trio: Elevation

Read "Elevation" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It's hard to imagine a musical palette with more sonic possibilities: It's a bunch of 88s: two pianos, combined with an array of electric keyboards: Moogs, MicroKorgs (sounds like small aliens from the planet Korgon), glockenspiels, melodicas, a Hammond B-3 organ, a Nord Electro, a Microbrute (a diminutive schoolyard bully?), a Moog Sub Phatty. And throw ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Bruce Lundvall, Longtime Blue Note President, Dies At 79

Bruce Lundvall, Longtime Blue Note President, Dies At 79

It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved music man & longtime President of Blue Note Records, Bruce Lundvall. He was 79 years old. The cause was complications from a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1935, Bruce was a lifelong jazz lover whose passion for the music ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Warren Haynes: The Timeline of Sco-Mule and Beyond

Read "Warren Haynes: The Timeline of Sco-Mule and Beyond" reviewed by Doug Collette

By all accounts, Warren Haynes is known to be an upbeat forward-thinking individual. In this recent conversation however, he is borderline ebullient. And why not? Last October he aided immeasurably in bringing the forty-five year career of the Allman Brothers Band to a spectacular close. By the time of that historic appearance at New York's Beacon ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wil Blades: Field Notes

Read "Field Notes" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio.

Wil Blades provides an excellent case study in groove. Throughout the past fifteen years, this B-3 bombardier has worked with blues and ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

What a Wonderful World (of Music)

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Wil Blades
Field Notes
Royal Potato Family
2014

It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio.

Wil Blades provides an excellent case study ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charm: Charm

Read "Charm" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Allievo di Roberto Bonati al conservatorio di Parma, pluripremiato, Alessandro Sgobbio è senza alcun dubbio un pianista straordinariamente dotato. Il problema è semmai che, come tanti altri strumentisti pieni di virtù tecnico-linguistiche, si accontenta un po' troppo di mostrarcelo. Questo lavoro, realizzato all'inizio del 2013 in trio con i francesi Xuan Lindenmeyer e Frédéric Chapperon, ci ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gent Jazz Festival 2014 - Part Two: Jazz Peripherals

Read "Gent Jazz Festival 2014 - Part Two: Jazz Peripherals" reviewed by Martin Longley

Gent Jazz Festival
De Bijloke
Gent, Belgium
July 17-19, 2014

The second weekend of this festival is traditionally devoted to musics that lurk outside of the jazz sphere, but resonating in sympathy with the core. Of course, there were a few stray acts from the mainline, just ...