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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trish Clowes: My Iris

Read "My Iris" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

Firstly, each individual in the Trish Clowes Quartet, Trish Clowes on various saxophones, Ross Stanley on piano and Hammond, Chris Montague on guitar and James Maddren on drums, fits their corner perfectly, providing the extra dimension that makes their cohesive playing effortless. There are no shirkers or hang back components in this line up. My Iris ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

What We Liked: 2016

Read "What We Liked: 2016" reviewed by Michael Ricci

We took our top lists, found the common recordings, added a dozen of my personal faves, and presented them here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy, and feel free to post your 2016 favorites in the comments section below.


Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
Cuneiform Records
Michael Formanek

Corey Christiansen: Factory Girl

Read "Factory Girl" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist Corey Christiansen began his stint at Origin Records in 2008 with a top notch organ jazz outing, Roll With It. He followed that with an equally engaging disc featuring the same players, Outlaw Tractor on the label in 2010. On these two dates, Christensen and his superb band worked the soul jazz groove typical of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chamber 3: Grassroots

Read "Grassroots" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Do different geographies create different sounds? New York-hard and brassy, in your face and boppish; the Nordic countries--cool and reflective, spacious and dreamy; the American Midwest, Chicago and Detroit--soulful and hip with a hard urban edge. This is, of course, a simplification, with exceptions flying all over the place, but distinct similarities in sounds can be ...

U.S.U. Jazz Orchestra: Europa

Read "Europa" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Most jazz fans probably don't go chasing college ensembles around looking for the next hot CD release. Those college orchestras are learning grounds. But a well directed college group can indeed treat the ears to top level sounds. The proof is here, with Europa, by the U.S.U. (Utah State Universality) Jazz Orchestra.

Under the ...

NEWS: CONTEST

Enter the "Corey Christiansen - Lone Prairie" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

Enter the "Corey Christiansen - Lone Prairie" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Origin Records “Corey Christiansen - Lone Prairie“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on August 27th. Click here to enter the contest

(Becoming a fan of Corey Christiansen at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.)

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Corey Christiansen: Lone Prairie

Read "Lone Prairie" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Guitarist Corey Christiansen has released two previous recordings on the Origin label in Roll With It (2008) and Outlaw Tractor (2010). Both were well received and featured Christiansen's ethereal playing, characterized by a deep reverb beneath a slightly overdriven tone. These recordings are uniformly fine, but generally lacked a thematic center (not that one was required). ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Jazz & Blues Florida December 2012 Online Edition Posted

Jazz & Blues Florida December 2012 Online Edition Posted

The new edition of Jazz & Blues Florida, Florida's best and only free online source for information on live jazz and blues in clubs, concerts and festivals, is now available. This issue marks four years of being totally online. The issue also offers a special promotional click-through entry for a free drawing for tickets to Steve ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rick Drumm: Seizing the Day

Read "Rick Drumm: Seizing the Day" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's good to have dreams, but it's even better to follow them, to see them take shape before your eyes and to live them. Rick Drumm has lived more than one dream. Three years as drummer with NORAD, the North American Air Defense Band, was followed by two years drumming in the famous Ringling Bros. and ...

Human Spirit: Dialogue

Read "Dialogue" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The three players who now call themselves Human Spirit--drummer Matt Jorgensen, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and alto saxophonist Mark Taylor--have a very successful track record of recording together. They teamed up on Jorgensen's magnificent Tattooed by Passion (2010) and Another Morning (2008), and on Marriott's strange and splendid Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson (2008) and Flexicon ...