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Dustin Laurenzi: Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog

Read "Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Many genius artists have been labeled as freaks or lunatics because they didn't conform to the standards of civil society, let alone the codes of behavior for musicians. Thelonious Monk, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Sun Ra are obvious examples of brilliant creators whose music endures and is celebrated. Add to that list Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999) ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

NY Free Quartet, Michael Gregory Jackson & Marc Jufer

Read "NY Free Quartet, Michael Gregory Jackson & Marc Jufer" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a wide variety of great tunes this episode: Club D'Elf kicks it off with the title track to their latest live set, saxophonist Muriel Grossmann and her quartet acknowledge the musical and mystical paths of John Coltrane, the New York Free Quartet's Dream Time marks their return to releasing excellent work, and the very influential ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Dietrich Jazz Ensemble (featuring Clarence Penn): Forward

Read "Forward" reviewed by Troy Dostert

There's something to be said for acknowledging one's artistic debts. It's a trait especially prominent in jazz, where musicians paying tribute to their forebears is commonplace, a way to sustain the tradition and recognize its continual evolution. Trumpeter and composer Paul Dietrich has certainly done that with the debut recording from his large ensemble, Forward. Although ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
September 23-24, 2017

Even though the 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is on the books and the music is no longer audible, the spirit of the weekend endures. What has become an annual rite and celebration of music, culture, and maybe above, all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Vogt: For Free

Read "For Free" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Andrew Vogt, da non confondere col quasi omonimo Andrew Voigt, membro fondatore del glorioso Rova Saxophone Quartet, è un bassista dell'area di Chicago con frequentazioni anche illustri (Ernie Watts, Donny McCaslin, Stevie Wonder, Nate Watts) che nel febbraio 2016 ha registrato questo breve CD (trentatré minuti: lui lo cataloga addirittura come EP) che costituisce la prima ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Vogt: For Free

Read "For Free" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Bassist Andrew Vogt's engaging EP, the entirely improvised For Free, serves as a teaser for two of his upcoming 2017 recordings. The tracks on For Free are from the same sessions that resulted in the above mentioned The AV Club and Awakening, but they are not included on either of them.

The spontaneously created ...

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Twin Talk: Twin Talk

Read "Twin Talk" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

One of the more pleasant listening experiences this year has been Twin Talk from the eponymous Indie group based in Chicago. The jazz trio of drummer Andrew Green, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi and bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst produce a project of fresh music and through original material and inventive performances.

Having worked together over the ...

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Dustin Laurenzi: Natural Language

Read "Natural Language" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The first thing you notice about saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi is that he is an old soul. Not that he's old, he and bandmates guitarist Jeff Swanson, bassist Mike Harmon, and drummer Charles Rumback, are the next generation in Chicago's creative jazz tradition. It's his music that fits within the definition of old soul. It is comfortably ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeremy Cunningham Quartet: re: dawn (from far)

Read "re: dawn (from far)" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Since he moved to Chicago in 2009, Jeremy Cunningham has been a vital addition to the jazz environment and his debut as a leader, re: dawn (from far) , shows an assured musician and composer who effortlessly taps into the great musical tradition of the city.

Cunningham has teamed up with one of ...