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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2019

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2019, that was some trip around the sun, wasn't it? Every road trip requires good tunes and this past year we heard some great music. The list below is my top ten, well fifteen releases (in no particular order). I pared down a much larger list, three times this size and still believe there was more ...

Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

Read "Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erik Skov: Liminality

Read "Liminality" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Liminality is defined as “occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold." Guitarist Erik Skov had a good idea: infuse his debut album with a certain amount of liminality (ambivalence) in the form of eight long-form compositions designed to lend his able sextet weighty meat on which to chew.

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Releases from Bhate, Bisio, Weiskopf, Eisenstadt and More...

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This week we focus on recent releases from Jaelem Bhate, Jerry Bergonzi, Walt Weiskopf, Dustin Laurenzi, Michael Bisio, and Harris Eisenstadt plus a handful of top tunes from the jazz archive.

Playlist Jaelem Bhate “On the Edge" from On the Edge (Self Released) 00:00 Jerry Bergonzi “1st Ray Intention" from The Seven Rays ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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

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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 ...