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NEWS: RECORDING

“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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Benji Kaplan: Chorando Sete Cores

Read "Chorando Sete Cores" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Composer and guitarist Benji Kaplan is an artist that brings vivid colors to his music, both in sound and imagery. Kaplan has three albums already in his growing discography: Meditações no violão, a solo guitar album, Reveries em Som, an album of duets with flautist Anne Drummond; and Uai Sô, a project that features various ensembles ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Roxy Coss: Standing Out

Read "Roxy Coss: Standing Out" reviewed by Paul Rauch

All About Jazz: You have recently released a new CD, Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017), just a year after the release of Restless Idealism (Origin, 2016). Albums are like a snapshot of a timeframe, how has that musical image changed in a year?

Roxy Coss: More back story is it was recorded more than ...

Harp Happenings: Brandee Younger And Pacific Harp Project

Read "Harp Happenings: Brandee Younger And Pacific Harp Project" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Harp happenings are relatively rare in jazz, but they are there. And when two highly agreeable and strikingly different harp-centric affairs appear on your doorstep around the same time, it really makes you stop and take notice of the instrument, its potential, and the players who are moving it forward and outward in various directions. Both ...

Nilson Matta: EastSideRioDrive

Read "EastSideRioDrive" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Many a bassist is renowned or applauded for the way they serve as ballast in a band, but what of the bassists who go the other way, providing lift instead of weight? There are precious few of them out there, but Nilson Matta is one one of them. Matta, whether working with the collectively-operated Trio Da ...

Rick Waldron: Africa

Read "Africa" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Multi-instrumentalist Rick Waldron is one talented guy -aside from playing all the guitars, basses and keyboards on Africa he also gets in some trombone, mandolin and banjo, plus doing the composing, arranging and production.

The album is not really about the music of Africa, and the title track “Africa" is not a deep musicological ...

Rick Waldron: Africa

Read "Africa" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Even before a single note of Africa hits the air, the long list of instruments played by leader/composer Rick Waldron suggests that something unusual is afoot. For his fourth CD Waldron, who has chaired the music department at Everett Community College since 1990, has created a lively and intricate session that defies easy description.

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Matthias Bublath

Read "Matthias Bublath" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Matthias Bublath is a composer, pianist, organist, and keyboardist based in jny: Munich, Germany. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in jny: Boston, he lived in jny: New York City for several years honing his skills before returning to his native Munich in 2009. During those years in New York he forged musical bonds ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matthias Bublath: Oceans

Read "Oceans" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Matthias Bublath works at the crossroads where consistency and diversity meet; the consistency comes with his sound, vision and personnel choices while the diversity connects to the type(s) of music he presents.

For Oceans, the German-born, New York-based pianist reconvened the same quintet that birthed his prior album, the highly enjoyable Harvest ...

Nilson Matta: Nilson Matta's Black Orpheus

Read "Nilson Matta's Black Orpheus" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta has, like all artists, has drawn inspiration for his music from a variety of sources--of which a play and a movie serve as the influence for the moving Black Orpheus. Antonio Carlos Jobim's compositions for the 1957 Vinicius de Moraes Brazilian play Orfeu da Conceicao and the 1959 Black Orpheus movie that ...