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NEWS: RECORDING

Vivi Hu Becomes New Creation On New EP

Vivi Hu Becomes New Creation On New EP

Don’t tell singer, songwriter, and bandleader Vivi Hu that fairy tales never come true. Once upon a time, a young girl was born in Xiamen, China, where she grew up studying traditional Chinese music, along with vocals and flute. After her first exposure to jazz at a festival in Shanghai, she ambitiously determined to infuse jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues
jny: Penang, Malaysia
December 1-4, 2016

A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

Jan Kus Quartet: Faith

Read "Faith" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

As a young Slovenian saxophone student, Jan Kus proved so promising that he earned a scholarship from the Slovenian Ministry of Culture to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, studies which included tours of Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, and The Netherlands, with other young European jazz players. In 2012, Kus crossed ...

India to Italy, Brazil to Slovenia–Where WON'T Jazz Go?

Read "India to Italy, Brazil to Slovenia–Where WON'T Jazz Go?" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Avataar
Petal
Self-Produced
2016

While growing up in the Northern Ontario mining town of Sunbury, he was known as “Sam." But in his early twenties, Sundar Viswanathan reconnected with his Indian name and heritage, and, through several conservatory courses spanning North Indian classical to Turkish maquam music, ...

Lucas Pino: No Net Nonet

Read "No Net Nonet" reviewed by Jack Bowers

So there is hope after all. With so much jazz these days soaring into realms that are often uncharted and at times unfathomable, it is a pleasure to hear groups such as tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino's No Net Nonet, which are remarkably creative even as they adhere to the basic precepts of melody, harmony and rhythm. ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dave Sumner's Best Releases/Downloads of 2011

Read "Dave Sumner's Best Releases/Downloads of 2011" reviewed by Dave Sumner

It's never easy compiling best of lists, but here are twelve albums for which my enthusiasm hasn't ebbed during the course of the year. A free download is available for each of them, except for the Avital (which I'm in the process of obtaining) and the Haarla (which I'll never get). Enjoy! Tunnel Six Lake Superior ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rafal Sarnecki: The Madman Rambles Again

Read "The Madman Rambles Again" reviewed by Greg Simmons

The Madman Rambles Again is a counterintuitive name for such a carefully constructed album. The compositions feature layered, periodically angular melodies, showing off tight arrangements and a serious dramatic flair. Far from being a madman, guitarist Rafal Sarnecki is a decidedly forward-looking leader with an intense aesthetic on this sophomore effort.

Instrumental leadership is ...