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Martin Nevin: Tenderness is Silent

Read "Tenderness is Silent" reviewed by Troy Dostert

After numerous sideman appearances with a wide swath of the jazz world, from Albert “Tootie" Heath to Greg Osby and Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Martin Nevin felt it was time to take on a more prominent role. For Tenderness is Silent, his debut disc as a leader, he's assembled a top-flight band, especially as these players are ...

Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg: Dirt...And More Dirt

Read "Dirt...And More Dirt" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

One of only three jazz musicians to win a Pulitzer Prize in Music, for his 2015 Pi Recordings release In for a Penny, In for a Pound, Henry Threadgill is the avant-garde member of a triumvirate that includes the mainstream in Wynton Marsalis and free jazz with legend Ornette Coleman. A musical illusionist, Threadgill can create ...

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Glenn Zaleski: Fellowship

Read "Fellowship" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Originario del Massachusetts, il pianista Glenn Zaleski è uno dei giovani talenti emergenti sulla scena newyorchese. Questo Fellowship è il suo secondo lavoro, sempre per Sunnyside, dopo My Ideal, del 2015.

Si tratta in buona sostanza di un classico esempio di piano trio, dall'impostazione piuttosto tradizionale, ma diversamente dal precedente album, basato su standard ...

Maria Grand: Tetrawind

Read "Tetrawind" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Throughout the history of jazz there has always seem to be two camps, one camp maintains a discriminatory dividing line between vocalists and instrumentalists. Vocalist are not always viewed as equals with instrumentalist. Unfortunately, vocalists are stigmatized as not possessing the same time sense, improvisatory skills, and instrument control. However, this has thankfully been changing as ...

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Chris Potter Quartet and Melissa Aldana Group at SFJAZZ

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Chris Potter Quartet/ Melissa Aldana Group
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
June 13, 2017

It is rare that two saxophonists share a bill with their quartets. It's even less common when one of the two is female. The two were Chris Potter and Melissa Aldana, and they shared the stage at SFJAZZ ...

Glenn Zaleski Trio at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Glenn Zaleski Trio
Chris' Jazz Cafe
jny: Philadelphia, PA
May 3, 2017

It might not seem all that difficult to get together with friends in your own neighborhood, but sometimes it's more tricky than you'd think. Glenn Zaleski has made his previous two records as a leader in the span of two years, both ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Glenn Zaleski: Fellowship

Read "Fellowship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ever overcook a dish? The end result is usually dry and wilted. How about undercooking? Has one of your meals ever succumbed to that fate? If it has, you've probably been disappointed by the raw and shapeless dish sitting before you. In composition, as in cooking, you need to find the perfect temperature that sits between ...

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Pi Recordings 2016 Releases

Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the 15 years of its existence, Pi Recordings has been the home of musical innovators both established and up and coming. Its catalogue includes works by such legends as composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and other members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The imprint is also ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

Read "Moving Still" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson has been an in-demand sideman for a decade, laying a foundation of top-tier groundwork in recording with Steve Coleman on all of that uncompromising composer's Five Elements albums since 2002. Finlayson's performing credits include gigs with Ravi Coltrane, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Vijay Iyer, and many other notable artists. Not until 2013 did ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

Read "Moving Still" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If the title of trumpeter-composer Jonathan Finlayson's sophomore outing doesn't fully express his keenness in balancing conceptual grounding and rigor with fly-to-the-outer-limits expressiveness, the music certainly does. Moving Still--the highly anticipated follow up to Moment And The Message (Pi Recordings, 2013)--finds Finlayson doing what he does best: offsetting intricate lines and latticework with episodes of openness, ...