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Ahmad Jamal: Marseille

Read "Marseille" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Four years between studio albums is a long gap by Ahmad Jamal's standards. Not that the 87-year-old pianist has been idle since the widely acclaimed Saturday Morning (Jazz Village, 2013). He's released two live albums in that time--Live at The Olympia (Jazz Village, 2014) featuring Yusef Lateef and Live in Marciac 2014 (Jazz Village, 2015)--and remains ...

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Kyle Eastwood: In Transit

Read "In Transit" reviewed by Kris Perdew

Now that he is into his late 40's and has released nine albums in his 19 years as leader, no lingering doubt can remain that bassist and composer Kyle Eastwood has stepped out of the formidable shadow of his father. The latest evidence is presented here in the form of Eastwood's latest release, In Transit.

Uri Gurvich: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's all about fellowship, culture, and concordance of spirit and sound. Put simply, saxophonist Uri Gurvich's Kinship is diversity and unity in league.

Gurvich's third release, following The Storyteller (Tzadik, 2009) and BabEL (Tzadik 2013), keys in on many of the same aspects as his earlier work. The music is a multicultural amalgam that speaks ...

Andrew McCormack: Graviton

Read "Graviton" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Graviton's nearest comparison might well be Chick Corea's early albums Return To Forever and Light As A Feather with Flora Purim. But this is much more effusive and busier with stop/start melodies as heard on “Breathe" and the title track. Wordless vocals swoop over insistent piano runs and saxophone incursions courtesy of London-born singer Eska (Eska ...

Ahmad Jamal: Marseille

Read "Marseille" reviewed by Roger Farbey

There are few true jazz legends left alive now let alone still recording albums of the calibre of Marseille. Ahmad Jamal is one such venerable figure and the octogenarian (born July 2, 1930) has recorded an album of consistent brilliance. Jamal prefers to refer to his playing as American classical music rather than jazz and he's ...

David Linx / Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Brel

Read "Brel" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While David Linx's name may not be writ large here in the States, the fifty-one year-old singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist is a mega-star in his native Belgium, and in 2005 was named Best Jazz Musician in Europe, which covers a whole lot of territory. On Brel, Linx sings music composed by his Belgian forerunner, the late ...

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Gilad Hekselman: Homes

Read "Homes" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The “heir apparent" concept does not exist in jazz. Younger artists seeking status and respect must earn it through the rigors of performing and creating music through their own voice and merit. While the talented Israeli-born New York-based guitarist Gilad Hekselman's skill has been likened to Pat Metheny and Kurt Rosenwinkel, he's doing just that with ...

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Justin Kauflin: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Al debutto autoprodotto di quattro anni fa (Introducing Justin Kauflin) il pianista di Silver Spring fa seguire un nuovo album con poche variazioni stilistiche e d'organico. Ritroviamo il fresco ed elegante modern mainstream eseguito in piano trio e in quartetto con chitarra. Fanno il loro ingresso nuovi partner accanto ai consueti Billy Williams alla batteria ed ...

Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon: Perpetual Motion

Read "Perpetual Motion" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The composer, poet and instrument inventor Louis Thomas Hardin, alias Moondog remains one of the most celebrated and eccentric figures in the annals of modern music. The Kansas born Hardin, who lost his sight in a farming accident at 16, went from a unique street performer in New York to a published and recorded influential musician ...

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Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon: Perpetual Motion (A Celebration of Moondog)

Read "Perpetual Motion (A Celebration of Moondog)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 1932, when he was sixteen years old, living in the heartland of depression era America, a farm accident left Louis Thomas Hardin blind. For roughly twenty-five years spanning the 1940s to the mid-1970s, he was often found on some street corner in the vicinity of 52nd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, sometimes talking philosophically ...