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Andy Zimmerman: Half Light

Read "Half Light" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Saxophonist Andy Zimmerman is not a household name. The native Chicagoan has been composing, performing, and teaching music for more than two decades. In part, he comes to the subscription-based vinyl label Newvelle by virtue of a long association with the label's co-founder Elan Mehler, himself an accomplished jazz pianist. Mehler and Zimmerman played together at ...

Steve Cardenas: Charlie & Paul

Read "Charlie & Paul" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The third season of the subscription-based vinyl label Newvelle launches with a quartet led by guitarist Steve Cardenas. A Kansas City native, he cut his teeth in that city before moving to New York in the mid-1990s. Cardenas has appeared on more than fifty albums playing with Ben Allison, Jon Cowherd, Chris Cheek, Eliane Elias, Chris ...

The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund

Read "The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

A good form is hard to find, but the quintet offers plenty of variety in terms of musical texture and yet has the intimacy that a larger band often misses. Here are two artists who both take full advantage of the format of the quintet. Both are leaders who write their own tunes, and both are ...

Uri Gurvich: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Nel cursus discografico di Uri Gurvich c'è qualcosa di prezioso come un progetto non estemporaneo, ma protratto sul lungo periodo. È questa ricerca di coerenza che ha portato il sassofonista israeliano ha registrare i suoi dischi insieme a un quartetto rimasto immutato negli anni: questo Kinship, uscito per Jazz Family, fa seguito ai due precedenti lavori ...

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The alliance of Latin music and American jazz ripened on these shores more than seventy years ago, nourished by pioneers such as Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Tito Puente and others. It has been carried forward and enhanced since then by a succession of remarkable innovators including in recent years the Cuban-born drummer Dafnis ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

FORQ at The World Cafe Live

Read "FORQ at The World Cafe Live" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

FORQ
The World Café Live
Philadelphia PA
July 31 2017

One can be well-versed in the two (whoops, now three) albums worth of music by FORQ, (and in the music from the other bands the individual members hail from) and still not be totally prepared for the impact of ...

Matija Dedić: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Croatian pianist Matija Dedic opens his Dedicated with the extraordinarily lovely and wistful “Symphoetetic Waltz." Saxophonist  Chris Cheek's sweet saxophone floats like an angel over this chamber jazz esthetic. Pianist Dedic tells this--and all of the stories on the disc--with a crystal clear clarity. Upping the chamber jazz mood, cellist Noah Hoffeld enters on “His Visit" ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six St. Louis saxophonists you should know

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six St. Louis saxophonists you should know

When talk turns to saxophonists from St. Louis, many knowledgeable music fans will associate our city with David Sanborn and World Saxophone Quartet founding members Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake and Julius Hemphill. Sanborn, Bluiett, and Lake all grew up in this area, and Hemphill, though not a native, made an important contribution to the Black Artists Group ...

Andrew Hartman: Compass

Read "Compass" reviewed by Edward Blanco

New York-based jazz guitarist Andrew Hartman offers his second album as leader with the modern jazz-like Compass featuring nine originals and a newly-arranged rendition of the Paul Simon classic “America." The music is decidedly modern with a taste of the Brazilian and Indian musical influences. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Hartman moved to London, UK in 2011 ...

Charlie Haden / Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings

Read "Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Formed by bassist Charlie Haden in 1969 to protest America's war in Vietnam/Indochina, the Liberation Music Orchestra has reconvened roughly every ten years to record musical protest in the face of major injustices. Time/Life: Song for the Whales and Other Beings was inspired by concern at global ecological destruction, and to that end the music has ...