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Fred Hersch: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Fred Hersch has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since the 1970s. By now a legendary international figure, Hersch has over the years compiled a powerful and diverse discography that includes everything from jazz standards to original compositions, a mostly solo album of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, an original composition, Leaves ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fred Hersch: Life, Music, and the Creative Process

Read "Fred Hersch: Life, Music, and the Creative Process" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Since his arrival on the jazz scene in the 1970s, pianist Fred Hersch has developed from a sought after sideman to a multi-Grammy nominated jazz icon, creative force, and significant composer of songs, jazz standards, and original complete works, the latter including Leaves of Grass (Palmetto, 2005), based upon the poetry of Walt Whitman. As one ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stephan Crump / Kris Davis / Eric McPherson: Asteroidea

Read "Asteroidea" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When one hears the slightly ominous bass-register ostinato from Kris Davis's piano at the outset of the Borderlands Trio's debut album, Asteroidea, a spirit of mystery and intrigue quickly emerges. Its repetitive effect is hypnotic, and it creates the kind of mood you'd expect in classic film noir, where the unexpected is lurking right around the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Borderlands Trio: Asteroidea

Read "Asteroidea" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I'll venture a guess that the listing of the names on Borderlands Trio's cover is arranged in alphabetic order, Crump, Davis, then McPherson. That is because nothing in the performance reveals a leader, nor a dominant signature. For adventurous listeners, isn't that exactly what we want from our improvisors?

Let's stick with just Borderlands ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz

Read "Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz
Fred Hersch
307 Pages
ISBN: #9781101904343
Crown Archetype Press
2017

Disclaimer #1: Like the author, I harbor a blood pathogen (he HIV, me Leukemia) that is intent on killing me.

Disclaimer #2: Being of similar ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Ravi Coltrane Live in Montreal and New York City

Read "Ravi Coltrane Live in Montreal and New York City" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Ravi Coltrane continues to evolve as an artist of remarkable depth and breadth as reflected in the diversity of contexts in which he engages. Coltrane was featured in three different musical settings at the recent (2017) jny: Montreal International Jazz Festival Invitation Series. All concerts were held at the Centre de Creativite Gesu, an intimate concert ...

Take Five with Mike Casey

Read "Take Five with Mike Casey" reviewed by Mike Casey

About Mike Casey
Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the jny: Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

DE3 (Duane Eubanks, Eric McPherson, Dezron Douglas): Live at Maxwell's

Read "Live at Maxwell's" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Il trio DE3 (Eubanks-Douglas-McPherson) è toccato dalla grazia in questa incisione dal vivo al Maxwell's di New York.

Già la formula di tromba-contrabbasso-batteria è piuttosto rara, vengono in mente al volo Roy Campbell e Kirk Knuffke, ma è la lingua comune fra i tre che si sprigiona già nell'esordio di “Brainfreeze" a catturare ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album  "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Saxophonist and composer Mike Casey is proud to announce the February 7, 2017 release of his debut album The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door. Splitting his time between alto and tenor saxophone, Casey and his longtime trio present a fresh approach to the chordless saxophone trio format over the course of seven first-takes. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Duane Eubanks/Eric McPherson/Dezron Douglas: Live At Maxwell's

Read "Live At Maxwell's" reviewed by Budd Kopman

DE3 is a cooperative trio whose name is an acronym for its members: bassist Dezron Douglas, drummer Eric McPherson both of whom came from trumpeter Duane Eubanks's, quintet (which includes saxophonist Abraham Burton and Marc Cary on keyboards).

Engineer Jimmy Katz, who recorded Noah Preminger's trio on Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar so ...