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Vámanos – Let’s Go!

Read "Vámanos – Let’s Go!" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

As jazz continues to indelibly leave imprints on music all over the globe, this column explores everything from classic 1960s and '70 singles from Peru to contemporary updates of traditional blues from Turkey and Greece. Vámanos--let's go!

Ҫiğdem Aslan
Asphalt Tango

Ҫiğdem Aslan was born in the ...


Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Since he began to seriously pursue a career as a jazz artist back in the 1960s, Dave Liebman has been on a transformative journey towards becoming a true original in the genre. After assuming sideman slots with the likes of Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name but a few, he has certainly earned ...


Michael Stephans / Spatial Edition: Open Spaces

Read "Open Spaces" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Michael Stephans--educator and published author of prose and poetry--also happens to be a master jazz drummer and percussionist. The Miami-born Stephans, who these days lives in the surprisingly jazz-heavy Pennsylvania Poconos, has performed with world renowned horn players like Pharoah Sanders, Dave Liebman and Bennie Maupin, as well as Grammy-winning pianist, Alan Broadbent, among others. On ...


Alan Broadbent Trio: New York, NY, September 24, 2011

Read "Alan Broadbent Trio: New York, NY, September 24, 2011" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Alan Broadbent Trio
New York, NY
September 24, 2011

Park Avenue's Kitano briefly seemed like Bradley's in its heyday, as piano jazz royalty like Fred Hersch, Bill Mays and Andy Bey converged on a single location to take in the sounds of one of their own. While Alan Broadbent is rightly hailed ...


Dave Liebman: Live / As Always and Quest for Freedom

Read "Dave Liebman: Live / As Always and Quest for Freedom" reviewed by John Kelman

Quite possibly the hardest-working saxophonist--if not the hardest working musician, period--these days, not a month goes by when there doesn't seem to be a new release from veteran jazzer Dave Liebman.

In the twelve months since autumn 2009 alone, Liebman has been spotted in freer terrain, collaborating with another active saxophonist, Evan Parker, ...


Matt Vashlishan: No Such Thing

Read "No Such Thing" reviewed by John Kelman

With more and more young players releasing their debuts, it's no small challenge to filter one's way to the top of the growing pile of CDs released each month. Saxophonist Matt Vashlishan couldn't have chosen a better route than on No Such Thing. Recruiting three-fourths of saxophonist Dave Liebman's stellar group--not just one of jazz's hardest ...


Dave Liebman / Michael Stephans: Nomads

Read "Nomads" reviewed by John Kelman

If ever there was a title to best fit Dave Liebman, it would be Nomads. Stylistically, the reedman's life has represented an endless traverse of infinite musical landscapes, ranging from freely improvised music with Australia-based pianist Mike Nock on Duologue (Birdland, 2007), and modern, open-ended mainstream with longtime musical partner, pianist Richie Beirach--heard most recently on ...


Dave Liebman / Michael Stephans: Nomads

Read "Nomads" reviewed by Chris Kompanek

Veteran saxophonist Dave Liebman is no stranger to experimentation, cutting his teeth playing with Elvin Jones and then Miles Davis' groundbreaking fusion group in the '70s. Drummer/poet Michael Stephans has played with everyone from Pharoah Sanders and John Patitucci to classic rock legends David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. On Nomads, the duo takes on many ...


Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans Release Duets CD "Nomads"

Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans Release Duets CD "Nomads"

ITM Records, a division of Jazzwerkstatt Records has just released a unique series of duets by saxophonist Dave Liebman and drummer Michael Stephans; however, rather than recording a series of saxophone-drums duets, Liebman and Stephans sought to do something very different. They each play seven instruments in addition to their main voices, including piano, pocket cornet, ...


Charlie O the Jazz Man

Read "Charlie O the Jazz Man" reviewed by Randall Robinson

Charlie Ottaviano's biggest passion in life was jazz. He always dreamed of opening a jazz club and he did just that in August 2000, little by little converting the small neighborhood establishment into a real jazz venue. He started small with music one night a week with John Heard and Earl Palmer performing and soon it ...