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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Burak Bedikyan: New Beginning

Read "New Beginning" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his fourth release as a leader, the thoughtful and captivating New Beginning, pianist Burak Bedikyan has matured both as a composer and improviser. The album is Bedikyan's first with a trio and consists mostly, although not entirely, of original material. The cadence and the melody within each piece transform in delightfully surprising ways while maintaining ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Andrew Rathbun | New Album Out On Steeplechase Records

Andrew Rathbun | New Album Out On Steeplechase Records

Saxophonist, composer & Toronto native Andrew Rathbun has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence in nearly 20 years as a recording artist. Voted as a ‘rising star’ in this year’s Downbeat Critics Poll, he adds to his portfolio of stirring original albums this winter, with the release of Character Study on Steeplechase ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Mintzer Big Band / New York Voices: Meeting of Minds

Read "Meeting of Minds" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's an appetizing treat for fans of big bands and vocals alike, neatly wrapped in one handsome package by the stalwart Bob Mintzer Big Band and the splendid New York Voices. Together, band and voices take a fresh look at eight memorable standards from the Great American Songbook written by such master craftsmen as Cole Porter, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Owen Broder: Heritage

Read "Heritage" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The cross-pollination of jazz and folk music is nothing new, but saxophonist Owen Broder does push things forward in this exploration of the idea, asking five different composers from varying generations and backgrounds to each write their own take on American folk music for an eight-piece ensemble.

Besides Broder himself, the compositions and arrangements ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us

Read "Cities Between Us" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Continua a muoversi nel solco della tradizione -tra Peggy Lee e Chris Connor-la giovane cantante e autrice newyorchese, diplomata al New England Conservatory. Dopo il debutto del 2014 (Lonely City, SteepleChase) in questo secondo disco Allegra cambia organico e clima espressivo.
Tra i nuovi partner spiccano Kirk Knuffke alla cornetta, Jay Anderson al contrabbasso ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Umbria Jazz 2017

Read "Umbria Jazz 2017" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli

Photos of the Umbria Jazz Festival, featuring among many others Wayne Shorter, 5 by Monk by 5: Kenny Barron, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green and Dado Moroni; the trio of Egberto Gismonti, Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holland and the Umbria Jazz Orchestra directed by Ryan Truesdell featuring Steve Wilson, Paolo Fresu, Jay Anderson and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz 2017

Read "Umbria Jazz 2017" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz
Perugia
Varie sedi
7-16.7.2017

Mantenendosi fedele alla sua consolidata formula, Umbria Jazz si è protratta per dieci giorni su vari palcoscenici, con concerti gratuiti e a pagamento, cercando di adeguare stili e proposte differenti ai diversi contesti interessati e rivolgendosi quindi a diverse fasce di pubblico. In particolare, la ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz Winter a Orvieto

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter a Orvieto" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 24
Orvieto
Varie sedi
28.12.2016-01.01.2017

In questa ventiquattresima edizione di Umbria Jazz Winter, come in altre precedenti, non è mancata la qualità, con alcuni concerti che non sarebbe facile ascoltare altrove, fra cui molte proposte replicate in più sedi e in orari diversi. Quasi tutti i gruppi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Frank Kimbrough's latest offering, Solstice on the Pirouet label, is a joy from beginning to end.

Pirouet is the home of some other fine piano trios, including those of Marc Copland (see Some Love Songs, Modinha, Voices and Night Whispers).

Copland, arguably working from the Bill Evans aesthetic is, of course, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough presents a trio album with only one of his originals, a reversal of his usual approach. He was a student of the late Paul Bley, and although there is no formal dedication the program has an air of homage about it. Kimbrough first heard three of the selections played by Bley's mid-60's trio. ...