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Shamek Farrah: First Impressions

Read "First Impressions" reviewed by Chris May

Launched by trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell in New York in 1971, the Strata-East label became synonymous with the black-consciousness informed spiritual-jazz movement which was perhaps the crowning glory of African American music during the 1970s. By the close of the decade, the label had released just shy of 60 albums, an impressive catalogue ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ryan Slatko: First Impressions

Read "First Impressions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Ryan Slatko opens his debut disc, First Impressions, with a drum rumble that kicks into some two-sax harmony moving ahead on a slick momentum. It catches the ear with its concise polish. The tune: The Slako-penned “Green Ceiling." When Slatko slips into his solo--full of vitality and crisp new ideas--the flag goes up: an exciting ...

ARTICLE: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Jimmy Herring: Subject to Change Without Notice

Read "Jimmy Herring: Subject to Change Without Notice" reviewed by AAJ Staff

With his first record since his stunning 2008 debut as a leader, Lifeboat (Abstract Logix), guitarist Jimmy Herring capitalizes on that album's strengths and ups the ante even further on Subject to Change Without Notice (Abstract Logix, 2012), featuring a core group of players with all the chemistry he needs, and some high-powered guest artists to ...

ARTICLE: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Peter O'Mara: My Time

Read "Peter O'Mara: My Time" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Australian guitarist Peter O'Mara is a thirty year veteran of the German jazz scene, and given his association with Klaus Doldinger's Passport that spans two decades, I was curious what direction his solo album My Time (Marangani Records, 2012) would take.

By Alan Bryson

Tasteful restraint, a mellow after hours sound that ...