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Rich Halley 3: The Literature

Read "The Literature" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

After spending a few formative musical years in Chicago--where the winds blow the blues around--saxophonist Rich Halley made his way to Portland, Oregon. Halley's recording career made its leap to the top shelf when he joined forces with drummer/record label honcho Dave Storrs at Louie Records. Four excellent recordings under Halley's name saw release on Louie ...

Phil Haynes & Free Country: My Favorite Things(1960-1969)

Read "My Favorite Things(1960-1969)" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There have been several jazz projects that looked back at the popular music of the 1960's, but none have been as all-encompassing as what drummer Phil Haynes and his band Free Country do here. They touch on Baby Boomer favorites like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and James Brown, but their sweep of the Sixties is wide ...

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Coffee and Croissants with Oddgier Berg

Read "Coffee and Croissants with Oddgier Berg" reviewed by Nick Davies

In this episode, special guest pianist Oddgeir Berg talks about his trio's album Before Dawn [Ozella Music] and the strength and depth of the Finnish jazz scene. The playlist includes lots of new music from artists like Cloudmakers 5 through to Nat Birchall.

Playlist Cloudmakers 5 “The Past Is Another Country" from Chinese ...

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Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2018: Part 2

Read "Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2018: Part 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

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2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Various Venues
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2018

It is always a pleasure to return to Montréal for the festival. This is only my third year, which makes me a relative newcomer; many of the journalists I have met have ...

Dead Composers Club: The Chopin Project

Read "The Chopin Project" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Saxophonist Noah Preminger has a reputation for exploring various genres outside jazz, like protest music and old-time delta blues. He has now formed a group called Dead Composers Club, with drummer Rob Garcia, to perform the works of various composers who are no longer with us. With Preminger's track record that could mean anybody from Duke ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

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2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

Juan Andrés Ospina: Tramontana

Read "Tramontana" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

With his debut big band release, Tramontana--thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign--Colombian composer/bandleader Juan Andres Ospina has created a truly international project, featuring musicians from ten countries as disparate as Greece, Switzerland, Israel, and Columbia. Tramontana is the gale-force wind that lashes Spain's Costa Brava, clearing the skies for sweeping views of the Catalan mountains and ...

Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe

Read "Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

For the past few years, pianist Fred Hersch has been releasing CDs with a regularity that would make them feel routine if the music wasn't always so good. This new one is another live effort featuring his long standing trio with John Hebert and Eric McPherson, this time recorded in Brussels. As usual, it's excellent.

Dead Composers Club: The Chopin Project

Read "The Chopin Project" reviewed by Geno Thackara

We have a pretty clear case of truth in advertising here; this top-notch recording offers exactly what it says on the tin. With the first installment of their Dead Composers Club project, Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia pay affectionate respect to a well-known oeuvre while still keeping it a long way from predictable. Fittingly enough for ...

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James Hall More: Than Just a Trombone

Read "James Hall More: Than Just a Trombone" reviewed by Nick Davies

This show features an interview with trombonist James Hall where we discuss his new album Lattice which is out on Outside in Music as well as other hot topics. We also follow the theme of good music so expect to hear all types of jazz featuring the likes of Miles Davis and Chick Corea