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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Bailey: Can You Imagine?

Read "Can You Imagine?" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The world loves a good “what if..." story, so why not explore the idea of Dizzy Gillespie as president? The famed trumpeter actually ran for the highest office in the land in 1964. And though the move was largely in jest, he didn't shy away from the issues of the day while campaigning. Sadly, many of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Finzer: Cast Of Characters

Read "Cast Of Characters" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A cryptic element lurks beneath trombonist Nick Finzer's Cast Of Characters. The theme of the album is artistic influences. But who are they... “We laugh, we cry, we celebrate, we learn, and we forge our own path on the shoulders of those who came before us. We are both the sum of our experience ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Winter's Jazz Tale

Read "A Winter's Jazz Tale" reviewed by Nick Davies

With this episode we have decided to start picking a theme to focus on. Here we picked “Winter" as the theme for the show and we start with the Emmi U Quintet and finish with Eddy Duchin. Diverse styles but great music showcasing Winter. Playlist Emmi U Quintet “Winter Solstice" from My Bird(Intakt ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Vanore: Primary Colors

Read "Primary Colors" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This beautiful duet set recorded by trumpeter John Vanore and pianist Ron Thomas serves as a showcase for auspicious beginnings, for both artists. The music for Primary Colors was recorded in 1984-85. Both of the players evolved into higher profiles, finding their individual places in jazz in the twenty-first century--Vanore with, mostly, his large ensemble writing, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As she did in 2019, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii—an artist at home in many formations—opens the new decade with an orchestra recording. Entity, from Fujii's Orchestra New York, is the eleventh release from the ensemble that has remained largely intact for almost twenty-three years. It is an all-star collective that includes saxophonists Oscar Noriega, Ellery Eskelin and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Playing Catch Up With 2019

Read "Playing Catch Up With 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There always seems to be a constant flow of worthwhile new music coming out, so much that it is to be impossible to cover it all within its calendar year. Here are seven notable releases from the last few months of 2019. Gebhard Ullmann mikroPULS Intuition 2019 The ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

3x3: Piano Trios: January 2020

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: January 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Geir Åge Johnsen/Fredrik Sahlander/Bernt Moen 1+1=3 Losen Records 2019 What exactly does this title signify? It isn't quite clear, seeing as there are three players here and each counts as a positive one in any equation. Small mystery and all, though, it's a fun session brimming with good humor and smarts. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music

Read "Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Adam Rudolph has been seeking to push the boundaries of musical creativity for decades, developing a unique concept of composition, ensemble interaction, and conducting. As many writers have commented, his music resists critical commentary due to its prototypical nature. Said another way, Rudolph's music doesn't sound like anything else, and its antecedents are so varied that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist / composer Satoko Fujii has staked out her ground as one of the most original voices in jazz—or in any artform, for that matter. She has released more than eighty albums, beginning with her 1995 debut, Something About Water (Libra Records), a piano duet set with Paul Bley. She tours relentlessly. She records in every ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The human voice was the first musical instrument and many of my favorite releases of the past year show how powerful the voice can be, whether the singer is in a choir, part of an instrumental ensemble or leading the band. Of course there were also many purely instrumental releases that were outstanding as well.


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