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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018

Read "Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Another trip around the sun. In the AllAboutJazz universe, the stars were especially bright this year. Which is a good thing, unless you are like me, trying to pare down a huge list of favorites to just ten. At that task, I've failed once again. So here are my 15 favorite recordings of 2018 in no ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alister Spence / Satoko Fujii: Intelsat

Read "Intelsat" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is the ninth of twelve CDs celebrating leading-edge pianist, composer Satoko Fujii's 60th birthday. On this album Fujii and Australian keyboardist Alistir Spence (Barre Phillip, Myra Melford) perform a series of over-the-top duets in front of a live audience in 2017 at the Intelstat jazz venue in Kiracho, Nishio, Japan. The artists first met when ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard

Read "Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Doug Collette

Pianist Fred Hersch's discography has been both broadening and deepening in recent years. Besides solo and group recordings, he has released collaborations such as Live in Healdsburg (Anzic, 2018), with multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen. In addition, the archiving of his past work has borne fruit in the form of a remastered Heartsongs (Sunnyside, 2018) and now Fred ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Don Byron/Aruan Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)Tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jazz albums have a history of featuring cool cover art, from drummer Chico Hamilton's Ellington Suite (World Pacific, 1959) and bassist Charles Mingus' Ah Um (Columbia, 1959) to almost all of the ECM Records catalog. Maybe grabbing the music-shopper's eye helps in the pulling of the wallet out the pocket or the purse. On the terrific ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kyle Nasser: Persistent Fancy

Read "Persistent Fancy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Kyle Nasser's Persistent Fancy is kind of like the old Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercial, where the two actors protest, “You got chocolate in my peanut butter." and “No, you got peanut butter in my chocolate." The saxophonist's second release, following Restless Soul (AISA, 2015), combines erudite compositions with shrewd improvising. Listeners can decide which of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Satoko Fujii / Yuko Yamaoka: Diary 2005-2015: Yuko Yamaoka Plays the Music of Satoko Fujii

Read "Diary 2005-2015: Yuko Yamaoka Plays the Music of Satoko Fujii" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Diary 2005-2015: Yuko Yamaoka Plays the Music of Satoko Fujii is the eleventh of twelve releases to be issued as part of Satoko Fujii's year-long, sixtieth birthday celebration. The previous ten releases this year have shown us an exceptional artist as she works in a variety of musical modes, and in formations from solo to orchestra, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Listening to Darrell Katz's music, it boggles the mind that he is not celebrated as one of the best jazz composers-arrangers around. He has been creating ambitious and accessible works full of humor, social conscience and creativity for decades in the Boston area with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and other groups, yet you rarely hear ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions

Read "Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Multiple woodwind-ist Eric Dolphy (1928-1964) is one of the most prominent “What If" guys in jazz. What if he'd lived beyond his 36 years--he died unexpectedly of undiagnosed diabetic complications. What if he'd been able to nurture his distinctive musical vision to a full flowering? What if--like his sometimes co-conspirator, saxophonist John Coltrane in his move ...

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Miguel Zenon: Yo Soy La Tradicion

Read "Yo Soy La Tradicion" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon has undertaken several projects over the years exploring the folk music traditions of Puerto Rico, but he takes that to a new level with this work featuring the string playing of Chicago's Spektral Quartet. The interplay of saxophone and strings here sometimes recalls the lush conversations of the classic Stan Getz / ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz At Princeton University Presents Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire In World Premiere On Saturday, Nov. 17

Jazz At Princeton University Presents Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire In World Premiere On Saturday, Nov. 17

Jazz at Princeton University presents guest artist and Blue Note Records trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in the world premiere of Slightly Left of Sorrow's Song, commissioned by Jazz at Princeton University to commemorate the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. DuBois' birth. Akinmusire will perform the 8-movement suite with the school's Small Group I under the leadership of saxophonist ...