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NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Olivia Foschi To Release Sophomore Album Fleeting Windows Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring Acclaimed Producer/Accordionist Gil Goldstein And All Star Line-Up

Vocalist Olivia Foschi To Release Sophomore Album Fleeting Windows Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring Acclaimed Producer/Accordionist Gil Goldstein And All Star Line-Up

Italian-American vocalist Olivia Foschi will release her sophomore album entitled Fleeting Windows on August 24, 2018; the official record release concert is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. that evening at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY. The record was produced by Ulysses Owens, Jr. who plays drums/percussion on all tracks and features Gil Goldstein, accordion/piano/Rhodes; Billy Test, piano/Rhodes; Alex Sipiagin, trumpet/flugelhorn; ...

Leni Stern: 3

Read "3" reviewed by Jim Worsley

For her critically acclaimed Dakar Suite (Leni Stern Recordings, 2016), Leni Stern presented her African enhanced sounds with lavish 10-piece orchestrations and arrangements complete with horns and violins. For this 2018 release, Stern's compositions were written specifically for a 3 piece, as opposed to adapting a 10 piece composition. Hence the title.

The “Khavare" ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Leni Stern: Finally The Fame Has Come

Read "Leni Stern: Finally The Fame Has Come" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Leni Stern has long been a triumphant voice of inspiration. The truth and steadfast beauty of her lyrics and music has touched many hearts around the world.

Recognition is a slippery slope, especially when one is not seeking or prioritizing it. Stern has stayed true to her roots and focused her impressive compositions, vocals, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

João Barradas: Directions

Read "Directions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Since childhood, Portuguese accordionist João Barradas has been winning awards on his instrument at national and international level. His undoubted talent on his chosen instrument--and its midi version--is on display throughout Directions, his first album as leader. So, too, is his talent as a composer--all but one of the tracks are his original compositions.

Ricordiamo Michael Brecker

Read "Ricordiamo Michael Brecker" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sono trascorsi più di dieci anni dalla morte di Michael Brecker, avvenuta il 13 gennaio 2007, il giorno dopo quella di Alice Coltrane. Brecker è stato il massimo e più influente sax tenore post-coltraniano ed è quanto mai doveroso ricordarne la vita e il percorso artistico.

Il 25 gennaio di quest'anno la comunità jazzistica ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bria Skonberg: In Flight

Read "Bria Skonberg: In Flight" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Bria Skonberg's roots are in a city more than 2,000 miles--and a different country--away from jny: New Orleans and the traditional jazz music identified with region at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But when she puts her trumpet to her lips and plays, whether with her own quintet or another formation, running through a standard ...

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday

Read "Blue Monday" reviewed by James Nadal

As the world continues to shrink--musically speaking of course--the melding of American jazz with Mediterranean melody is another spin cycle that makes appreciation of this evolving art form so interesting. With high expectations, Neapolitan vocalist Letizia Gambi, which hails from a theatrical family, and has extensive jazz education, releases Blue Monday, an exuberant and ambitious production ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Letizia Gambi's "Blue Monday" - Produced By Lenny White

Letizia Gambi's "Blue Monday" - Produced By Lenny White

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday (ArtistShare)
Produced by Lenny White with Special Guest Ron Carter Release Date: February 12, 2016 Musicians: Lenny White: Drums; Helen Sung, Donald Vega: Piano; Gil Goldstein: Accordion; Ron Carter, John Benitez, Daryl Johns: Bass; Jisoo Ok: Cello; Hector Del Curto: Bandoneon; Pete Levin: Keyboards; Dave Stryker, Nick Moroch, Tom Guarna: Guitar; ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2015: The Year in Jazz

Read "2015: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miho Hazama: Time River

Read "Time River" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sono anni importanti per il jazz orchestrale. L'emergere di giovani arrangiatori e bandleader iniziato di recente con Jason Lindner, Darcy James Argue, Ryan Truesdell, Kyle Saulnier e altri non s'è fermato, anche grazie al ruolo formativo del New England Conservatory e della Manhattan School of Music.
È da lì che vengono alcuni dei nomi ...