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Guitars Galore: Major Vistas, Joe Policastro Trio, Dan Arcamone, Charlie Ballantine, Sound Underground, & Kay-Ta Matsuno

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A brief overview of several notable 2016 contemporary jazz releases featuring guitarists.

Major Vistas
Minor Anthems
Self Produced
2016

A fresh approach to the jazz trio, and the debut release from Madison, Wisconsin's Major Vistas. Keyboardist Mike Weiser says he thinks of it as a modern “organ" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Foreman: Now Is The Time

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As the house organist at the legendary The Green Mill as well as a member of various ensembles Chris Foreman is one of Chicago's unsung jazz heroes. As a sideman Foreman has marked several recordings with his soulful, earthy grooves and, finally he has released an album under his own name. On his much-anticipated debut Now ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brazilians Spice Up Annual Montana Guitar Festival

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Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival
Flathead Lake Lodge
Bigfork, Montana
August 30-September 5, 2015

Forget for a moment the stellar roster of international guitar greats at Bigfork, Montana's annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, their inspired performances and enthusiastic, SRO crowds. This annual weeklong mixture of master ...

Fontanelle: Vitamin F

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The sheer improbability of Vitamin F alone is almost reason enough to savor it. But this is one heck of a great jazz recording, so Fontanelle's back story is worth pondering. Formed out of the ruins of Jessamine, one of the few Seattle bands from the mid-1990s to buck the grunge craze, Fontanelle recorded three albums ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Petra's Recession Seven: Live In Chicago

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Petra van Nuis' voice is at once alluring and robust. Her tone alternates between delicate playfulness and declarative strength, perfectly suiting the combination of hot jazz and standards on Live In Chicago, an enchanting portrait of her band, Petra's Recession Seven. And oh, what a band it is--capable of captivating backing as well as exciting soloing.