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Liudas Mockūnas / Arnas Mikalkenas / Håkon Berre: Plunged

Read "Plunged" reviewed by John Sharpe

Recorded at the 2014 Vilnius Jazz Festival by a band comprising two Lithuanians and a Norwegian, which was one of the standouts of the 2017 Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival, Plunged proves an unexpected delight. Of the three participants, reedman Liudas Mockūnas is likely best known, having recorded with bassist Barry Guy, drummer William Hooker and saxophonist ...


Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest

Read "Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Ornette Coleman once said that sound has no parents. But that doesn't mean we can't be its children. On that point, jazz has always been something of a parental force, connecting progenies of representation across geographic and cultural borders. Its relationship to struggle has, however, at times been overshadowed by debate. On the one hand, jazz ...


2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...


Ostrava Days 2017

Read "Ostrava Days 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ostrava Days
Various Venues
Czech Republic
August 24-30, 2017

A newer breed of industrially-attuned tourism is evident in the city of Ostrava, in the north-east of the Czech Republic, and very close to Poland's border. One of its biggest attractions is the relatively recently retired ...


Muhal Richard Abrams, RIP

Muhal Richard Abrams, RIP

The Chicago avant-garde jazz patriarch Muhal Richard Abrams died today at 87. Named a National Endowment of The Arts Jazz Master in 2010, the pianist, composer and bandleader was at the center of Chicago’s free jazz movement, which was formalized in 1965 when he co-founded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The Art Ensemble of Chicago ...


Bob Gluck & Tani Tabbal: At This Time: Duets

Read "At This Time: Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bob Gluck is a gifted composer of electronic and acoustic music, as well as an educator and writer. As a pianist/keyboardist he has offered innovative and intensely creative modern jazz, finding inspiration in the familiar and the obscure. He has collaborated with Michael Bisio, Jane Ira Bloom, Ken Filiano, and many other top-tier artists. With Billy ...


Jazz Musician of the Day: Muhal Richard Abrams

Jazz Musician of the Day: Muhal Richard Abrams

All About Jazz is celebrating Muhal Richard Abrams' birthday today!

Muhal Richard Abrams..... World renowned pianist and composer has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for well over forty years. Muhal is a co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), founder of The AACM School of Music and ...


Martin Archer: Story Tellers

Read "Story Tellers" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We used to call records like this 'concept albums.' The whole idea soon became a term of derision thanks to Rick Wakeman and others. Nevertheless, let's stick with it for a moment. Martin Archer's Story Tellers is constructed as a series of interlocking vignettes, linked both by certain recurring themes, narrative threads and the attribution of ...


Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense

Read "Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[This is the first of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues," in which we will explore the current state of jazz around the world. Jazz has ...

Amina Claudine Myers

Read "Amina Claudine Myers" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica.
Il piano e la voce gospel delle origini, che suonavo da ragazza. Questo era durante il periodo del Gospel classico, in cui gruppi al femminile come Clara Ward, The Davis Sisters e le Gospel Harmonettes' andavano in radio e facevano concerti.

La qualità che desidero nei musicisti ...