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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Branford Marsalis Quartet: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul

Read "The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It was back in 2012 when the last quartet-only recording Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music) was released. So give more room on the floor to the evil toys dancing their pants off to the pure, wild, free-styling surge of “Dance of the Evil Toys," the killer, lead-off track to the Branford Marsalis Quartet's first full ...

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The Branford Marsalis Quartet: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul

Read "The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul" reviewed by Doug Collette

Anyone who's seen the Branford Marsalis Quartet in concert is well aware of what high-flying improvisations the group can embark upon. But the foursome's abandoned approach hardly precludes due emphasis on structure---how better to highlight it than leave it behind?--which is also why this band makes studio albums as trenchant as The Secret Between the Shadow ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

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Kurt Elling: The Questions Live

Read "The Questions Live" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È proprio un bel regalo natalizio questa registrazione di Kurt Elling al Ronnie Scott's di Londra di poche settimane fa. Un live album disponibile dal 7 dicembre, che sarà apprezzato dal pubblico più esigente del cantante.
I brani in repertorio sono quelli del recente cd The Questions -con l'eccezione di “Everyday You're Away"-ma la ...

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Hugh Coltman: Who's Happy?

Read "Who's Happy?" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Trasferitosi a Parigi nel 1999 dopo la separazione dal gruppo rock blues The Hoax, il cantante inglese Hugh Coltman ha realizzato una carriera solista con varie collaborazioni (tra cui quella col pianista Eric Legnini e le cantanti Krystle Warren, Vanessa Paradis e Mayra Andrade) più un temporaneo ritorno con la vecchia band.

In terra ...

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Kurt Elling: The Questions

Read "The Questions" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dall'inizio del nuovo millennio Kurt Elling ha sempre più escluso dal suo repertorio brani swinganti e dinamici a favore di ballad o pop song. Gli esuberanti interventi in scat e le fantasiose escursioni vocali dei primi dischi (mutuate dal suo iniziale modello, Mark Murphy) hanno lasciato il posto a interpretazioni da crooner confidenziale, privilegiando interpretazioni eleganti, ...

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Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Widely touted as Bill Frisell's second solo recording, and his first since the darkly introspective Ghost Town (Nonesuch, 2000), Music IS is, in fact, the guitarist's third, with the oddly overlooked Silent Comedy seemingly having slipped by most folk. That outing, on John Zorn's Tzadik label, was unique in Frisell's discography for being freely improvised, whereas ...

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Camille Bertault: Pas de Géant

Read "Pas de Géant" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo aver dimostrato col debutto di En Vie (Sunnyside 2016) d'essere una splendida jazz singer, e non solo, l'acrobatica vocalist Camille Bertault libera la sua eclettica personalità, dando sfogo alle molte passioni e influenze formative. Il titolo del suo secondo album allude ovviamente al celebre tema di John Coltrane (qui rinominato «Là où tu vas»), «Giant ...

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Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Benvenuti nel 'Piccolo Mondo Antico' di Bill Frisell. Un mondo che a ben guardare non è antico proprio per niente, anzi è più moderno che mai e sa indicare la strada a chi ha voglia di percorrerla. Un mondo che riesce a non farsi mai penetrare dalla meschinità che troppo spesso pervade la vita dei giorni ...

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Kurt Elling: The Questions

Read "The Questions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How does one grapple with existence and its juxtaposition against the present state of affairs? That's the question that hangs heaviest over The Questions. While vocalist Kurt Elling didn't come into this production with a theme in mind, he discovered a through line in the act of wrestling with difficulties and dreams in this age of ...