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Christian Sands: Reach Further

Read "Reach Further" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With full gale Monk-ian intensity and flair, pianist Christian Sands' five song EP, Reach Further bursts open with “J-Street" like the grandest, most swinging first flower in the new jazz garden. Then you hit repeat. Repeat again. Then you remember there are four more songs and the garden bursts with color.

Comprised of two ...

Stafford Hunter: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Stafford Hunter is known as a trombonist who grew out of the modern paradigm set by Steve Turre. He also shares a unique quality with Turre, in that he is an expert player of conch shells in the jazz idiom, joining him in the ensemble, Steve Turre and Sanctified Shells.

While this tie with ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There are some years when certain artists and their instrument stand tallest among the tall. This year it was piano players. Established names, exciting discoveries. Creation music for repeated listening, relentless invention, insight, humor, new equations. Each with a particular turn, a defining touch, that takes you past the chaos of our harshest days.

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival featured excellent performances by some of the lesser known artists, fine concerts by headliners and a great after-hour jam sessions. It was another splendid day with much great music. My day at the fest started out mid-afternoon with a fine performance by accomplished trumpeter ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

E. J. Strickland Quintet At Scullers Jazz Club

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EJ Strickland Quintet
Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA
September 21, 2017

“A lot of people ask, you know, what the state of jazz is. I love what's going on." E.J. Strickland's mellow baritone is measured and thoughtful as he spoke from behind the drum set. This is the last tune of the ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Hard Boppin' at Smalls

Read "Hard Boppin' at Smalls" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a remarkably vibrant music venue that enjoys considerable international renown. It is not the most mannered of clubs with loud and boisterous audiences. Nor is it the most decorous, but does offer a rather distinctive look. The club has a great vibe and is committed to treating its audience ...

Jazzmeia Horn: A Social Call

Read "A Social Call" reviewed by James Nadal

Coming from a gospel oriented family in Dallas, Texas, given a unique name and early tutelage by her piano playing grandmother, Jazzmeia Horn was destined to be a jazz singer. After relocating to New York City to pursue music studies, she went on to conquer the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, topping that by winning ...

Victor Gould: Clockwork

Read "Clockwork" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are lots of moving parts that make clocks tick. Each has its own function, harmoniously aligned with the others, and every single one helps to sustain the very concepts of time and flow. The analogy can clearly be drawn from these mechanisms behind timepieces to jazz in general, but it's rarely as obvious to the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa
March 27 & 28, 2015

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place over two jam-packed nights, on five simultaneous stages. Now in its sixteenth year, it also includes a number of ancillary events during festival week: ...