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On The Local Scene At The 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Read "On The Local Scene At The 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

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The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM) is a magnificent celebration of jazz as well many other musical genres. The festival celebrated its 39th anniversary this past year. I have had the distinct pleasure of attending over 30 of them. FIJM has been ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Ottawa JazzWorks Jazz Camp And Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register now!

Ottawa JazzWorks Jazz Camp And Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register now!

JazzWorks is a jazz camp for adults and talented youth. There’s still time to register!
Call us now at 613-523-0316 to find out more. Join us as we celebrate 25 years in jazz education! The JazzWorks Jazz Camp is a great way for singers and instrumentalists to learn jazz theory and technique from innovative Canadian jazz ...

Meg Okura: NPO Trio - Live at the Stone

Read "NPO Trio - Live at the Stone" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Recorded during her week-long residency at The Stone, New York, in 2016, on NPO Trio--Live at the Stone violinist Meg Okura and her colleagues, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc and soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, produce a captivating hour-long set of music. Newsome and Pilc have performed with Okura's Pan-Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and the two worked together on ...

Noah Preminger-Frank Carlberg: Whispers And Cries

Read "Whispers And Cries" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A duo doing standards doesn't theoretically smack of originality in 2018, yet a number of present tense saxophone-piano pairings have demonstrated otherwise. Last fall, soprano maverick Sam Newsome and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc went down the rabbit hole with a good number of classics for Magic Circle (Self Produced, 2017)); around the same time, saxophone icon Dave ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle

Read "Magic Circle" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intimate, innovative and captivating Magic Circle is an album of duets between soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. Although they perform primarily standards their interpretations are anything but conventional. Both musicians are known for their individual styles and singular approaches to improvisation and they showcase these superbly on the current disc.

Pianist and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Petros Klampanis: Chroma

Read "Chroma" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il terzo album da leader del bassista greco prosegue e sviluppa quanto espresso nel precedente Minor Dispute (Cristal Records, 2015): una musica melodicamente suggestiva, che fonde danzanti climi folk su eleganti e flessuosi arrangiamenti per archi. Dal disco d'esordio del 2011 inciso per l'etichetta di Greg Osby (Contextual Inner Circle Music) la formula strumentale viene confermata ...

Isamu McGregor: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It has been five years since the release of pianist Isamu McGregor's debut Live at the Baked Potato! (Amorphous Paraphernalia Records, 2012) and his Resonance turns out to be well worth the wait. While the first album was solidly entrenched in the fusion arena, the current outing is a genre defying and eclectic collection with an ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Petros Klampanis Blends the Colors of Emotion and Experience into a Rich Portrait of Humanity on his first Large Ensemble Album, "Chroma"

Petros Klampanis Blends the Colors of Emotion and Experience into a Rich Portrait of Humanity on his first Large Ensemble Album, "Chroma"

Motéma Music Debut, out now, features the Bassist/Composer’s Gifted Jazz Quintet (Gilad Hekselman, Shai Maestro, John Hadfield, Keita Ogawa) with a Vivid String Section Recorded in association with The Onassis Foundation USA Bassist/composer Petros Klampanis has absorbed a vibrant palette of colors over the course of a varied musical life journey, including Mediterranean and Balkan folk music of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Moutin Factory Quintet: Deep

Read "Deep" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Deep. So very, very, deep. Rarely does a single four-letter word so eloquently and accurately capture the spirit of an album. Everything from the grooves to the compositions to the thought content embedded in each musician's statements can be summed up by that simple-yet-complex title.

The Moutin brothers--bassist Francois and drummer Louis--formed the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tony Moreno: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Manhattan-native drummer Tony Moreno was born into and for music, his mother, Nina Dunkel Moreno, a noted harpist, pianist and educator. Oh, and he received his first drum kit at ten-years old from... Elvin Jones who became his early mentor and teacher. Moreno has had a long and storied career, filled with memories and mementos, many ...