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Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018

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Another trip around the sun. In the AllAboutJazz universe, the stars were especially bright this year. Which is a good thing, unless you are like me, trying to pare down a huge list of favorites to just ten. At that task, I've failed once again. So here are my 15 favorite recordings of 2018 in no ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018

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2018 was a terrific year for imaginative, well-executed recordings that cover the spectrum of instrumental configurations in creative jazz and freely improvised music. From Susana Santos Silva's mesmerizing solo trumpet to Ingrid Laubrock's formidable orchestra (and everything in between), the following choices are a cross-section of some of the best the year had to offer. Something ...

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Tutto Monk: l'omaggio di Miles Okazaki

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Monk con la chitarra? Perché no. Si era posto la stessa sferica domanda Elliott Sharp pochi anni fa, registrando in solo con l'acustica l'album Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk! per l'etichetta Clean Feed. Si trattava di una scelta di cinque brani, elaborati con il criterio della lunga divagazione e riflessione geniale. Inoltre, il discorso era stato affrontato ...

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Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Jonathan Finlayson's music has clarity of sound and atmosphere and, at the same time, keeps you on the edge of your seat. The American trumpeter knows how to make challenging music accessible, which he has already shown in the bands of Steve Coleman, Henry Threadgill and Steve Lehman. Like their music, his own compositions ...

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Sco in Baton Rouge, Okazaki vs. Monk, Sax-less Trane covers & more

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This week we fired up the locals for the super John Scofield Baton Rouge concert on October 4th; did a Miles Okazaki/Thelonious Monk compare & contrasts with two of Monk's most challenging compositions; played sax-less Trane covers from guitarist Simone Manunza & Jessica Williams solo at the 88s; and spun some 21st century jazz that caught ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miles Okazaki: Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk

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The best way to embark upon Miles Okazaki's six-volume Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk is the same manner you might approach Herman Melville's American masterpiece Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Like Moby-Dick with its 135 chapters (and epilogue), Work is a Brobdingnagian accomplishment. Okazaki performs the complete Thelonious Monk songbook. 70 tunes in total.

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

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Do you long for the days when jazz was punk? Not meaning music that is loud and out-of-control. but punk as in innovative, nonconformist, and seditious. One hundred years ago, the music of Louis Armstrong was punk, and a few decades later so was Charlie Parker's revolutionary bebop. You probably did not witness those rebellions, nor ...

Steve Coleman: Live at Village Vanguard Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

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Decades after he had migrated from Chicago to New York to briefly play in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman took to the Village Vanguard stage that Jones and Lewis had occupied for more than twenty years. Since 2015, Coleman and his Five Elements group have made the club an annual event in their ...

Steve Coleman & Five Elements: Live at Village Vanguard Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

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È solamente da tre anni che gli organici di Steve Coleman si esibiscono con regolarità al Village Vanguard di New York. Ma il club, si sa, profuma di leggenda, e anche il sassofonista chicagoano non ha resistito alla sirena che reclamava il classico “live" nel tempio della Settima Avenue.

Ne è valsa la pena. ...

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

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Artists don't release Live at the Village Vanguard recordings unless they've truly got something to say. The list of recordings from that fabled venue, run for decades by the incomparable Max and Lorraine Gordon, is indeed long and legendary, with well over 100 titles to date, including some of the most iconic recordings in jazz history. ...