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ARTICLE: RADIO

Lakecia Benjamin in Conversation

Read "Lakecia Benjamin in Conversation" reviewed by Nick Davies

Welcome to the first installment of The Crazeology Radio Show on All About Jazz where I play a mix of new and old tunes with a focus on progressive jazz as well as songs with a beat. This week's show includes an interview with saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin where we discuss her new album Rise (Ropeadope),

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Dusan Jevtovic: Live at Home

Read "Live at Home" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Prominent Serbian guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and his fellow countrymen recorded this synergistic set at a venue in Kragujevac, Serbia. It's a limited-edition CD release, but available as a digital download and via streaming mechanisms. Nonetheless, it's an album where the musicians seemingly play the right notes, sans any extraneous dabbling, tinkering or excessive soloing jaunts. Even ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dusan Jevtovic / Vasil Hadzimanov / Asaf Sirkis: No Answer

Read "No Answer" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Serbian guitarist Dusan Jevtovic debuted on Moonjune Records with a mix of hard rock and thrash metal. His Am I Walking Wrong? (2014) featured the conventional bass and drums rhythm section and demonstrated the guitarist's broad range. With No Answer the formation is far less traditional as fellow Serbian and pianist/keyboardist Vasil Hadzimanov and Israeli drummer ...

Xavi Reija: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Spanish drummer Xavi Reija's previous trio was a fusion outfit with guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and bass guitarist Bernat Hernandez, as heard on Resolution (MoonJune Records, 2016) and Live at RZZ Barcelona (MoonJune Records, 2016). He turns to a traditional acoustic piano trio here, with pianist Nitai Hershkovits and bassist Pau Lligadas. There's a different kind of ...

Xavi Reija: Resolution

Read "Resolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Catalan drummer Xavi Reija's fifth recording and his first with MoonJune Records is a highly charged affair that draws from rock, jazz and the shifting ground between. Reija's hard-edged polyrhythms, bassist Bernat Hernandez' thundering bass lines and guitarist Dusan Jevtovic's raw, fuzz-toned electric guitar combine to stir up a storm that evokes memories of drummer Tony ...

Dusan Jevtovic: Am I Walking Wrong?

Read "Am I Walking Wrong?" reviewed by Dave Wayne

As guitar-based fusion albums go, Am I Walking Wrong? is an auspicious and mature debut recording by the Barcelona-based, Serbian- born Dusan Jevtovic. What's immediately apparent is that Jevtovic places soloing on equal footing with composing, while sound, ambiance, motivic development, and the very way in which an improvisation fits into a composition takes precedence over ...

Xavier Reija: Resolution

Read "Resolution" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Like the classic game Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots where the goal is to literally knock the other opponent's head off, Catalan drummer/composer Xavi Reija delivers plenty of head-banging good times in his power trio date Resolution. Yet this isn't your typical fusion-esque recording as it takes some unexpected detours from the progressive-rock idiom with its ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dusan Jevtovic: Am I Walking Wrong?

Read "Am I Walking Wrong?" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Serbian guitarist Dusan Jevtovic employs a broad playing field on his debut effort for Moonjune Records. He's certainly one to watch as he comingles progressive rock, progressive metal and shreds with the guileful impulsion, occasionally witnessed in New York City downtown- like fare. The guitarist's animated delivery, features mind-bending crunch chords and stinging single note lines ...