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Bekken and Gjems: Spell

Read "Spell" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Dr. Bekken's last record, Live At Bar Moskus (Blue Mood, 2017), was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy (the Spellemannprisen). That was a hard-driving solo, boogie-woogie upright piano performance.

For Spell, the good doctor writes a new prescription for traditional Norwegian folk infused with New Orleans style jazz. Harmonicist Richard Gjems is co-featured. Bekken and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education

Read "Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Few drummers know how to use rhythms like Chad Taylor. He makes the drum set sing melodies and paints different hues and shades on the cymbals and skins. He can play inside and outside and has performed with musicians like saxophonists Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders and James Brandon Lewis, pianists Cooper-Moore and Angelica Sanchez, guitarists Jeff ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

African-American Music: A retrospective at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Read "African-American Music: A retrospective at Jazz at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Nick Catalano

One of Jazz at Lincoln Center's most thoughtful concert ideas in recent memory came to life at the Appel Room on March 2, 2018. Dubbed “Rags, Strides & Habaneras" the intimate program managed to survey a host of strategic forms from origins in West Africa that shaped the art of music in the Americas.

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

Read "Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Adam Fairhall: Friendly Ghosts

Read "Friendly Ghosts" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Following undergraduate studies, virtuoso pianist Adam Fairhall took a Master's degree at Leeds College of Music, receiving a MMus in Jazz Studies (Performance) in 2005. Whilst at Leeds he studied with pianist Mark Donlon and took lessons with British jazz composer Matthew Bourne. The title of his album Friendly Ghosts, Fairhall's debut recording as a soloist, ...

Chris Washburne: Rags And Roots

Read "Rags And Roots" reviewed by James Nadal

The year 1917 stands out in music history, for that was the year of the first jazz recording, (Livery Stable Blues by Original Dixieland Jass Band) and marks the death of ragtime pianist/composer Scott Joplin. To commemorate these events, and the century that ensued, trombonist Chris Washburne takes a musical exploration back through time on Rags ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Freexielanders: Looking Back Playing Forward

Read "Looking Back Playing Forward" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Due pezzi da novanta dell'avanguardia storica come Eugenio Colombo e Giancarlo Schiaffini, uno che da un po' di anni nel ramo si distingue a sua volta come Alberto Popolla, più altri cinque colleghi di età ed estrazione varia, hanno deciso di ribattezzarsi The Freexielanders (nome eloquentissimo che non ci attardiamo a illustrare) e lanciarsi in un ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz Winter a Orvieto

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter a Orvieto" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 24
Orvieto
Varie sedi
28.12.2016-01.01.2017

In questa ventiquattresima edizione di Umbria Jazz Winter, come in altre precedenti, non è mancata la qualità, con alcuni concerti che non sarebbe facile ascoltare altrove, fra cui molte proposte replicate in più sedi e in orari diversi. Quasi tutti i gruppi ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Saltzman: Blues, Preludes and Feuds

Read "Blues, Preludes and Feuds" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Solo piano albums have the special place in the cannon of improvised music as a mode of presentation and holds an honored place in jazz; the history could even be traced to music predating the origins of the genre. In mechanical terms, it has not changed, one musical artist sitting at the piano for well over ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Euopean Jazz Conference 2016: Polish Jazz Showcases

Read "Euopean Jazz Conference 2016: Polish Jazz Showcases" reviewed by Ian Patterson

European Jazz Conference: Polish Jazz Showcases
National Forum Of Music
jny:Wroclaw, Poland
September 22-24, 2016

One of the great things about returning to Poland each time is the exposure to new jazz talent, because beyond the internationally renowned marquee names--the historic Polish greats--are a great number of outstanding artists. How ...