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ARTICLE: RADIO

Hal Willner, Nino Rota & Beyond

Read "Hal Willner, Nino Rota & Beyond" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For Today's episode we go back in time to 1981, the year in which Amarcord Nino Rota by producer Hal Willner was released. 37 years later it remains a reference record and one of the greatest tribute albums ever produced, and recently remastered and re-released by Corbett vs. Dempsey. We take a look back at the ...

Eamon Dilworth: Viata

Read "Viata" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

From its Romanian orgin, Viata translates to “Life." It is the new, independently produced album from Eamon Dilworth and his nameless quintet. Trumpeter Dilworth is not well-known in the U.S. but has received numerous awards in his native Australia. He has studied with some top brass talent including Lew Soloff, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dave Douglas and Avishai ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

When you think of all of the music that comes your way in a single year's time, all attempts to compile an all-encompassing or comprehensive list seems to be difficult attempt. 2017 was a year full of work, travels, books, writing, achievements and plenty of music and new people. The list here presents some of the ...

Evan Parker

Read "Evan Parker" reviewed by John Eyles

In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

Tim Ries With Randy Brecker at Drom

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Tim Ries with Randy Brecker
Drom
New York, NY
June 21, 2017

Saxophonist Tim Ries has made a name for himself internationally as a jazz educator and composer, leader and sideman. A master of tenor and soprano saxophones, since 2007, he's also known for playing in the Rolling Stones's horn section on several world ...

Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band

Read "Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

A film director once said that you can't make a great film with a weak script. The same goes for bands of any kind be it jazz or rock or any kind. You can't have a great band without a great drummer. A band can get by with an average bassist or guitarist, but not with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rolling Stones: Blue And Lonesome

Read "Blue And Lonesome" reviewed by Doug Collette

Originally begun as an impromptu respite from the recording of new original material, the Rolling Stones' Blue and Lonesome quickly turned into a rediscovery of the group's blues roots. And along the way toward completing the three days of sessions, the iconic rockers rediscovered themselves as a band with as much purpose and passion.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gerard Presencer & Danish Radio Big Band: Groove Travels

Read "Groove Travels" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Something of a child prodigy Gerard Presencer became a member of Britain's acclaimed National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 1983 at a mere eleven years of age and NYJO's youngest trumpeter. Along with other young talented UK musicians such as Courtney Pine and Tommy Smith, Presencer was part of a new wave of British jazz. He's played ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton Dead At 92

NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton Dead At 92

Jazz Legend Chico Hamilton Dead at 92 “I'm happy to say that I'm able to find people wherever I go that are not black, not white- they're just human beings. I don't dig staying in one groove. At this stage of my life, I've dedicated myself to playing what I want to play, how I want to play it, ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Charlie Watts talks jazz, Stones plans

Charlie Watts talks jazz, Stones plans

Even though he's played in the same rock 'n' roll band for nearly 50 years, Charlie Watts still prefers playing jazz. The Rolling Stones drummer learned how to play it by imitating his favorite jazz players as a teenager. So during his breaks with the Stones, Watts has played jazz, not rock, and that legacy continues with his ...