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Ed Neumeister & His NeuHat Ensemble: Wake Up Call

Read "Wake Up Call" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you are one of those restless wanderers who is searching high and low for easy listening, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you are drawn to music that is more or less off the beaten path and challenges your mind and spirit, composer / arranger / trombonist Ed Neumeister's new album may well serve ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob Wijnen: NYC Unforeseen

Read "NYC Unforeseen" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The first minute of Dutch pianist Bob Wijnen's debut album is very telling, but not because of what he does. Rather, it's what Wijnen doesn't do that sets these opening moments apart: Instead of announcing his arrival by hitting on all cylinders and showcasing himself, he hands this prime piece of real estate to drummer Billy ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The New York Standards Quartet Celebrates Ten Years Of Touring & Recording With New CD "Power Of 10"

The New York Standards Quartet Celebrates Ten Years Of Touring & Recording With New CD "Power Of 10"

The New York Standards Quartet Celebrates Ten Years of Touring & Recording With New CD Power Of 10 Feat. Tim Armacost (saxophones), David Berkman (piano), Michael Janisch (double bass), Gene Jackson (drums) Available on Whirlwind Recordings March 18, 2016 (US & Japan) (December 4, 2015 in Europe) CD Release Celebration: April 28 @ Smalls, NYC NYSQ Upcoming “Power of 10" ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A theme for this year's list? How about “Jazz Unbound?" I initially planned on placing my picks into different categories, as I've often done in the past. But I thought better of it. The releases that caught my ear in 2015 cover the entire spectrum of possibility--winning straight-ahead outings, audacious affairs, dynamic debuts, intimate encounters, stellar ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Berkman: Old Friends and New Friends

Read "Old Friends and New Friends" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

I vecchi e i nuovi amici sono quelli che il pianista e compositore David Berkman riunisce in studio di registrazione per dar vita al nuovo album intitolato per l'appunto Old Friends and New Friends. Ma il riferimento è anche alla Palmetto Records etichetta con la quale Berkman debuttò nel lontano 1998, collaborò fino al 2004 prima ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Berkman: Old Friends And New Friends

Read "Old Friends And New Friends" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With Old Friends and New Friends, pianist/composer David Berkman reunites with the Palmetto label, as well as Matt Balitsaris, who both founded the label and was the recording engineer. Berkman nostalgically describes the process of making the earlier recordings as a group undertaking where disparate personalties are melded into a whole to produce a distinct sound. ...

David Berkman: Old Friends And New Friends

Read "Old Friends And New Friends" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist David Berkman has come full circle with Old Friends And New Friends. He's back on Palmetto records, the label that released his first four records as a leader between 1998 and 2004; Matt Balitsaris, who helped shape and capture the sound on those albums, is back at the helm, serving as engineer, co-producer and sounding ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument

Read "Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Music started tugging at the sleeve at the age of three for Thana Alexa, a New York based singer who began making music there as a violinist, moved to Croatia where she discovered jazz, and returned as a singer poised to sweep into a successful career.

It started with the piano--kind of. Her tinkering ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ian Sims And Divergent Paths: Conundrum

Read "Conundrum" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The title of saxophonist Ian Sims' debut recording is a bit of a misnomer, for his music isn't trying, confusing, or difficult to unravel. This is certainly modern jazz, but it's not modern jazz of the confounding and disorienting variety.

For his first album, the Baltimore-based tenor man put together a quintet of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The New York Standards Quartet: The New Straight Ahead

Read "The New Straight Ahead" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The New York Standards Quartet (NYSQ) delivers their fourth overall album and their first for the Whirlwind Recording label on The New Straight Ahead, where the band offers a repertoire of ten familiar songs presented with a new modern twist which, incidentally, has become the group's raison d'etre. Founded in 2006, NYSQ have focused their musical ...


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