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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Sounds of Saxophones

Read "The Sounds of Saxophones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The saxophone continues to be one of the cornerstone instruments of jazz. Here are three recent recordings that demonstrate different approaches to the use of saxophones in the music.

Jordan Pettay
First Fruit
Outside In Music
2019

Jordan Pettay is a young Julliard graduate who makes her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New York Standards Quartet: Heaven Steps To Seven

Read "Heaven Steps To Seven" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The three constant principals in this remarkable quartet are joined for this album by NY-resident Ugonna Okegwo on double bass. The quartet has been in existence for over a decade now and their first album was recorded in 2007 and released in 2008. The punningly titled Heaven Steps To Seven is the quartet's seventh album to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: YEAR IN REVIEW

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

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. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: INTERVIEWS

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 ...