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Walter Smith III: Twio

Read "Twio" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The awareness of an audience or home listener is a key rite of passage in the creative development of an artist. Its something that usually becomes an issue as a performer moves beyond that initial creative surge of their early work, that build-up of compositions that led to initial success and attention has been exhausted and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Walter Smith III: Twio

Read "Twio" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The unashamedly retro cover art of Twio accurately signposts the content of this imaginative album's track selection of jazz classics and standards. The only exception to this programme is Walter Smith III's original composition “Contrafact," chordally based on “Like Someone In Love" but given a 5/4 makeover. This involves the twin tenors of Smith and guest ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz Winter 25

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 25" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 25
Varie Sedi
Orvieto
28.12.2017--01.01.2018

Raggiunto il traguardo dei venticinque anni, come sempre Umbria Jazz Winter con la sua programmazione in ogni ora del giorno ha invaso le strade e i vari ambienti pubblici e privati della città tufacea, registrando una notevole affluenza di pubblico, che nella ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Walter Smith III: Jazz Explorer

Read "Walter Smith III: Jazz Explorer" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Walter Smith stands straight when he raises his tenor sax to his mouth to embark on a solo, or play enthralling, serpentine, contrapuntal lines in unison with band mates like Ambrose Akinmusire. [Check out “Confessions To My Unborn Daughter" from Akinmusire's When the Heart Emerges Glistening.] It's a muscular sound that emerged from his horn. Authoritative. ...

Olli Hirvonen: New Helsinki

Read "New Helsinki" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hailing from Finland but now resident in Brooklyn, New York, Olli Hirvonen won first prize in the 2016 Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition. Significantly, the jury was presided over by John McLaughlin.

“Arps" opens with cascades of Robert Fripp-like quick-fire obligato notes, rapidly ascending and descending the fretboard and instantly hooking the listener. ...

Thomas Maintz, Aaron Parks: Duets in June

Read "Duets in June" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'ascolto di quest'album porta alla memoria la collaborazione tra Bill Evans e Jim Hall che produsse nel 1962 il magistrale Undercurrent e quattro anni dopo Intermodulation.
Da allora è trascorso mezzo secolo, Thomas Maintz e Aaron Parks hanno distinte personalità ed escludendo la formula strumentale, non ci sono somiglianze stilistiche, né di repertorio: gli ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Matt Slocum Presents "Trio Pacific, Vol. 1" Featuring Dayna Stephens, Steve Cardenas, and Matt Slocum

Matt Slocum Presents "Trio Pacific, Vol. 1" Featuring Dayna Stephens, Steve Cardenas, and Matt Slocum

Available October 7, 2016 on Chandra Records
U.S. Tour Dates: October 18 through November 9 “Slocum served the music with a focus on dynamic micro-detail, which in turn allowed his musicians to say even more. It’s a cerebral concept, one that comes to fruition on Black Elk’s Dream… Like Wayne Shorter’s classic Blue Note albums, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2015

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best of 2015" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The number of artists that continue to produce quality jazz is not slowing and that's a beautiful thing. It's becoming more difficult to differentiate between so many varied releases but here are few that stood out in 2015.

Kamasi Washington
The Epic
(Brainfeeder)

Straight-ahead, hard swinging ...

Matthew Stevens: Woodwork

Read "Woodwork" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Matthew Stevens has already made a name for himself through his work with artists like trumpeter Christian Scott, saxophonist Walter Smith III, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding. But he shouldn't be pigeonholed as a support player or viewed simply as sideman du jour in the eyes of the jazz world. That would ...