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ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

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: INTERVIEW

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Scottish Bassist And Composer Euan Burton Releases "Too Much Love" The Deluxe Edition With Two Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks

Scottish Bassist And Composer Euan Burton Releases "Too Much Love" The Deluxe Edition With Two Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks

Whirlwind Recordings announces the release of the Too Much Love – Deluxe Edition album from Euan Burton & Occurrences. Too Much Love was released in November of 2014 to critical acclaim and the new Deluxe Edition contains an additional two bonus tracks that were previously unreleased. It’s available as a digital album only on the Whirlwind site, but customers who ...

Laurent Coq / Walter Smith III: The LaFayette Suite

Read "The LaFayette Suite" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In The LaFayette Suite, two exceptional musicians--French pianist Laurent Coq and American saxophonist Walter Smith III--continue the spirit of collaboration which interestingly enough began around 1777 between French nobleman / military officer Marquis de Lafayette and President George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. In a suite funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the ...

Corey Coverstone: A Human Experience

Read "A Human Experience" reviewed by Paul Naser

Los Angeles based drummer Corey Coverstone's debut release as a leader, A Human Experience (Self Produced 2014), is a solid exploration of some familiar and not so familiar jazz standards by a band with a lot of chemistry. Coverstone, originally from Portland, is now a familiar face in the LA jazz scene and is playing around ...


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