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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Polly Gibbons: All I Can Do

Read "All I Can Do" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È sufficiente ascoltare qualche brano dell'inglese Polly Gibbons per lasciarsi prendere dal suo esuberante feeling. Niente a che vedere con le molte vocalist che hanno invaso la scena con una mediocre e plastificata sintesi di pop, jazz e soul. La giovane scoperta dal produttore Ian Shaw è qualcosa di speciale. Il suo timbro è profondo, la ...

Ten Artists: May 2019

Read "Ten Artists: May 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Paul Jost
Simple Life
Paul Jost Music
2019

I believe there are precious few exceptional male jazz vocalists. There. I said it. Female vocalists? They are legion. But once one has pruned away the vanity projects, the Sinatra wannabes, and the most recent unforgivable cover of “My Funny Valentine," there remain few. Paul Jost ...

Ten Artists: April 2019

Read "Ten Artists: April 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Claudia Vorbach
Is There a Time?
Phoneector
2018

Claudia Vorbach follows up Come Down Easy (Phoneector, 2016) with these 14 smart original compositions infused with the swagger of a confident composer/singer. At first blush, Vorbach sounds like a relaxed Nora Jones, playfully whimsical and vocally daring. Vorbach sings with an assured ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Sparks II: Schizophrenia: The Yang Project

Read "Schizophrenia: The Yang Project" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Listening to this incredible double CD it's hard to believe that this is Bobby Sparks II's first album under his own name. Granted he has contributed to many records in his quarter-century career, notably with the likes of Kirk Franklin, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Miller, Fred Hammond and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent). However, this prodigious double-album ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Berlin: Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Henrik Walsdorff & Ida Nielsen

Read "Live From Berlin: Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Henrik Walsdorff & Ida Nielsen" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Schlippenbach-Walsdorff Quartet
A-Trane
October 31, 2018

The A-Trane is one of Berlin's best-known jazz clubs, but is surprisingly small, once discovered on its quiet street-corner. This might be a disadvantage when they're booking some of the big-name acts that appear there, resulting in lost sales from potential bookings, but ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ahn-definable: the Eclectic Artistry of the Ahn Trio

Read "Ahn-definable: the Eclectic Artistry of the Ahn Trio" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

An eclectic trio whose restless musical curiosity is second only to their virtuosity, the Ahn Trio revel in breaking the rigid boundaries of the classical world. The Juilliard-trained sisters (Lucia, piano; Angella, violin; Maria, cello) have a rock-star attitude matched by a compelling sound that is immediately recognizable no matter whether they are interpreting the music ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story

Read "Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jeff Beck
Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story
Eagle Vision
2018

Unlike its decidedly idiosyncratic subject, Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story is a wholly conventional piece of video work focusing almost exclusively on the musical progression of the British guitar hero. It may be intended ...

Live From New York: Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Read "Live From New York: Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds" reviewed by Martin Longley

Meredith Monk
Brooklyn Academy Of Music
March 18, 2018

The multivalent Meredith Monk gave the world premiere of her Cellular Songs work at BAM over five days. Your scribe, burdened by a heavy rotation of electronic seances, live soundtrack silent movies and late night jazz jointing, opted for the Sunday ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Najee: Poetry in Motion

Read "Poetry in Motion" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

On Najee's 15th studio release, and fourth project for the Shanachie label, the Jamaica Queens, N.Y. native delivers an inviting, feel-good album on which he is joined by such diverse talents as pianist/keyboardist Bobby Lyle, multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer/arranger Barry Eastmond, multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Jean-Paul “Bluey" Maunick, vocalists Will Downing, Maysa and Eric Roberson, and guitarist Blake Aaron.

The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Finzer: No Arrival

Read "No Arrival" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

To say a musician has arrived is to create the ultimate paradox. For in that notion is the suggestion of reaching the upper echelon in the art form, but also an indication of the end of a journey and the start of stagnation. With the true seeker and master musician, there is no arrival; there's merely ...