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ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge

Read "Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I'm always trying to put myself into scenarios with people who play in a way that challenges me and gives me a chance to grow," says pianist Aaron Parks, who has carved an impressive career in jazz since going to jny: New York City early in the new century and eventually garnering a major gig with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Walter Smith III: Jazz Explorer

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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. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

The Wee Trio: Full of Surprises

Read "The Wee Trio: Full of Surprises" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Don't be fooled by the name. The members of the Wee Trio are normal-looking and normal-sized guys, their ambition if anything is deluxe, and their compositional scope virtually limitless. While such a moniker can only keep them humble--not that they'd seem to need the help--they've always kept an outsized willingness to follow fascinating ideas and embrace ...

Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution

Read "Emily’s D+Evolution" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding has moved effortlessly between genres whether performing with saxophone great Wayne Shorter or releasing projects which have incorporated explorations in chamber and pop music. She's impressed fans with her beautiful vocals and expressive instrumental skills even though questions remain about her musical identity. Is she jazz, pop, or a fringe artist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Stevens: Lucid

Read "Lucid" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Among other positives, British guitar-slinger Matt Stevens (Fierce, The Dead) reminds us why King Crimson founder, guitarist Robert Fripp has been such an influential force. And Stevens keeps it in the family by utilizing latter day Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto's fierce chops on one track. The guitarist's zinging sustain lines, gargantuan crunch chords and use of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Walter Smith III: Still Casual

Read "Still Casual" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

There are countless musicians who perform but few that can make their instruments breathe as melodically as saxophonist Walter Smith III. In the opening track “Foretold You" from his release Still Casual, it's as if his horn is an extension of his thoughts and will--notes burning, graceful and flowing like a stream of ideas. Yet with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New CD By Acclaimed Guitarist Matt Stevens Featuring Pat Mastelotto Of King Crimson Available On Esoteric Recordings

New CD By Acclaimed Guitarist Matt Stevens Featuring Pat Mastelotto Of King Crimson Available On Esoteric Recordings

London, UK - Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of the new album by acclaimed guitarist MATT STEVENS. Noted for his work as both a solo artist and as a member of Fierce and The Dead, “Lucid” sees Matt joined by a host of guest musicians including drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Bass guitarists Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth), Charlie ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Christian Scott at Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Read "Christian Scott at Charlie Parker Jazz Festival" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
New York, NY
August 25, 2013
During a warm afternoon at Tompkins Square Park, trumpeter Christian Scott brought his sextet for a short set that featured many of the band leader's influences and sonic textures, starting with a very contemporary up-tempo groove that showcased his dexterity--he often distanced himself from the microphone ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 29-30, 2013

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 29-30, 2013" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 29-30, 2013

Fiery music that burned with intensity, eclectic compositions that shifted in time signature and tempo, sweet melodies and down-home dirty blues--all were heard at this year's Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival in upstate New York, an event that is among the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

North Sea Jazz Festival: Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 6-8, 2012

Read "North Sea Jazz Festival: Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 6-8, 2012" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

North Sea Jazz Festival
Ahoy
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
July 6-8, 2012

The city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands seems ideal for a jazz festival. It's a large enough metropolis to hold things of interest for any tourist--arts, culture, architecture, fine eateries, interesting activities--while at the same time being friendly, laidback and manageable. Toss the mammoth ...


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