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The Fred Hersch Trio: 10 Years / 6 Discs

Read "10 Years / 6 Discs" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You might be surprised by pianist Fred Hersch's response to a near-death coma in 2008. Quoting from his memoir Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz (Crown Archetype Press, 2017), “a confrontation with death brings home the preciousness of life... It was the newest, brightest, shining, most surprising, most uplifting feeling I ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Musillami and Rich Syracuse: Dig

Read "Dig" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Guitarist Michael Musillami and bassist Rich Syracuse continue their engagement with the titans of the jazz world with Dig, their homage to Bill Evans. Like the discs that preceded it, Of The Night (Playscape, 2016), dedicated to Wayne Shorter and Bird Calls (Playscape, 2017), their salute to Charles Mingus, the duo approach this repertoire with both ...

Take Five with Pete Coco

Read "Take Five with Pete Coco" reviewed by Pete Coco

About Pete Coco

A mainstay on the New York jazz scene, bassist Pete Coco recently released his debut album as a leader, Lined with a Groove, featuring drummer Matt Wilson and pianist Sullivan Fortner. The LP is an homage to his mentors and influences, with fresh arrangements of tunes by bassists including Ron Carter, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival
Various venues
Bray, Ireland
May 3-5, 2019

The May Bank Holiday weekend is always a festive occasion in Bray, but this year was of particular note as the Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Founded by Dorothy and George Jacob in response to a ...

Ten Artists: June 2019

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

Polly Gibbons
All I Can Do
Resonance Records
2019

Polly Gibbons's 2017 Resonance release, Is It Me...? was positively received by All About Jazz and other outlets when it appeared. That recording featured a crack trio augmented with soloists, establishing Gibbons as a sensitive yet muscular interpreter of the American ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Federico Ughi: Transoceanico

Read "Transoceanico" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Dozens of jazz albums modeled on trumpeter Miles Davis's Miles Smiles (Columbia, 1966) or saxophonist John Coltrane's Crescent (Impulse!, 1964) get released each year, but a record reminiscent of Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity (ESP-Disc, 1964) is less common. Drummer Federico Ughi's Transoceanico nods vigorously in Ayler's direction, even as it marks Ughi's twentieth anniversary as a ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Scott LaFaro

Jazz Musician of the Day: Scott LaFaro

All About Jazz is celebrating Scott LaFaro's birthday today!

Rocco Scott LaFaro (1936-1961) was a musician of the first order, who found his \'voice\' in jazz in the mid-1950s. His played the double bass violin, better known today as the acoustic bass to differentiate this instrument from the electric (or electronic) bass. His life was ...

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Sigmar Matthíasson: Arora

Read "Arora" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Now working and studying in New York, Icelandic bassist/composer Sigmar Matthiasson crossed the cold Atlantic with the groundbreaking sounds of Jaco Pastorius, Led Zeppelin, Reggie Workman, Ron Carter, and Scott LaFaro in his head and dreams.

It's no wonder that Matthíasson's lyrical and eminently likable debut recording exhibits such a classic American feel. From ...

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Ron Brendle Quartet: A Tribute to the Bassists of Jazz

Read "A Tribute to the Bassists of Jazz" reviewed by Martin McFie

Ron Brendle pays his own tribute to the music of the greatest bass players, bringing the heartbeat bass line of jazz out onto the front line in his new album A Tribute to the Bassists of Jazz. Brendle continues his mission to reveal and revere the great jazz compositions by bass players by bringing them together, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chuck Deardorf: Hanging On To The Groove

Read "Chuck Deardorf: Hanging On To The Groove" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Bassist Chuck Deardorf has gained a reputation for virtuosity and professionalism over a career that has thus far spanned 40 years. He has been the first call bassist in Seattle for most of his career, playing with some of the most renowned musicians in the history of jazz. For many years, despite having a prolific local ...