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Escaper: Edge Detection

Read "Edge Detection" reviewed by Doug Collette

Its name cryptic but provocative, Escaper embarks on something of a fantastic journey with its sophomore album, Edge Detection. As the quintet moves from the earthy realms of the material world into far-flung reaches of space(s), it legitimately seeks to inspire and to a great degree achieves that ambition.

Nine nimble renderings of Escaper's ...

Adam Holzman: Truth Decay

Read "Truth Decay" reviewed by John Kelman

Truly a musician's musician, Adam Holzman's career, visibility-wise, has waxed and waned over the keyboardist's thirty-year career, but he's never been less than busy. His time spent with Miles Davis, during the last years of the music icon's life, helped raise the masterful and broad-reaching keyboardist/producer's profile. Certainly, based on his work with jazz artists including ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Jeff Beck: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

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Jeff Beck
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Eagle Rock
2017

As fashionable as concert sit-ins have come to be in recent years, such guesting can be the bane of the live performance. So often it is the case that such invitees can interrupts the flow and/or momentum rather than nurturing it. ...

ARTICLE: MUSICIAN 2 MUSICIAN

Le affinità elettive

Read "Le affinità elettive" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Lo scorso luglio Enrico Rava e Tomasz Stanko hanno varato un super-gruppo ECM per un tour europeo di oltre due settimane, in Italia e Polonia, ovviamente, ma anche in Austria, Belgio, Norvegia, Paesi Bassi e Romania. Ne abbiamo approfittato per chiedergli di mettere da parte un momento di calma durante il frenetico tour per una “intervista ...

Greg Skaff: Soulmation

Read "Soulmation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Greg Skaff is all about the grease, grit, and grooves on Soulmation. It's a logical extension of his previous work--guitar-fronted organ group dates like East Harlem Skyline (Zoho Music, 2009) and 116th & Park (Zoho Music, 2012)--but it's a tad heavier, raunchier, and funkier than anything Skaff threw us on those records. His approach here ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Five Classic ECM Titles in High Res

Read "Five Classic ECM Titles in High Res" reviewed by John Kelman

If ever there were a label that deserved to have its catalog released in a high resolution format, it's Munich's ECM Records. Since its inception in 1969, the multiple award-winning record label headed by producer Manfred Eicher has truly redefined how, initially, jazz and improvised music recordings could--and, at least for some, perhaps should--sound. Attention to ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Greg Lake & Keith Emerson: Their Best Work Together

Read "Greg Lake & Keith Emerson: Their Best Work Together" reviewed by John Kelman

While it should come as no surprise that musical heroes from across all genres are beginning to die off, some of the highest profile losses are, in particular, in the rock/pop world, where many of its biggest stars are now in their mid-to-late sixties...or older. Few would disagree that one of the years biggest losses happened ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert

Read "Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert
Aneta Norek-Skrycka
172 Pages
ISBN: 978-83-938054-2-6
The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation
2016

A number of European jazz musicians stand out for having shaped the sound of the music in the past fifty years, for their virtuosity and for having ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Will Calhoun Pays Tribute to a Profound Influence on "Celebrating Elvin Jones" – Available Now on Motéma Music

Drummer Will Calhoun Pays Tribute to a  Profound Influence on "Celebrating Elvin Jones" –  Available Now on Motéma Music

Although he's best known as the hard-driving, groove-oriented drummer for the pioneering rock group Living Colour, Will Calhoun has played in a staggering variety of styles and traditions over the course of his eclectic career. Straight-ahead jazz, fusion, traditional African percussion, funk, hip-hop, and of course hard rock—Calhoun has explored them all, and he traces the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Will Calhoun: Celebrating Elvin Jones

Read "Celebrating Elvin Jones" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Properly paying tribute to a figure like the late Elvin Jones is about more than aping a style of drumming and referencing songs; it's about acknowledging a specific life force, how it fueled the music, and how it lives on in those who Jones influenced on the bandstand, in the studio, and through his recorded work. ...