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Kurt Elling: The Questions

Read "The Questions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How does one grapple with existence and its juxtaposition against the present state of affairs? That's the question that hangs heaviest over The Questions. While vocalist Kurt Elling didn't come into this production with a theme in mind, he discovered a through line in the act of wrestling with difficulties and dreams in this age of ...

Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...

Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Oneness

Read "Oneness" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Taking a page from Matthew Shipp's playbook, Ivo Perelman declared the duo's latest release Oneness to be their last. After 2017's The Art Of Perelman--Shipp series and their stellar duo recording Live In Brussels (Leo Records, 2017) release, the pair have crafted nearly three dozen sessions together, including 8 duo recordings. You might have your doubts ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Raymond & Real Feels: Joy Ride

Read "Joy Ride" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's something to be said for the centered and warm sound qualities born of a flugelhorn fronting a bass-less trio. Even when John Raymond ratchets up the intensity on his original compositions--the choppy title track in five, the circuitous “Follower"--there's a sense of sonic evenhandedness reflecting both the instrument's depth of character and the artist's depth ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Jerry Granelli Reunites with Guitar Greats Bill Frisell & Robben Ford After 25 Years for Blues-Soaked Repertoire on "Dance Hall"

Drummer Jerry Granelli Reunites with Guitar Greats Bill Frisell & Robben Ford After 25 Years for Blues-Soaked Repertoire on "Dance Hall"

Back in 1992, veteran drummer-composer Jerry Granelli went to studios in Seattle and San Francisco with an all-star cast, including trombonist Julian Priester, alto sax great Kenny Garrett, bassist Anthony Cox and guitarists Bill Frisell and Robben Ford, to record a set of blues-based tunes that resonated with his youth. The resulting album, A Song I ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Beasley’s Monk’estra At SFJAZZ

Read "John Beasley’s Monk’estra At SFJAZZ" reviewed by Walter Atkins

John Beasley's Monk'estra
SFJAZZ
Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration
San Francisco, CA
October 15, 2017

The double Grammy nominated Monk'estra big band lead by conductor/arranger and pianist John Beasley performed Sunday night in SFJAZZ's spacious Miner Auditorium. Released in September of this year, Beasley's Monk'estra Vol. 2 (Mack Avenue Records, 2017) ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain

Read "Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If music was sports, then Ivo Perelman would be baseball and most other musicians football. Where football's regular season is 16 games, baseball plays 162. Likewise, most musicians release one album every year or two, but Perelman has averaged seven titles per year for the last seven years. His 2017 Leo Records output is thirteen (fourteen, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 1-4, 2017

Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Christian McBride Big Band: Bringin' It

Read "Bringin' It" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Where and how does Christian McBride find the time to do what he does? His plate is full about nine times over, what with his work as bassist, composer, bandleader, educator, jazz advocate, public speaker, radio personality, DJ, and Artistic Director for the Newport Jazz Festival. It's no wonder that it took him six years to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Yelena Eckemoff: In The Shadow Of A Cloud

Read "In The Shadow Of A Cloud" reviewed by John Kelman

She may rarely perform live in this context, but Yelena Eckemoff has managed to build, over just seven years and a mammoth eleven releases--including her second release of 2017, In the Shadow of a Cloud--a loyal and growing following in the jazz world. It's all the more remarkable for a multi-talented expat Russian pianist who began ...