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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Matt Hooke

2017 marked the first year that I wrote for All About Jazz, and I got to experience some phenomenal music. It was a diverse year in jazz, international artists like Tony Allen and Seckou Keita brought unique perspectives to jazz. Other artists like Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, and Dayme Arocena, released some of their best work ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference

Read "Harmony of Difference" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Being lauded as the “saviour of jazz" would weigh heavy on the shoulders of any young artist, even one so confident as to release a 170 minute treble CD as their 2015 debut. Yet Kamasi Washington pulled it off on the appropriately titled The Epic, with its ambitious, eclectic subject matter and surface similarities to spiritual ...

Miles Mosley: Uprising

Read "Uprising" reviewed by Andrea Murgia

La prima metà del 2017 si è rivelata veramente pienissima per i musicisti che gravitano attorno a Kamasi Washington. Dopo il ritorno di Thundercat, l'esordio di suo fratello Ronald Bruner Jr., l'opera prima di Cameron Graves e il ritorno roboante di Kendrick Lamar è il turno ora di Miles Mosley. Bassista, contrabbassista e cantante (notevole) nonché ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Miles Mosley, contrabbassista per ogni stagione

Read "Miles Mosley, contrabbassista per ogni stagione" reviewed by Andrea Murgia

Bassista, cantante, compositore di colonne sonore: Miles Mosley è tutto questo e molto ancora. Dopo aver studiato con titani del contrabbasso come John Clayton e Ray Brown, Mosley ha cominciato a supportare in tour musicisti del calibro di Lauryn Hill, Jeff Beck, Gnarls Barkley e Mos Def e registrare sui dischi di Jonathan Davis dei Korn ...

Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

Read "Planetary Prince" reviewed by Christopher Hoard

Cameron Graves' debut recording, Planetary Prince (Mack Avenue) is an original and refreshing “piano jazz" outing. It's horn sextet dynamics provide familiar entry points and references into the musical sphere Graves inhabits as composer, arranger, and performer, but the extreme energy levels and sophisticated ensemble dynamics confidently echo the great bands of the jazz-rock era; perhaps ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Thundercat at the Bluebird Theater

Read "Thundercat at the Bluebird Theater" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Thundercat
Bluebird Theater
Denver, CO
February 22, 2017

Thundercat brought the thunder. Bassist Stephen Bruner, also known as Thundercat, went low at the Bluebird Theater Wednesday night. We're talking bass that was deep and powerful enough to revive a heart attack victim. But Bruner and his band weren't simply about boisterous ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kneebody: Anti-Hero

Read "Anti-Hero" reviewed by Vic Albani

Bene. Facciamo il punto. Sono anni che sostengo a piena voce come i Kneebody siano una delle vere, grandi realtà della musica moderna.

Dunque persino ovvio che, nel mondo di oggi capace di fagocitare tutto con estrema leggerezza e ambiguità, il quintetto americano passi nel fiume galleggiando come tutto il resto. Ci sono ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

BOOM, tra jazz e elettronica. Intervista a Raffaele Costantino

Read "BOOM, tra jazz e elettronica. Intervista a Raffaele Costantino" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

S'intitola When in Rome, è un EP registrato dal vivo dal duo BOOM che unisce il produttore, DJ e seguitissimo conduttore radiofonico per Radio2 Raffaele Costantino e il pianista jazz Giovanni Guidi.
Pubblicato dalla factory creativa LBL, è un lavoro in cui i due musicisti cercano di andare oltre i luoghi comuni del binomio ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa
March 27 & 28, 2015

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place over two jam-packed nights, on five simultaneous stages. Now in its sixteenth year, it also includes a number of ancillary events during festival week: ...