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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Giuseppe Doronzo: Goya

Read "Goya" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Italian baritone saxophonist Giuseppe Doronzo is the type of restless artist that continually looks for new resources from which to expand on the language of his instrument. In recent years he has utilized a variety of format platforms as launching points. With the self-titled debut of the quintet Falga (Self-Produced, 2016) and the subsequent AVA Trio ...

Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree

Read "Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree" reviewed by Michael Blake

Sometimes musicians transcend what is considered normal technique. They discover new worlds of sound and establish concepts previously unknown; concepts that even defy the practical methods that the inventors of the instrument intended. One person I know that has done just that is Marcus Rojas. In third grade he decided to play the tuba and, even ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Howard Johnson and Gravity: Testimony

Read "Testimony" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il Gravity di Howard Johnson è un organico dedito esclusivamente alla timbrica grave (basso tuba, principalmente) con solisti e sezione ritmica. Il progetto risale addirittura al 1968 ma registrò il suo primo disco solo nel 1996 perchè tutte le etichette lo rifiutavano. Alla fine Johnson convinse i dirigenti della Verve, che non se ne pentirono viste ...

NEWS: EVENT

Diane Moser's Composers Big Band To Celebrate 20th Anniversary At Trumpets

Diane Moser's Composers Big Band To Celebrate 20th Anniversary At Trumpets

Jazz insiders know that skipping even a single performance by the talented and adventurous 17-piece Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band (DMCBB) means missing a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience. Formed by composer/pianist Diane Moser and a dedicated group of musicians and composers with the intention of exploring the possibilities of big band music and moving it forward, the band has lived ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Howard Johnson Celebrates His 75th With New CD And Concert At The Jazz Museum In Harlem on Sunday, January 29th at 2:30pm

Howard Johnson Celebrates His 75th With New CD And Concert At The Jazz Museum In Harlem on Sunday, January 29th at 2:30pm

Sun, January 29, 2017
2:30 PM- 5:00 PM EST The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027 Featuring: Howard Johnson: baritone saxophone, tuba, penny whistle; Yayoi Ikawa: piano; Melissa Slocum: bass; Newman Taylor Baker: drums. Testimony includes eight tunes ranging from soulful to funky to bluesy to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Howard Johnson and Gravity: Testimony

Read "Testimony" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Those who see the tuba as a sluggish, unwieldy instrument capable only of rounding out a musical composition in the lower register may have to rethink that appraisal after listening to Testimony, in which multi-instrumentalist and tuba master Howard Johnson ushers no less than half a dozen tubas and rhythm through their paces in a session ...

NEWS: RECORDING

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston To Release New 2-CD Set, "The African Nubian Suite," On His African Rhythms Label, Jan. 20

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston To Release New 2-CD Set, "The African Nubian Suite," On His African Rhythms Label, Jan. 20

NEA Jazz Master, iconic pianist/composer, and still-vital jazz elder Randy Weston, at 90, remains a powerful force in jazz. Currently serving as artist-in-residence at Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York; celebrated earlier this month at Harvard University, which has acquired his archive; and named a United States Artists (USA) Fellow last week, ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Arancio, nero e nostalgia: tempo di ristampe in casa Impulse!

Read "Arancio, nero e nostalgia: tempo di ristampe in casa Impulse!" reviewed by Luca Canini

Piovono ristampe in casa Impulse!. Un diluvio benedetto a tinte arancionere che riporta sugli scaffali dei negozi classicissimi e rarità a prezzi stracciati. Non il massimo l'operazione dal punto di vista filologico: grafica discutibile, copertine originali incrociate grossolanamente, rimasterizzazione discreta ma non eccelsa, note riprodotte in miniatura e in alcuni casi praticamente illeggibili; ma il rapporto ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Aprea: On John Lennon, Jazz Legends, And Life In Music

Read "Ron Aprea: On John Lennon, Jazz Legends, And Life In Music" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Picture this: The year is 1974 and you've just gotten off the road with Lionel Hampton. The phone rings, and on the other end of the line is an old buddy of yours. After a little small talk, he asks if you're available for a recording session. You indicate that you're free and ask him about ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Matthew Shipp, Marc Ribot, Dorado Schmitt & Randy Weston

Read "Matthew Shipp, Marc Ribot, Dorado Schmitt & Randy Weston" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Matthew Shipp Trio
Dizzy's Club
November 3, 2014

It's not often that a hero of New York's alternative downtown improvising scene ventures uptown to play a mainline jazz club. It's even more of a rarity for a Dizzy's set to consist of a single long piece. In fact, ...