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Ryan Slatko: First Impressions

Read "First Impressions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Ryan Slatko opens his debut disc, First Impressions, with a drum rumble that kicks into some two-sax harmony moving ahead on a slick momentum. It catches the ear with its concise polish. The tune: The Slako-penned “Green Ceiling." When Slatko slips into his solo--full of vitality and crisp new ideas--the flag goes up: an exciting ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel

Read "Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Maurice Ravel is not only one of the great authors of 20th century classical music, but one of a handful of classical composers to have demonstrated an interest in jazz. During his tour of the United States in 1928, Ravel went to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, or Connie's Inn and the nearby Cotton Club, to ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Photographer Jimmy Katz Announces Giant Step Arts, Artist-focused Non-profit Supporting Modern Jazz Innovators

Photographer Jimmy Katz Announces Giant Step Arts, Artist-focused Non-profit Supporting Modern Jazz Innovators

“[Katz] has developed an exceptional body of work in the jazz field, covering the elder statesmen, the icons, the mainstream and the young lions. In the process, he has developed his own style with the camera that is as identifiable as Armstrong’s tone on trumpet or Coltrane’s sound on tenor sax.”—Michael Cuscuna, producer, Blue Note Records For nearly 30 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Upcoming Appearances From Pianist Ryan Slatko To Feature Music From His Debut Album "First Impressions"

Upcoming Appearances From Pianist Ryan Slatko To Feature Music From His Debut Album "First Impressions"

Following his performance and musical direction in the world premiere of LIGHTS OUT: Nat King Cole! that debuted in Pennsylvania late last year, pianist Ryan Slatko is beginning the New Year with a series of shows in support of his latest release, First Impressions. Slatko, who is a native of Florida and recent graduate of New York ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Looking over the vast quantity of fine music released in 2017, it is reassuring to know that even in these troubled times, the spirit of creativity and endurance that jazz has always embodied continues to hold strong, especially as the music continually finds new forms of expression that move beyond stylistic boundaries. It was a particularly ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fabian Almazan: Alcanza

Read "Alcanza" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Giunto al quarto disco da leader, Fabian Almazan s'impone con un'opera ambiziosa e appassionante, che ha ricevuto superlativi giudizi dai massimi jazz magazine statunitensi. Alcanza è una suite in nove movimenti con tre brevi interludi incisa dallo stesso organico del precedente album Rhizome (Artist Share, 2014): ovvero il piano trio con la bassista Linda Oh} e ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fabian Almazan: Alcanza

Read "Alcanza" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

There is no doubt that pianist and composer Fabian Almazan's Alcanza is a unique and boldly inventive work. On it Almazan deftly fuses the tonality and stylings of a string quartet with those of his piano trio. He also adorns this captivating composition with the scintillating romanticism of guitarist and vocalist Camila Meza's hypnotic singing. The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pat Metheny al Parco della Musica di Roma

Read "Pat Metheny al Parco della Musica di Roma" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


An Evening With Pat Metheny
Parco della Musica
Roma
08.05.2017

Quella di Roma è stata l'ultima delle sei date italiane con cui il chitarrista Pat Metheny ha aperto il tour europeo 2017, alla testa di un quartetto di musicisti tra cui spicca il batterista Antonio Sanchez, già al suo fianco ...

Fabian Almazan: Alcanza

Read "Alcanza" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When his debut record, Personalities, was released in 2011, pianist Fabian Almazan put everyone on notice: this was a musician unafraid to take some big chances with his craft. That album began with a piece by Shostakovich (augmented with a string quartet and electronics, no less), and it effectively established the trajectory Almazan has continued ever ...

Linda May Han Oh: Walk Against Wind

Read "Walk Against Wind" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the exquisite Walk Against Wind bassist Linda May Han Oh showcases her unique compositional style that rivals, artistically, her mastery over her instrument and her improvisational prowess. These 11 originals express various motifs reflecting Oh's diverse influences yet a delightfully dark poetry imbues all of them, giving the album its thematic unity.

The ...