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North Sea Jazz 2018

Read "North Sea Jazz 2018" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

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Fano Jazz by the Sea 2018

Read "Fano Jazz by the Sea 2018" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Fano Jazz by the Sea
Varie sedi
Fano e dintorni
21-29.07.2018

A partire dall'edizione dello scorso anno la Rocca Malatestiana è diventata il fulcro di Fano Jazz by the Sea. Nel giardino antistante la possente struttura storica viene allestito il Jazz Village, punto di incontro per varie iniziative collaterali: concerti e ...

JD Allen: Love Stone

Read "Love Stone" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Beneath this tough tenor's exterior rests the most tender of spirits. If you need evidence, just spend some time with Love Stone.

After carving out his rightful place at the apex with a series of brilliant piano-less trio outings focused on pithy originals, saxophonist JD Allen recently felt the winds of change in ...

Theo Hill: Interstellar Adventures

Read "Interstellar Adventures" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hot on the heels of his heralded 2017 effort Promethean, the five covers and five originals on his latest Interstellar Adventures serve as rousing calling-cards for Theo Hill as he continues his steady, determined ascent into the contemporary ranks of vital and inspired jazz pianists.

With the exciting, percussive talents of bassist Rashaan Carter ...

Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras

Read "Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Nylon-string acoustic guitars don't crop up in jazz all that often, but when they do the results can be delightful. Below I discuss two very different albums which incorporate that distinctive sound.

The Beauty of Differences
Misfitme
2018

Jean Chaumont's album The Beauty of Differences bogs down in ...

Craig Brann: Lineage

Read "Lineage" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The cream always rises to the top. That might sound like a trite statement (and one definitely not applicable to pop music), but is one that consistently holds true in jazz. So it follows that guitarist Craig Brann, in a discipline in which one cannot fake it to make it, would then be the crème de ...

Jon Irabagon Quartet: Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics

Read "Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's easy imagine Hollywood producers putting together a comic book superhero movie when listening to a recording by the saxophonist Jon Irabagon. We know that after joining Moppa Elliott's Mostly Other People Do The Killing and winning the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, he decided to use his super powers for good instead of evil. Like ...

Jon Irabagon Quartet with Tim Hagans: Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics

Read "Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon is best known for his long tenure with Mostly Other People Do the Killing (MOPDtK), beginning with This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup Records, 2008) and through the majority of that group's releases up to 2017's Loafer's Hollow. But along the way to Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics, he has accumulated an eclectic ...

James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor: Radiant Imprints

Read "Radiant Imprints" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When saxophonist James Brandon Lewis released Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014) with bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver, the jazz world went from “who is this guy?" to “make space at the table," because listeners had discovered a truly distinctive voice. After that came Days Of Freeman (Okeh, 2015) with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Rudy Royston and ...

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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 ...