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Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Read "Journey Moments" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In lineage with his previous releases--notably Sounds of Brasil (self produced, 2011) and Intersection (Origin, 2016))--bassist/band-leader/composer Ark Ovrutski's fourth release Journey Moments is a tightly wound, expertly realized collection of five originals and four like-minded covers that nudge Ovrutski closer to the upper ranks of today's jazz.

Journey Moments creates an overall sense of ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 2

2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Read "Journey Moments" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In listening to this music, each song, solo, and split-second decision can be defined as a journey moment. Every single one, large or small, plays as a parallel or reflection of life's rich travels, bringing to light thoughts and emotions both firm and fleeting in nature. And in the sum total of them all, where action, ...

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Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band at Sculler's Jazz Club

Read "Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band at Sculler's Jazz Club" reviewed by Nat Seelen

Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
Sculler's Jazz Club
Cambridge, MA
November 10, 2017

I walked into the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel, home of Sculler's Jazz Club, at 9:40pm to find it packed, swarming with fans of Brian Blade eager to snap up a copy of his ...

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Bruce Harris: Beginnings

Read "Beginnings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Many a debut album receives a largely positive critique before being cut down to size with a qualifier. It's simply a jazz journalist's nature to paint newcomers as nascent talent in need of seasoning, players showing signs of potential, or artists taking a good first step with a first record. But sometimes a debut album is ...

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Jon Cowherd Quartet: featuring Steve Cardenas, Tony Scherr and Brian Blade: Gateway

Read "Gateway" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Pianist/keyboardist Jon Cowherd has been a regular member of the Brian Blade Fellowship through its four releases dating back to the group's self-titled debut in 1998 (Blue Note Records). He has recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Lizz Wright and Myron Walden (also of Fellowship) as well, but the Kentucky native has a background that extends to country ...

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David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard

Read "David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard" reviewed by David Weiss

Noted trumpeter, composer, and New Jazz Composers Octet founder, David Weiss shares several stories about his experience with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard. As told to David Kaufman.

I met Freddie Hubbard soon after he damaged his lip. I guess what basically happened was he had a blister on his lip that popped and got ...

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Francisco Pais' Lotus Project: Verde

Read "Verde" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Despite this album's title, it's not a monochromatic musical affair. In fact, it's one of the most kaleidoscopic offerings to touchdown in 2016.

Guitarist Francisco Pais pulls together a collection of New York's finest young-ish guns to breathe life into his variegated works--pieces that alternately touch on everything from indie rock to modern ...

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Kenneth Salters Haven: Enter to Exit

Read "Enter to Exit" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Nove brani per raccontare il proprio mondo musicale, per la prima volta da titolare. Si intitola Enter to Exit il debutto di Kenneth Salters Haven, batterista originario del Connecticut ma dal 2006 stabilmente sui palchi del jazz newyorkese. Dopo una lunga palestra che ha fatto incrociare il compositore e bandleader con Don Byron, Chris Potter, Aretha ...

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2015 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2015 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 4-7, 2015

As the world's largest free jazz festival, Detroit's annual Labor Day offering provides a rewarding, but daunting task for anyone set to hunker down in the Motor City all Labor Day weekend. This year about 60 performances were in the offing ...