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Christian Sands: Reach Further

Read "Reach Further" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With full gale Monk-ian intensity and flair, pianist Christian Sands' five song EP, Reach Further bursts open with “J-Street" like the grandest, most swinging first flower in the new jazz garden. Then you hit repeat. Repeat again. Then you remember there are four more songs and the garden bursts with color.

Comprised of two ...

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Michelle Coltrane: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Yes, that Coltrane. Vocalist Michelle Coltrane, the offspring of pianist Alice McLeod (and vocalist Kenny Hagood) and the stepdaughter of saxophone icon John Coltrane, has one of the strongest musical pedigrees around. She was, quite literally, born and raised into musical legend. But her background and lineage hasn't put undue pressure on her development or musical ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

Read "Planetary Prince" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Si chiama Cameron Graves ed è il pianista dell'ensemble di Kamasi Washington, controversa figura della musica afroamericana capace con la pubblicazione di Epic di far nascere tra i commentatori e gli addetti ai lavori di mezzo mondo una querelle da tifo calcistico. L'album a suo nome si intitola Planetary Prince è stato registrato in una session ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 22 -July 3, 2016

It's hard to believe, with seasons that move quickly from spring into summer, that it was time, once again, for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival has grown from a weekend event into a full-blown, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kamasi Washington: The Epic

Read "The Epic" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Kamasi Washington's masterwork The Epic showcases an incisive saxophonist/composer who has performed with jazz luminaries Gerald Wilson and Herbie Hancock but is probably better known for his work with creatives outside of jazz--Grammy winning electronic musician/producer Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus (grand-nephew of Alice Coltrane); rising Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar and Steven Bruner aka Thundercat who ...