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Michael Leonhart, Rava, Lovano, Zappa & Other New Releases

Read "Michael Leonhart, Rava, Lovano, Zappa & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From previously unreleased recordings of Frank Zappa to the much-anticipated new album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra and the exciting collaboration between Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano, this week we delve into another stash of really exciting new releases.

Happy listening!

Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without

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There is a treasure-trove of jazz gems away from the usual labels, venues, websites... one has just to look around and search for it. This week we feature bands whose quality may have not been matched by their international commercial success... but that's often the curse of excellent music that goes off the beaten path. Since ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Zhenya Strigalev and Federico Dannemann: The Change

Read "The Change" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The leaders of this date met 14-years ago at the Royal Academy Music and have become important contributors to London's jazz scene. The album title parallels life's changes, namely saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev's move back to Russia and guitarist Federico Danneman's return to performing after devoting much of his time to teaching in Santiago, Chile. As first-call ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sasha Mashin: Outsidethebox

Read "Outsidethebox" reviewed by Troy Dostert

For a debut record--and a drummer's album, no less--Sasha Mashin's Outsidethebox displays a remarkably assured ambition. In fact, Mashin even started his own label to ensure that his music saw the light of day. And with some top-shelf talent providing the compositions and instrumentation on these groove-heavy, stylistically diverse pieces, the results are consistently engaging and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sasha Mashin: Outsidethebox

Read "Outsidethebox" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Sasha Mashin makes clear that he's the real deal within the first fifty seconds of this date. Opening “Sipiagin's Mood," the lead-off track on his debut release, with a solo drum introduction, Mashin immediately stakes his claim. Chops, of course, don't always equate to true artistry or position, but in this case technique and taste ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Zhenya Strigalev: Blues For Maggie

Read "Blues For Maggie" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Zhenya Strigalev's idiosyncratic Never Group (Whirlwind 2016) takes a rather different tack, opening with the reggae-infused “Not Upset" and utilising a new creation, a so-called “alto box." His deployment of his erstwhile college mate from London's Royal Academy of Music, Chilean guitarist Federico Dannemann is a genius move. It's easy to see why ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Zhenya Strigalev: Never Group

Read "Never Group" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev's trio Never Group with drummer Eric Harland and bassist Tim Lefebvre bring its definition of punk jazz with in-ear-your-ear performances with a nonchalant attitude. Recorded over two days in Berlin with a few guests dropping in on the fun, the recording is compelling in its inventive energy.

This follow-up ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Zhenya Strigalev: Never Group

Read "Never Group" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Tim Lefebvre was the last bassist to record with David Bowie. He's featured on Blackstar, arguably Bowie's best and certainly most poignant album. Drummer Eric Harland has recorded with Charles Lloyd's Quartet, Dave Holland, Joshua Redman and McCoy Tyner. These two musicians form the essential backbone of Russian-born, London-based alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev's trio who dominate ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015

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A theme for this year's list? How about “Jazz Unbound?" I initially planned on placing my picks into different categories, as I've often done in the past. But I thought better of it. The releases that caught my ear in 2015 cover the entire spectrum of possibility--winning straight-ahead outings, audacious affairs, dynamic debuts, intimate encounters, stellar ...