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Camille Thurman: Inside The Moment

Read "Inside The Moment" reviewed by James Nadal

As a first call saxophonist and vocalist, Camille Thurman has appeared as guest accompanist on so many albums and performances by acclaimed artists, it's hard to imagine where she found the time for Inside The Moment . Having released both Origins and Spirit Child back to back in 2014, and as the recipient of prestigious awards ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz

Read "Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz
Fred Hersch
307 Pages
ISBN: #9781101904343
Crown Archetype Press
2017

Disclaimer #1: Like the author, I harbor a blood pathogen (he HIV, me Leukemia) that is intent on killing me.

Disclaimer #2: Being of similar ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by John Kelman

Having just turned sixty this year, it's still quite remarkable that Dave Stryker--a musician who, unfortunately and unfairly, fits into the category of “one of the best guitarists most have never heard"--has released well over thirty albums as a leader/co-leader (including his Stryker/Slagle Band, with saxophonist Steve Slagle, and Latin-informed Trio Mundo) in a little more ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dial & Oatts, Rich DeRosa, and the WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pianist Garry Dial and saxophonist Dick Oatts have teamed up frequently in recent years as “Dial and Oatts," on some occasions to record their own material (Dial and Oatts, 1990) and on others to breathe new life into classic jazz repertoire (Dial and Oatts Play Cole Porter, 1993). Their latest, Rediscovered Ellington, is of course an ...

Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hot on the heels of his 2016 release, the soul and rock infused Eight Track II comes Dave Stryker's punningly titled Strykin' Ahead with a mix of standards and Stryker originals. Following the lively opener, “Shadowboxing," a Stryker original, comes a rather more sedate version of Wayne Shorter's “Footprints" followed by Stryker's “New You" in which ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joseph Leighton Trio at Jazzhole

Read "Joseph Leighton Trio at Jazzhole" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Joseph Leighton Trio
Jazzhole, Top of the Town
Omagh, N. Ireland
June 24, 2017

Jazzhole may not be the most enticing name for N. Ireland's newest jazz venue. Then again, who's to say? For in spite of, or perhaps because of the borderline pejorative/boho-chic ambiguity of the name, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

Ed Neumeister & His NeuHat Ensemble: Wake Up Call

Read "Wake Up Call" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you are one of those restless wanderers who is searching high and low for easy listening, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you are drawn to music that is more or less off the beaten path and challenges your mind and spirit, composer / arranger / trombonist Ed Neumeister's new album may well serve ...

David Doruzka: Autumn Tales

Read "Autumn Tales" reviewed by Chris Mosey

David Doruzka is from the Czech Republic. He plays impressionistic guitar very much in the Pat Metheny tradition. Indeed, while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Doruzka was chosen by Metheny to participate as the only guitarist in the 2000 Aspen Snowmass Jazz Colony.

Another major influence on his playing has ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History

Read "Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History" reviewed by Steve Rowland

This article was first published at the Explore PA History website.

At first glance, Pittsburgh might not seem the most likely place to produce great jazz musicians. Situated on the western edge of the state, “Smoketown" was a gritty industrial city, better known for being the center of the nation's steel industry, than for ...


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