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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joe Locke / Pat Bianchi / Marvin "Smitty" Smith at Detroit Groove Society

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Joe Locke/Pat Bianchi/Marvin “Smitty" Smith
Detroit Groove Socirty
West Bloomfield, Michigan
December 7, 2018

One of the key elements of jazz over the history of the music has been the social aspect that is inherent in the type of musical communication that marks improvised music. During the swing era, if you ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line

Read "East West Time Line" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il nuovo album del chitarrista Kevin Eubanks, che segue Duets realizzato nel 2015 con il collega Stanley Jordan, si innesta direttamente nella grande tradizione della chitarra jazz, di cui da oltre trenta anni è uno dei maggiori interpreti. Da sempre poco interessato a sperimentazioni timbriche o strutturali, Eubanks ha preferito concentrare il suo approccio allo strumento ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis

Read "Morphogenesis" reviewed by Troy Dostert

After his 2015 masterpiece, Synovial Joints, alto saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman left his listeners wondering how he could try to top that extraordinary project. With 21 musicians and an ambitious melding of classical and jazz instrumentation with intricate compositional decisions, Coleman used that record to reveal yet another dimension of his constantly-evolving musical concept--one that's been changing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line

Read "East West Time Line" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Philadelphia-born guitarist, composer Kevin Eubanks has been building a creative catalog and playing style since his 18-year tenure as the guitarist and music director of TV's, The Tonight Show Band ended in 2010. Eubanks took New York by storm, starting out in straight ahead jazz clubs, followed by progressive albums for contemporary jazz giant GRP Records ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dean Brown Band To Tour Europe Fall 2016

Dean Brown Band To Tour Europe Fall 2016

Guitarist and composer Dean Brown has always done things his way. Nowhere is that in greater evidence than on ROLAJAFUFU, his fifth album as a leader. The title is a playful acronym that encompasses rock-Latin-jazz-funk- fusion, the universes Brown explores on this diverse, kinetic recording. Brown’s fiercely independent streak is also exemplified by the fact that this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Jaffe Nonet +4: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is difficult to get past the opening, and title track, to Andy Jaffe's Nonet recording Arc. The reason being, it is a flawless piece of music as it is written, arranged and performed. There is just something about this little waltz that is cinematic, in both the sense that it feels like the soundtrack to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Swingin' In The Rain: Portland Jazz Festival 2016

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Sonny Fortune and Azar Lawrence
Jimmy Mak's
PDX Jazz Festival
Portland, OR
February 18-19, 2016

Any American burg that aspires to “great city" status has got to have a solid jazz scene. Sorry, but hipster hat shops, artisanal juiceries, and $6 coffee from beans grown on sustainable farms in Africa and Latin ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls

Read "Bird Calls" reviewed by Dave Wayne

On Bird Calls, alto saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa takes on the music of Charlie Parker in a personal and profound way, accompanied by his whip-smart, uber-hip and youthful backing band. Let's face it, folks; this is the sort of thing a jazz fan's daydreams are made of. The result doesn't disappoint; Bird Calls is a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Billy Childs: Pushing Past Preconceptions

Read "Billy Childs: Pushing Past Preconceptions" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

Billy Childs is simply one of the baddest musicians on the planet. He's a brilliant jazz pianist, having received much acclaim as a sideman with legends as well as from being a bandleader. His Windham Hill recordings--Take For Example, This....., His April ...