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Human Element: You Are In You

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Seeking to expand upon the stylistic legacy of Joe Zawinul...

Only a group of pretty heavily respected musicians could pull off a mission statement like that. Yet that's pretty much what keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matthew Garrison, drummer Gary Novak, and percussionist / vocalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan declared when they formed Human Element.

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John McLaughlin: John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring - Live in San Francisco

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If you're a concert-goer of a certain age (and ilk), 2017 and early 2018 have proven fairly remarkable. Whether “last waltzes," overdue reunions or just plain old-school tenacity, many titans and heroes of the jazz-rock/prog era--such as Brand X, King Crimson, Soft Machine and The Dixie Dregs--have been making the rounds in some major markets and ...

Tim Miller: Trio vol 3

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Best not to bury the lead.

Tim Miller's Trio Vol 3 sets a new high-water mark for the guitarist's output, an advance from and worthy successor to his last trio recording nearly a decade ago.

There, a potential pull-quote is out of the way...

Before returning to the review, something--what ...

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Bob Lanzetti: Whose Feet are These That are Walking

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Unless you've been off planet lately, you've most likely heard (or at least heard of) Snarky Puppy. Their rise has certainly been hard to miss. So too is the fact that the band is populated by some very promising young musicians -many of whom have been dipping their toes into solo waters lately. The most recent ...

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Kneebody: Anti-Hero

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Several questions came to mind when listening (repeatedly) to Kneebody's latest offering, Anti-Hero.

1. “Why does this feel important?"

Easy one. Anti-Hero is by far the strongest effort yet from arguably the most original collective to strafe the jazz world in recent history. All the pheromones that make Kneebody so attractive have ...

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FORQ at The World Cafe Live

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FORQ
The World Café Live
Philadelphia PA
July 31 2017

One can be well-versed in the two (whoops, now three) albums worth of music by FORQ, (and in the music from the other bands the individual members hail from) and still not be totally prepared for the impact of ...

Nate Smith: Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere

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To get right to it, rarely does a first effort as leader come along that is so worthy of attention. With Postcards From Everywhere, Nate Smith has offered a many-faceted jewel whose luster only grows with re-examination.

On one level, this is indeed an album that satisfies the requisite expectations for a debut from ...

Steely Dan's Jon Herington and Jim Beard

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While keyboardist / producer Jim Beard and guitarist Jon Herington are both solo recording artists with long and varied careers that straddle jazz, rock and beyond, they may be best known these days for being longtime members of Steely Dan's current touring band. They have also been close friends for nearly 40 years. They sat down ...

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Jim Beard And Jon Herington At The Kennett Flash

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The Herington / Beard Duo
The Kennett Flash
Kennett Square, PA
June 15, 2017

Nestled in the small town of Kennett Square Pennsylvania, the Kennett Flash is a bit of an anomaly these days-- and a welcome one at that. It's a small non-profit venue for the arts, able to hold ...

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Kneebody at Johnny Brenda's

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Kneebody
Johnny Brenda's
Philadelphia PA
April 7, 2017

Generally when a band announces that a group member is waylaid and can't make the gig, those in the audience start to resign themselves to an evening of subconscious apologetics--("It's not the same but pretty good for a guy subbing on short notice." ...