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Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Tohpati Ethnomission: Mata Hati

Read "Mata Hati" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Although it's been nearly seven years since Tohpati Ethnomission's Save The Planet (2010), Indonesian guitarist Tohpati has hardly been idle in that time, with several notable releases to his credit on Moonjune Records. Thanks to Leonardo Pavkovic's New York label, Riot (2012), Faces (2017)--both under the moniker Tohpati Bertiga--The Sixth Story (2013), the swansong of the ...

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Jeff Lorber Fusion at Nighttown

Read "Jeff Lorber Fusion at Nighttown" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Jeff Lorber Fusion
Nighttown
Cleveland, Ohio
May 26, 2017

One of the pioneers of the fusion movement of the early '80s that ultimately morphed into the smooth jazz craze, keyboard man Jeff Lorber made his initial mark with the five albums he cut between 1977 and 1981. Leading an ensemble ...

Ray Lyon: Trinity One

Read "Trinity One" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Pianist and composer Ray Lyon has released Trinity One, his fifth release on his own label, Burning Blue Records. The eight-song project delivers a diverse collection of original compositions that are interesting in form and execution. Lyon is a master of storytelling through his music and he enlists the talents of bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer ...

Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!

Read "Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!" reviewed by John Kelman

In a time when album sales are a challenge being mitigated, at least to some extent, by the release of deluxe editions and box sets, it's still more necessary than ever to grab potential listeners with imagery and words; the title of a box set can have, especially for those less than intimately familiar with the ...

Marilyn Scott: Standard Blue

Read "Standard Blue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With an album title like this, some may be expecting boilerplate jazz that hews closely to some sort of straight-and-narrow musical orthodoxy. That, however, isn't what you get from vocalist Marilyn Scott. While it's true that Standard Blue is filled with familiar titles, these performances never sound platitudinous.

Scott paints standards with a ...

Tohpati Ethnomission: Mata Hati

Read "Mata Hati" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Indonesian guitarist and composer Tohpati, like his countrymen Dewa Budjana and Dwiki Dharmawan, is a busy studio musician who somehow manages to keep several of his own distinct musical projects moving in parallel. The most well-known of these is probably simakDialog, best described as an Indonesian jam band whose copious recorded output has been cut short ...

Marilyn Scott: Standard Blue

Read "Standard Blue" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Marilyn Scott is not a new name in music. She has released 14 recording since the late 1980s, including the present Standard Blue. It is odd, then, that she has had so little coverage in these pages. George Harris wrote a revealing piece on her 2006 release, Handpicked (Prana Entertainment), but that is about it. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeff Richman: Sizzle

Read "Sizzle" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Veteran modern jazz guitarist Jeff Richman will release his seventeenth solo project Sizzle on November 17, 2016. The project joins together longtime collaborators to form a tight-knit band that certainly shares a well-oiled chemistry; with Jimmy Haslip on bass and handling the production, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, George Whitty (keys/programming), and Gergo Borlai (drums/programming). Richman is ...

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Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling

Read "Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Describing guitarist, composer, bandleader, producer and conceptualist Ethan Margolis as a citizen of the world barely does him or his music justice. Born and raised in jny: Cleveland (OH), Margolis left the US when he was 21 to study the art of Gypsy flamenco guitar in Spain. He stayed there for more than a decade, living ...