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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Out Louds: The Out Louds

Read "The Out Louds" reviewed by Don Phipps

The Out Louds want you to know -it's not about compositions -it's about collective improvisation based on evolving musical themes. Go where the feeling takes you. Listen and add your voice. Branch out and come back. Go under water. Crawl through dark tunnels. Run along city boulevards. Crash in one's own room, quiet in the darkness ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2

Read "Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Part 1 | Part 2

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 20-21, 2017

On the last two days of the festival, the Edgefest audience was treated to even more of the eclectic, explorative music that was present in abundance on Wednesday and Thursday.

Edgefest-goers who were able ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy

Read "Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy" reviewed by Luca Canini

In 1988 Bill Laswell produced Iggy Pop's album Instinct. Back then, little he could have known that, almost thirty years later, he would have been instrumental in facilitating the iconic singer's first foray in the Jazz world. Loneliness Road (RareNoiseRecords) documents the latest incarnation of James Newell Osterberg Junior, the front man of proto-punk band The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
September 23-24, 2017

Even though the 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is on the books and the music is no longer audible, the spirit of the weekend endures. What has become an annual rite and celebration of music, culture, and maybe above, all ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark F. Turner's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Another year of outstanding releases which not only unveiled new artists but also fresh material from those I've admired over many years. While the roots of jazz were formed during the music diaspora from Africa to America its branches are continually grafting and evolving--artistically, culturally, and geographically as musicians and composers find creative ways to express ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Read "Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance" reviewed by Asher Wolf

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Philadelphia Art Alliance
Ars Nova Workshop
Philadelphia, PA
May 13, 2016

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom plays jazz, but the woman herself is hardly a jazz drummer. Though she can swing and improvise like nobody's business, Miller seems equally at home with the grooves of ...

George Hurd: Navigation Without Numbers

Read "Navigation Without Numbers" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

jny: San Francisco-based composer George Hurd doesn't subscribe to any of the monolithic definitions around musical categories. In his own creative process he incorporates classical chamber music, home-grown electronics and acoustic instrumentation. Performed by the rotation of players making up his namesake ensemble, his debut album, Navigation Without Numbers, presents us with eleven Hurd original compositions ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Uno sguardo alla chitarra nel jazz contemporaneo

Read "Uno sguardo alla chitarra nel jazz contemporaneo" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

La chitarra è ormai da decenni uno degli strumenti più popolari e diffusi nel jazz; tanti sono stati, e sono tuttora, gli interpreti di questo strumento, protagonisti di un suo progressivo affrancamento dalle iniziali convenzioni per arrivare a renderlo sempre più libero e trasversale, al servizio di una maggiore e completa espressività del musicista che lo ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt: Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt

Read "Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Canadian bassist Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt ensemble celebrates its inaugural outing on composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer John Zorn's diverse and far-reaching Tzadik record label. Consequently, Higgins is a member of the Canadian band Zebrina --cited as bringing “Jewish music into the 21st century" --and features venerable American clarinetist Ben Goldberg on the 2014 Tzadik release Hamidbar ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Jazz In Buenos Aires: Fresh Breezes From The South

Read "Jazz In Buenos Aires: Fresh Breezes From The South" reviewed by Mark Holston

Galería Apolo is one of many 1950s-style shopping arcades that flank Avenida Corrientes, the gaudy, pedestrian-packed “Broadway" of Argentina's cosmopolitan and bustling capital city. A dimly lit galería, it's the kind of one-stop-shopping destination where tiny specialty shops sell everything from comic books to costume jewelry and a visitor can get a watch repaired or satisfy ...