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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

North Sea Jazz 2018

Read "North Sea Jazz 2018" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music

Read "Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music" reviewed by Alan Bryson

The notion of jazz as surf music seems absurd at first blush, but it can work surprisingly well. Some time ago I learned this by happenstance while listening to an album by fusion guitarist Alex Machacek as I watched surf videos on YouTube. It was a true “ah ha" moment. Compared to the original soundtrack, Alex's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kenneth Salters Haven: Enter to Exit

Read "Enter to Exit" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Nove brani per raccontare il proprio mondo musicale, per la prima volta da titolare. Si intitola Enter to Exit il debutto di Kenneth Salters Haven, batterista originario del Connecticut ma dal 2006 stabilmente sui palchi del jazz newyorkese. Dopo una lunga palestra che ha fatto incrociare il compositore e bandleader con Don Byron, Chris Potter, Aretha ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Anton Fig: Behind the Band Stand, Part 1

Read "Anton Fig: Behind the Band Stand, Part 1" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Part 1 | Part 2

It's around 3 o'clock in early January, that melancholy time of year where the day perpetually feels like 7 pm. We're standing on West 53rd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue around the corner from the entrance to The Ed Sullivan Theater. A light haze of snow is falling ...

Nate Radley: Morphoses

Read "Morphoses" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It took Nate Radley a while to graduate from sideman/band member to leader, but The Big Eyes (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2012) was an impressive debut that called for a quick follow-up. Happily, Radley seems to be on a roll. Carillon (Steeplechase, 2013) pitted Radley alongside Ted Poor, Chris Cheek and Matt Clohesy on an eclectic ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Oz Noy: The Twisted Wizardry Of Oz

Read "Oz Noy: The Twisted Wizardry Of Oz" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Any blues played by Oz Noy would have to be a little twisted. Drawing on influences ranging from the classic jazz guitarists of yesteryear to the trailblazers of more recent vintage, Noy's instantly recognizable voice is also heavily influenced by blues and heavy metal guitarists.

Two and a half years have passed since Twisted ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Oz Noy: Twisted Blues Volume 2

Read "Twisted Blues Volume 2" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Two and a half years on from Twisted Blues Volume 1, guitar ace Oz Noy returns with another incendiary serving of jazz-inflected blues. In the intervening period Noy has hardly been idle, releasing a couple of instructional DVDs and touring regularly but his return to the recording studio with his blues bag is certainly welcome. As ...

Oz Noy

Read "Oz Noy" reviewed by Alan Bryson

As a top session guitarist in his native Israel, Oz Noy was at home playing jazz, blues, funk, and rock. Since emmigrating to the United States in 1996 he has been based in New York City where he has become a regular fixture on the local jazz scene, including his standing gig at the Bitter End. ...

Oteil Burbridge: Profile of a Folk Jazz Player

Read "Oteil Burbridge: Profile of a Folk Jazz Player" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Rarely does the opportunity to interview a touring musician arrive with much advance notice. Schedules tend to be dictated by airline departure times, hotel check-out policies and sound checks. If I am lucky, I'll know of an upcoming show in town a few weeks in advance and can plan accordingly. If the artist has a few ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Elec Tet: Shiny Metal Objects

Read "Shiny Metal Objects" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Elec Tet started out as a fusion tribute band, but it quickly outgrew that designation. Drummer Ben Scholz originally formed the group as a vehicle to explore the sounds of now-classic '70s fusion outfits, but something else happened along the way: originality eclipsed imitation in The Elec Tet. Now, on the band's debut album, Scholz ...