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ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Stu Mindeman and trio explore a Chick Corea classic at the Chicago Jazz Festival

Read "Stu Mindeman and trio explore a Chick Corea classic at the Chicago Jazz Festival" reviewed by Corey Hall

When reflecting on his 1968 recording Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Chick Corea shared the following with jazz journalist Don Heckman:

“The title...comes from I Ching, an ancient Chinese book that I was into in the '60s when I was studying different philosophies and religions. It's also known as the Book of Changes. ...

Geof Bradfield: Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers

Read "Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The Compass Players was a legendary theatrical ensemble in Chicago whose members developed several improvisational games to stimulate their creative instincts. One of these was called “Yes, and..." where one person would start telling a story and everyone who followed would have to continue the story however they wished from the point the previous speaker ended. ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

Geof Bradfield: Birdhoused

Read "Birdhoused" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A horn-fest? That was the initial impression of saxophonist Geof Bradfield's Birdhoused, a set featuring a quintet with no chording instrument and  four horn front line in a live set at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. While Bradfield's Melba (Origin Records, 2013) paid tribute to the under-sung trombonist/composer/arranger Melba Liston; and his Roots (Origin Records, 2015) ...

Clark Sommers Lens: By A Thread

Read "By A Thread" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Clark Sommers served up a terrific trio outing in 2013 with Ba(sh) (Origin Record), a teaming with his fellow Chicagoans, reedman Geof Bradfield and drummer Dana Hall. He expands the ensemble to a quintet for By A Thread. Tenorist (mostly, he also adds his bass clarinet to the sound) Geof Bradfield is back, in what ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trumpeter Terell Stafford Releases "Forgive and Forget" on Herb Harris Music

Trumpeter Terell Stafford Releases "Forgive and Forget" on Herb Harris Music

Herb Harris Music is happy to announce the release of a new album from trumpeter Terell Stafford. Forgive and Forget and is the second installment of a series of recordings dubbed “Jazzmasters Unlimited". A master jazz trumpeter with over 20 years of experience, Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
September 24-25, 2016

Regard the Hyde Park Jazz Festival as you would your favorite restaurant, where it just so happens that you are best friends with the chef. You have an embarrassment of riches because everything on the menu, which is fresh and delicious, organic, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Wojciechowski: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Every now and then you encounter a musician who has it together in so many ways, yet has largely managed to avoid national recognition. Saxophonist John Wojciechowski is one such player.

While those with strong enough memories might recall that the Michigan-bred Wojciechowski took third place--behind Jon Gordon and Jimmy Greene--at the 1996 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Geof Bradfield: Our Roots

Read "Our Roots" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Without the blues, there would be no jazz, and arguably, no rock-and-roll. Think about it, if there were no rock-and-roll, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who stole every American blues lick they could find in the 1960s, would have had to get real jobs.

Jazz musicians suffer no illusions that their music wasn't born ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nick Mazzarella Trio: Ultraviolet

Read "Ultraviolet" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Nick Mazzarella's first trio recording Aviary in 2009, clocked in at just 30 minutes. Although brief, the compelling force of the saxophonist's presence signaled a new unblemished voice in jazz. He has gone on to become a strong presence in the Chicago jazz scene, performing with Ken Vandermark (Audio One & Chicago Reed Quartet), Rob Mazurek (Exploding ...