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Szun Waves: New Hymn To Freedom

Read "New Hymn To Freedom" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Pythagoras had this notion that the Sun, Moon and planets all emit their own unique hum. Put simply, as these orbs travel through space they produce certain sound waves. Ever wondered what that might actually sound like? Wonder no more, for this second album from vanguard jazz trio Szun Waves is surely what Pythagoras had in ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Geno Thackara

My second year playing in the All About Jazz sandbox has been even more packed with great times and great musical discoveries than the first. I had the pleasure of reviewing plenty of terrific recordings just as strong or highly-rated as those on this list, not to mention some superb live shows, but these were the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Portico Quartet: Art in the Age of Automation

Read "Art in the Age of Automation" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's an inevitable rule that pretty much any piece of automated technology, especially digital technology, gets criticized for replacing something natural. The synthesizer invited a backlash when it was used (and yes, often misused) as a substitute for 'real' instruments--ditto the computerized tones and robotic timekeeping of MIDI and digital programming. Nonetheless, it's just as inevitable ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017: July 3-4

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017: July 3-4" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-4, 2017

July 3-4 | July 5-6 | July 7-8

It is a pleasure to be back in Montreal for what many have called “the best jazz festival in the world" (saxophonist Joshua Redman said so last night on ...

Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House

Read "Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House" reviewed by John Kelman

At a 2009 ECM @ 40 celebration in Mannheim, Germany that was part of the ongoing Enjoy Jazz Festival, Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava spoke, in a public interview, about how free jazz, back in the day, wasn't really free. There were rules: no time and/or no changes, for example; with memorable melodies not impossible, but not ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mammal Hands: Animalia

Read "Animalia" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

When is a trio with a piano not a piano trio? British outfit Mammal Hands offers one answer to that conundrum with debut album Animalia, released on Gondwana Records, the label run by discerning trumpeter and producer Matthew Halsall. Actually, given the varied nature of the tunes on display--co-written by the band members--it offers eight answers. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzahead! 2014

Read "Jazzahead! 2014" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazzahead! 2014
Bremen, Germany
April 24-27, 2014

It's hard to imagine, with diminishing music sales, the emergence of streaming services as the musical version of the antichrist for musicians and the increasing challenge of putting rear ends into seats at North American jazz festivals, but as it heads into its ninth year, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
Various Venues
Cork
Ireland
October 25-28, 2013

Whether it was chance or fate is debatable but the fact is that had it not been for a cancelled bridge tournament the first Cork Jazz Festival might never have got off the ground. The 35th Guinness Cork Jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012" reviewed by Ian Patterson

9th Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Hotel
Penang, Malaysia
November 29--December 2, 2012

From pickup at the airport at 10.30pm to personal send-off five days later at 4.00am, Paul Augustin, the Director of the Penang Island Jazz Festival, is what you could call the perfect host. It's this personal touch--instilled in the festival staff's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enjoy Jazz Festival: Heidelberg / Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, Germany, October 30-November 7, 2012

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival: Heidelberg / Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, Germany, October 30-November 7, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

2012 Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 30-November 7, 2012
After a week in northern Sweden covering the 2012 Umeå Jazz Festival--where the were days shortening and the temperature dropping--moving south to Heidelberg, Germany was a welcome respite from the oncoming onslaught of winter that's also approaching back home in Canada. For this year's coverage of ...