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Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra: Puertos: Music From International Waters

Read "Puertos: Music From International Waters" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Tango music was born in the late nineteenth century in the ports along the shore of the Rio de la Plata which flows to the ocean along the border between Argentina and Uruguay. A sound of the poorer locales, it was a melting-pot music, drawing from European, Native American, Spanish-Cuban, African and Argentinian folk music influences. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

On Mother’s Day, Meg Okura, who converted to Judaism four years ago, will release Ima Ima, featuring trumpeter Tom Harrell and guitarist Rez Abbasi. Ima Ima (mom in Hebrew and now in Japanese) will be her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble's fourth album, showcasing extensive works composed since her pregnancy, for 10-piece chamber jazz ensemble. She ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Emilio Solla: Tributango

Read "Tributango" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

There's nothing quite so romantic and life-affirming, in its exuberantly dance-able way, than the tango. It's a sensuous, sinuous sound that bubbled up from the streets of Argentina where bandoneonist/composer Astor Piazzolla found it, and refined it and took it to the concert halls. And in the tradition of all great music, assimilations occur, hand-offs to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito

Read "Azul Infinito" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo i due interessanti lavori realizzati con questo gruppo (Music Is Emotion, Alternate Side 2013 e Into the Zone, Greenleaf Music 2014) Ryan Keberle firma oggi il suo album più riuscito in veste di leader. L'organico è quasi lo stesso del precedente ma uno degli ospiti -la cantante Camila Meza-è entrata nella formazione in pianta stabile, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito

Read "Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While the blues is a distinctly American creation, formed, fueled, and furthered by the African diaspora, the United States holds no ownership on blue-streaked sounds. They exist beyond our borders, and Azul Infinito makes that case in artful fashion by simultaneously tapping into various South American musical forms and cultures, reshaping them, and highlighting the color ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Winners 2015 - Jazz

Grammy Winners 2015 - Jazz

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo The Eye Of The Hurricane
Kenny Barron, soloist
Track from: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio (Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio)
Label: Whaling City Sound Fingerprints
Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio)
Label: Concord Jazz You & The Night & ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2014

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2014" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How does an album end up on this list? It really comes down to two things: strength on impact and staying power. Some records hit hard from the start, ultimately losing power with play after play. Other records come on gently, growing on the ear and the mind over time. But it's the truly rare one ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Nominees 2015 - Jazz

Grammy Nominees 2015 - Jazz

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo The Eye Of The Hurricane
Kenny Barron, soloist
Track from: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio (Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio)
Label: Whaling City Sound Fingerprints
Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio)
Label: Concord Jazz You & The Night & ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

Read "Second Half" reviewed by Edward Blanco

What do you get when you blend a bit of Tango, Jazz, Latin and some chamber music? The answer? Pianist Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn nine-piece orchestra delivering their Second Half album of World fusion music that is quite enticing. The album is the culmination of several years performing this particular ensemble in some ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

Read "Second Half" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Argentine-born pianist {Emilio Solla has moved around the globe a bit to find perfection in his art: studies in the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, then to New York for more immersion at the Aaron Copland School of Music, and a move to Barcelona, Spain, where he recorded the marvelous Suite Piazzollana (Fresh sound ...