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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Russ Johnson: The Headlands Suite

Read "The Headlands Suite" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One thing's certain when you listen to a Russ Johnson record: you're going to hear music made with care and craft. Johnson is a discerning composer and trumpeter, and he has a special talent for producing thoughtful compositions that possess enough fluidity and creativity to remain fresh even after repeated encounters. He's also adept at drawing ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Bill Frisell: A Portrait

Read "Bill Frisell: A Portrait" reviewed by John Kelman

Bill Frisell Bill Frisell: A Portrait A Film by Emma Franz2017 Not long after the film Bill Frisell: A Portrait begins to roll, Bonnie Raitt--one of the many high profile names that lend their thoughts about one of the most influential guitarists and composers of the past forty years to ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Adam Schneit

Read "Take Five with Adam Schneit" reviewed by Adam Schneit

Meet Adam Schneit: Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Adam Schneit grew up in Portland, Maine, and has made Brooklyn his home since 2006. He earned a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with esteemed artists including Steve Lacy and Bob Brookmeyer. Since moving to New York, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kris Davis: Duopoly

Read "Duopoly" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Query: when does improvised music appear more arranged than written compositions? The question is not a zen koan, it is the notion put forth by the sixteen duets performed by pianist Kris Davis and her eight collaborating partners. Davis, who can no longer be labeled a “rising star" of jazz and improvised piano, is a fully ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joel Harrison 5: Spirit House

Read "Spirit House" reviewed by Troy Collins

Throughout his storied career, Washington DC-born guitarist Joel Harrison has demonstrated an interest in a wide range of musical styles. Since his leadership debut in the mid-1990s, Harrison has explored an array of genres, from pan-global collaborations with North Indian classical musicians to radical rearrangements of Appalachian folk tunes. Spirit House, the premiere of his most ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Bill Frisell: This Land

Read "Bill Frisell: This Land" reviewed by John Kelman

Bill Frisell This Land Elektra Nonesuch 1994 Today's Rediscovery? This Land, guitarist Bill Frisell's landmark 1994 album with Don Byron, Curtis Fowlkes, Billy Drewes, Kermit Driscoll & Joey Baron. Coming on the heels of 1993's eclectic covers record Have a Little Faith (Elektra Nonesuch), This Land is as much about ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014, Days 4-6

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014, Days 4-6" reviewed by John Kelman

Days 1-2 | Days 4-6 | Days 7- 9 Tedeschi Trucks Band Bill Frisell Guitar in the Space Age! Julian Lage & Nels Cline / Bill Frisell Go West TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 20-July 1, 2014 While not necessarily an intentional decision, the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joel Harrison 5 at Gigspace Performance Studio

Read "Joel Harrison 5 at Gigspace Performance Studio" reviewed by John Kelman

Joel Harrison 5 Gigspace Performance Studio Ottawa, Canada March 1, 2014 Tucked at the end of a small strip mall in an unlikely location, Gigspace Performance Studio has, since opening in the fall of 2011, garnered a reputation as an intimate performance space where magic often happens. A not-for-profit 46-seat venue, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dan Willis and Velvet Gentlemen: The Satie Project II

Read "Dan Willis and Velvet Gentlemen: The Satie Project II" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The music of Eric Satie may well be some of the most malleable and adaptable works ever composed. This could be partly due to the fact that Satie himself stood well outside of the musical mainstream of his time, thus his compositions are comparatively unencumbered by the stylistic baggage of his era. Satie was avant-garde before ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

John Hollenbeck: profilo di artista

Read "John Hollenbeck: profilo di artista" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Lo scorso mese di agosto il 61° critics poll di Down Beat ha votato John Hollenbeck al primo posto tra gli arrangiatori emergenti, riproponendo valutazioni già espresse in passato (Rising Star Arranger nel 2012 e Rising Star Big Band nel 2011). È il doveroso riconoscimento a uno degli artisti più originali del jazz statunitense ma non ...


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