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Denny Zeitlin: Wishing On The Moon

Read "Wishing On The Moon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The title of the final cut on this live date--"Signs & Wonders," written by David Friesen--truly homes in on the truth about this trio. For in gestures large and small, guideposts laid out by form and instinct, a time-strengthened sense of equilateral idealism, and an open-minded aesthetic, this outfit continually creates music to marvel at.

Edward Simon: Sorrows & Triumphs

Read "Sorrows & Triumphs" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This project by pianist Edward Simon blends together many diverse elements. The music combines classical formalism with jazz energy and is performed by a combination of Simon's jazz quartet, Afinidad, and the woodwind quintet, Imani Winds, with some guest musicians added in. The compositions themselves are movements of two separate suites written by Simon, “Sorrows And ...

Duduka Da Fonseca: Duduka Da Fonseca Trio Plays Dom Salvador

Read "Duduka Da Fonseca Trio Plays Dom Salvador" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It would be something of an understatement to say that the music of pianist Dom Salvador served as a formative influence for drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. As a teenage musician, Da Fonseca absorbed every phrase and nuance that drummer Edison Machado put to wax on Salvador's immortal Rio 65 Trio (Philips, 1965). That recording, and that ...

Adam Nussbaum: The Lead Belly Project

Read "The Lead Belly Project" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il noto batterista Adam Nussbaum guida un bel quartetto con il saxofonista Ohad Talmor e i due chitarristi Steve Cardenas e Nate Radley in un viaggio alla riscoperta delle melodie piane e semplici di Huddie William Ledbetter, meglio noto come Leadbelly o, se vogliamo aderire alla versione preferita da Nussbaum, Lead Belly. Un viaggio profumato ovviamente ...

Shamie Royston: Beautiful Liar

Read "Beautiful Liar" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Shamie Royston has played with Tia Fuller, Ralph Peterson, Sean Jones, and Terri Lynn Carrington, so her credentials are well up to spec, but the glamour-shot artwork and album title ("Beautiful Liar," at least to this writer, suggests a quiet-storm vibe) might lead one to assume that Royston's second date as a leader is an overly-polished ...

Edward Simon with Afinidad & Imani Winds: Sorrows & Triumphs

Read "Sorrows & Triumphs" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Edward Simon's sensitivity, eloquence, strength, and intelligence stand in full view throughout this gorgeous collection of material plucked from two different suites. “Sorrows and Triumphs," the older of the two, which draws inspiration from Simon's study of Buddhism, first surfaced in 2009. “House of Numbers," taking cues from numerology and weaving cross-cultural implications into its ...

Caroline Davis: Heart Tonic

Read "Heart Tonic" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Reared in Chicago where she attained her PhD in Music Cognition at prestigious Northwestern University, alto saxophonist / composer Caroline Davis recently migrated to New York, while nestling into its fertile jazz and improvisational environs. And while this vibrant quintet date is perhaps more conventional than some of her freer works, Davis' complex harmonic fabrications ring ...

Guilhem Flouzat: A Thing Called Joe

Read "A Thing Called Joe" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Due anni dopo l'album di sue composizioni originali Portraits (2015), Guilhem Flouzat propone ora una raccolta di standard dal titolo A Thing Called Joe, pubblicata dalla stessa etichetta newyorkese che aveva dato alle stampe il precedente lavoro, la Sunnyside Records. Se in Portraits il batterista, compositore e bandleader francese (da poco tornato a Parigi dopo anni ...

Alan Ferber Big Band: Jigsaw

Read "Jigsaw" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jigsaw mapped out by trombonist Alan Ferber's splendid New York City-based ensemble comprises a number of dissimilar pieces, drawn from a broad range of musical patterns, which makes its assemblage arduous yet ultimately rewarding. Ferber's sophisticated arrangements manifest a pensive, and at times ethereal, temper that is far removed from the realm of flag-wavers and ...

Dominique Eade: Town and Country

Read "Town and Country" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A sei anni dall'incisione di Whirpool (Jazz Project, 2012), Ran Blake e Dominique Eade ripropongolo la loro esplorazione piano/voce privilegiando l'attenzione dal Great American Songbook ai canti della tradizione popolare e di denuncia sociale. Com'è noto l'83enne Ran Blake è un decano del New England Conservatory di Boston, dove fondò con Gunther Schuller il Third Sream ...