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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

Read "Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for hard-to-find releases. Among the Japanese pressings ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

Read "Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

Yusef Lateef: The Doctor Is In ...And Out

Read "The Doctor Is In ...And Out" reviewed by Chris May

The soul-jazz albums Yusef Lateef recorded for Atlantic between 1967 and 1976, of which The Doctor Is In...And Out is the tenth and final release, may prove to be among his most enduring releases. That suggestion will not chime with the sentiments of many of Lateef's longtime fans, who who dismiss the Atlantics as sell-outs and ...

Steve Khan: Public Access / Headline / Crossings

Read "Public Access / Headline / Crossings" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a great couple of years for Steve Khan fans who are (relatively) new to the guitarist's work, especially his early releases, thanks to UK-based BGO Records. First, his '70s-era trio of fusion-centric LPs on Columbia Records, 1977's Tightrope, 1978's The Blue Man and 1979's Arrows, were remastered and reissued in a 2015 two-CD set, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hiromi: Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal

Read "Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Here's a good rule of thumb to consider when reviewing a jazz record and by that, I mean any jazz record. Jazz music is live music so if it sounds good in the studio will it sound even better on the stage? In other words, if you're willing to pay $50 for a ticket, you're probably ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Fahir Atakoglu: Istanbul Blues

Read "Fahir Atakoglu: Istanbul Blues" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The history of jazz has been one of fusion. Its musicians and composers have continually drawn upon a huge range of different musics to create the rich and diverse tapestry that is world jazz today. Jazz is an evolving tradition of music-making. And how often, in the life stories of individual jazz musicians, do we see ...

Steve Khan: Eyewitness Trilogy

Read "Steve Khan: Eyewitness Trilogy" reviewed by John Kelman

Emerging on the New York scene in the mid-1970s, guitarist Steve Khan didn't long at all to develop a strong reputation as both chameleon-like session guitarist--comfortably crossing over from the jazz world into pop and rock and gracing albums by artists ranging from Esther Phillips, Freddie Hubbard and David Sanborn to Phoebe Snow, Billy Joel and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Udin&Jazz 2015 - Argento Vivo

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Udin&Jazz
Corte Morpurgo e Castello
Udine
29.06-03.07.2015

Udin&Jazz ha tagliato quest'anno il ragguardevole traguardo del quarto di secolo con un programma, come negli anni più recenti, spalmato su circa un mese e sapientemente composto di artisti internazionali di primissimo piano (da Kurt Rosenwinkel a Chick Corea, da Ron Carter al ...

NEWS: EVENT

Wayne Krantz 2015 World Tour Announced!

Wayne Krantz 2015 World Tour Announced!

Known for his uncompromising musical vision, unique rhythms and deep reserves of soul, guitarist Wayne Krantz ventures beyond the guitar’s limitations to create an identifiably original style and sound. On the heels of a sold-out Ronnie Scott’s show in jny: London, Krantz sets to embark on his Good Piranha/Bad Piranha World tour, starting on February 11th ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Steve Khan: Eyewitness

Read "Steve Khan: Eyewitness" reviewed by John Kelman

Steve Khan
Eyewitness
Antilles
1981

Today's Rediscovery represented a significant turning point for an artist who'd already made a name for himself in the '70s as part of the scene that included The Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn and Mike Mainieri.

Guitarist Steve Khan, along with playing with many of the artists in ...