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James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by John Sharpe

An UnRuly Manifesto feels like the album tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis has been working towards since his relocation to New York in 2012. His quintet's standout set at the 2019 Vision Festival was based around this program, no surprise given that this is such a formidable disc. Lewis retains the services of bassist Luke Stewart ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival

Read "New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

Although Europe has a plethora of creative improvised music festivals throughout the year, drawing on a large audience base of appreciative fans, one festival in the USA stands out as the beacon of hope and encouragement for this music in its native land. Now in its 24th year, New York's Vision Festival, presented by Arts for ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones

Read "Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Possibly, more than any other instrument, the saxophone defines the sound of jazz. Most jazz combos have at least one saxophonist on the front—and when you see that saxophone, you know it's going to be doing a LOT of soloing, even if the bandleader or composer plays another instrument. But what happens to the shape and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Welcome: Beyond All Things

Read "Beyond All Things" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Stephen Gauci has begun to document some of the weekly concerts he curates at the Bushwick Public House in Brooklyn, New York. Although brief, this session of a single, 29-minute track packs a satisfying punch to the solar plexus. Led by guitarist Chris Welcome (of the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, David McDonnell Group and Weasel Walter), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

James Brandon Lewis has been climbing the current jazz pantheon for a good while now. This deserving project should elevate the 36-year old tenor saxophonist from Buffalo even higher in the ranks.

Backed by the usual collaborators in his touring trio (drummer Warren Trae Crudup III, bassist Luke Stewart) and a pair of familiar ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Jaimie Branch

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Jaimie Branch

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring trumpeter Jaimie Branch, who will be making her St. Louis debut in a concert with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg to be presented by New Music Circle on Saturday, February 9 at The Stage at KDHX. Branch, who's 34 years old, grew up in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

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Jaimie Branch's debut album Fly or Die immediately put her on the map as a gifted trumpeter and composer who brings together groove, melody and experiment. Fly or Die appeared in the top 10 best albums of the year in the Downbeat Critics Poll.

For her eponymous band Fly or Die, Jaimie Branch selected ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection

Read "Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 17-20, 2018

This year, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Edgefest Festival turned to Chicago for inspiration. An astonishing array of talented musicians, most with roots in Chicago's storied past or its vibrant present, made appearances at the Kerrytown Concert House for four days of exceptional music that could generally ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Saalfelden Jazz Festival, 2018

Read "Saalfelden Jazz Festival, 2018" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Jazz Festival SaalfeldenJazzfestival Saalfelden 2018
Saalfelden, Austria
Casa del Jazz
23-26.08.2018

Il Jazzfestival di Saalfelden garantisce di solito un combinato efficace di musica avventurosa, inedita, ed esibizioni invece legate a nomi “sicuri," sempre di gran qualità. Quest'anno la formula si è rivelata meno felice del solito, pur contando su un ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hearts & Minds: Electroradiance

Read "Electroradiance" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It took millions and millions of years of evolution to produce dinosaurs that weighed 40 tons. Who'd have thunk it possible that those creatures are the ancestors of modern birds? Same consideration might be applied to the trio Heart & Minds. That is, if you're not into the whole creationist jazz scene. Some of those dinosaurs ...