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Dave Liebman: On the Corner Live!

Read "On the Corner Live!" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The idea is easy to dismiss at first glance. At a rough count, this seems like the 127th Miles Davis homage to come along since tribute recordings became a widespread thing. It took a long time for the original On the Corner (Columbia, 1972) to gain acceptance with its thick relentless jungle-funk and lack of conventional ...

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The Sound Of Progress: Lioness And Ellen Rowe

Read "The Sound Of Progress: Lioness And Ellen Rowe" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The voices of women who've been marginalized, demeaned, abused, and overlooked will no longer be silenced. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have pulled the curtains back on deplorable actions and practices that have run rampant in all corners of society, the jazz world being no exception. With scandals airing out hidden truths at the Berklee College ...

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Dave Liebman: On the Corner Live!

Read "On the Corner Live!" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

When the Miles Davis album On the Corner (Columbia, 1972) was released, Davis had already begun to engage in electronic instrumentation and jazz fusion with soon to be revered recordings: In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969), Bitch's Brew (Columbia, 1970) and Jack Johnson (Columbia, 1971). On the Corner, however, was so experimental and funky that it ...

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A Conversation with Violinist Meg Okura

Read "A Conversation with Violinist Meg Okura" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Meg Okura is a distinguished violinist/composer who has been decorated with several awards. Her latest album, Ima Ima, is a collection of well thought out and very well executed compositions that stem out of her role as a mother. Join Meg and I as we talk about composing, motherhood, David Bowie, and other somewhat related things. ...

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A Conversation with Drummer Jonathan Barber

Read "A Conversation with Drummer Jonathan Barber" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

On his debut album, Vision Ahead , Jonathan Barber delivers some very well executed original compositions. These songs have introspective origins and help shape the current path of his music group also called Vision Ahead. The album features pianist Taber Gable, guitarist Andrew Renfroe, saxophonist Godwin Louis, bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and vocalists Denise Renee and Sasha ...

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Greg Ward: Stomping Off From Greenwood

Read "Stomping Off From Greenwood" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

"Metropolis," the genre-shifting, stomping, opening track on alto saxophonist Greg Ward's acrobatic sophomore disc, introduces his electric jazz vision with a bristling and nervy rock 'n' roll verve. It's anchored by the sprawling kinetic energy of Chicago's tireless rhythm duo of drummer Quin Kirchner and bassist Matt Ulery, and the cutting clarity and dissonance of guitarists ...

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A Conversation with Trumpeter Gil Defay

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Gil Defay's new album, It's All Love draws from his background in jazz, soul, and hiphop to create a collection of rich and accessible tunes that are all crafted with a generous dose of love. Join me and Gil as we talk about Mariah Carey, growing up a preacher's son, playing all F's on the trumpet, ...

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Dezron Douglas: Black Lion

Read "Black Lion" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's striking, regal, moody, even a bit dangerous--and that's just the cover. Whatever statement Dezron Douglas is making with the name of this EP (also shared by the freshly formed sextet behind it), it's probably one with layers of meaning and history. As you might expect from someone versatile enough to be among jny: New York ...

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Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood

Read "Stomping Off From Greenwood" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

After a stint in New York, saxophonist Greg Ward was lured home to Chicago in 2016 by a project based on Charles Mingus's The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse! Records, 1963). Ward's new vision of this record was widely acclaimed, not least for its performance with a ballet company, as Mingus had desired.

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Eden Bareket Trio: Night

Read "Night" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There are plenty of rapid, skittering, minimalist moments on Night, young baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket's shadowy sophomore effort. In a smoky, late-night jam, with the moon hovering over the Brooklyn Bridge, Bareket runs the range of his instrument on eight lean and feisty originals and Matti Caspi's “Lost Melody."

Bareket's solos are dark, sonorous, ...