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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chicago Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Chicago Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
August 29-September 2, 2018

A Beginner's Guide to the Chicago Jazz Festival The Chicago Jazz Festival is a free event scheduled each Labor Day weekend and offering over fifty concerts in various outdoor venues. The 40th edition--running from August 29 to September 3, 2018--is now ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Black Diamond: Mandala

Read "Mandala" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

It's easy to see how Chicago quartet Black Diamond fit right into the sax / sax / bass / drums tradition in jazz. In fact, with the intricate and energetic compositions, speedy and flawless solos, and evocative song titles this group's first album Mandala almost feels like a passing of the torch from the likes of ...

Analog Son: Black Diamond

Read "Black Diamond" reviewed by Joe Gatto

Jordan Linit and Josh Fairman created Analog Son around a studio project involving the Shady Horns, Ryan Zoidis and Eric Bloom (Lettuce/Soulive), and Joe Tatton (New Mastersounds). Since conception the band has now recorded three records with 30 amazing musicians--their 2014 debut, Analog Son, and one of the best albums of 2015, Stomp & Shout. And ...

The Rippingtons: Black Diamond

Read "Black Diamond" reviewed by Dave Hughes

The Rippingtons has always been Russ Freeman's band: Freeman has always composed all the tunes, produced the records, and been featured prominently. It started as sort of a phantom group that was really Freeman and some studio pals, and developed into an actual touring ensemble. The band gradually assumed more of a group identity as long-time ...