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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

Lauren Lee: On Being Uncool

Read "Lauren Lee: On Being Uncool" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Lauren Lee is one of a new breed of singer-songwriter. She has all the bona fides of a traditional jazz singer and pianist, but she needs to do things her own way. As a singer and composer, she gives her imprimatur to cross-cultural experimentation and off-the-beaten-track forms of vocal expression, never straying far from the post-bop ...

Laura Campisi: Double Mirror

Read "Double Mirror" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Contemporary jazz vocalists tend to fall into two camps, those who follow the jazz singer tradition of Ella, Billie, Sarah and the other icons and those who experiment with their sound and repertoire. The latter group includes people like Elizabeth Shepherd, Katie Bull and Rebecca Martin. Laura Campisi is another name you can add to that ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, And Improvisation

Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, And Improvisation

NEWS RELEASE from Circavision Productions Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, and Improvisation New Trio and Quintet EPs Convey a Prismatic Vision With two new EPs, percussionist/composer Brian Adler offers listeners beautiful and arrestingly original music via two formations of his newest project: Shankar. On Binary, he performs with the trio, featuring pianist Santiago Leibson, bassist Rob ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bojan Vuletić / Nate Wooley / Zeena Parkins / Vera Westera: Fugitive Beauté

Read "Fugitive Beauté" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On Fugitive Beauté, Serbian composer Bojan Vuletić wrote thirteen pieces inspired by the French poet/writer Charles Baudelaire who, among other accomplishments, is credited with coining the term “modernity" to describe the brief, transient nature of Parisian life during the period of industrialization in the nineteenth century. Baudelaire's poetry has inspired many musical adaptations in the forms ...

Camila Meza e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Camila Meza e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

All About Jazz Italia: Il tratto principale della mia musica.
Camila Meza: Emotivamente piena di colori, diversificata e in perenne sviluppo.

AAJI: La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me.
C.M. : Che siano al servizio della musica, con mente cuore e orecchie aperte, e pronti ad offrirsi ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Francesco Diodati e il Questionario di Proust

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All About Jazz Italia: Il tratto principale della mia musica.
Francesco Diodati: In continua evoluzione e trasformazione.

AAJ: La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me.
F.D.: La voglia di rischiare e mettersi in gioco. La propensione a suonare con gli altri, per la musica ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tyler Kaneshiro: Amber of the Moment

Read "Amber of the Moment" reviewed by Dave Wayne

First impressions mean everything. Amber of the Moment, trumpeter / composer Tyler Kaneshiro's debut album opens with a cloying cover of Bjork's “Who Is It." While nicely rendered, and suitably arranged, Kaneshiro's version plays it safe, replacing all of the oddness of the original with slick nu-jazz gloss. The cover of Bon Iver's “Holocene" fares better, ...

Sunny Kim and Ben Monder: The Shining Sea: Live at Olympus Hall

Read "The Shining Sea: Live at Olympus Hall" reviewed by Dave Wayne

People who know me know that I am not particularly interested in jazz vocals or straight-up renditions of jazz standards. One of my hobbies is playing the drums, and I am also not really motivated to listen to music without drums or some sort of percussion. So, I put off reviewing The Shining Sea: Live at ...

Paul Dietrich: We Always Get There

Read "We Always Get There" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Chicago based trumpeter and composer Paul Dietrich's debut album We Always Get There is a vibrant and explorative work of modern music that inhabits the border zone between the mainstream and the Avant-Garde. The record's intricately constructed originals, with dramatic ambiences, are provocative while remaining intensely melodic, simultaneously accessible and pleasantly challenging.

The intimate theme ...