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Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

Read "Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Avram Fefer Quartet: Testament

Read "Testament" reviewed by Mark Corroto

After a blindfold listening test, maybe the greatest compliment you can give Testament is to guess the leader's name to be drummer Chad Taylor, or maybe bassist Eric Revis, guitarist Marc Ribot or saxophonist Avram Fefer himself. This misapprehension is attributed to the equal footing each of the four musicians is given on the recording. Partly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019

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Cankarjev Dom
Jazz Festival Ljubljana
Ljubljana
June 18-22, 2019

Ljubljana—capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of the EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy—hosts a now six decades old jazz festival. The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana opposite the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Mazurek: Desert Encrypts Vol. 1

Read "Desert Encrypts Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It was twenty-five years ago, in 1994, that Rob Mazurek first emerged with Man Facing East (Hep Jazz), a quartet recording solidly positioned in the post/hard bop style. Even in the interpretations of standards, there were clues that the cornetist/composer was a restless soul. In the intervening years, Mazurek has rapidly charted his own dissident destiny ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nature Work: Nature Work

Read "Nature Work" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Stein and Greg Ward are two stalwart Chicago musicians who continually stretch boundaries and search for new experiences. Stein, a devotee of the bass clarinet, maintains two trios, Hearts & Minds (with Paul Giallorenzo and Chad Taylor) and Locksmith Isador (with Jason Roebke and Mike Pride), plus his quartet with Joshua Abrams, Keefe Jackson, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

A Pride Of Lions: A Pride Of Lions

Read "A Pride Of Lions" reviewed by John Sharpe

Beneath the banner A Pride Of Lions, three American and two French musicians join forces for a cohesive off-the-wall encounter. The outfit merits a name as it's not a one-off. This live recording was culled from a ten-date tour in early 2016, under the auspices of The Bridge, which allowed them to build trust and understanding. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Matana Roberts, the Organ in Jazz, and New Releases

Read "Matana Roberts, the Organ in Jazz, and New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a focus on Matana Roberts, a preview of the new album from Dave Douglas, other new releases and a focus on the organ, Hammond and otherwise, in jazz.

Playlist Dave Douglas “Showing Up" from Engage (Greenleaf) 00:00 Chicago Edge Ensemble “A Pontificators Tale" from Insidious Anthem (Trost) 08:31 Matana Roberts, Josh Abrams, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The revolution will not be televised. Those words by Gil Scott-Heron from 1970 are more relevant to today's jazz revolution than any time since the mid-1990s, when conservatively-dressed youngsters mimicked the post-bop of the 1960s and were promoted as liberators. More recently, the touted saviors rehash a quasi-spiritual fusion that stands in for à la mode ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Articles: 2018

Read "Most Read Articles: 2018" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our most popular in 2018.

Interviews
Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 16, 2018

History of Jazz
Monk's Trumpets
by Matt ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il Meglio Del 2018 Secondo Giuseppe Segala

Read "Il Meglio Del 2018 Secondo Giuseppe Segala" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La produzione del 2018 è stata copiosa e alcuni grandi protagonisti, come Henry Threadgill e Steve Coleman, hanno pubblicato documenti significativi della propria attività. Ha fatto giustamente scalpore il ritrovamento delle registrazioni di John Coltrane, pubblicate con il titolo Both Directions at Once, che aggiungono motivi di riflessione e piacere a chi non si stanca di ...