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Michael Musillami Trio + 2: Life Anthem

Read "Life Anthem" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

One day in June 2016, guitarist Michael Musillami woke up with a massive headache. Tests soon revealed that he had a brain hemorrhage and also an unrelated brain tumour. He slowly recovered from his illnesses and is now in good health. Life Anthem is his musical testament to his ordeal, realized in this recording by his ...

Michael Musillami: Life Anthem

Read "Life Anthem" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Guitarist Michael Musillami has been making music with his MM Trio since 2002, when he first teamed up with bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller for Beijing (Playscape, 2003). Subsequent albums, all for the Playscape label Musillami founded and continues to run, have sometimes involved just the trio, while others have brought in guests--standout players ...

Kirk Knuffke/Ben Goldberg: Uncompahgre

Read "Uncompahgre" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Two of the most in-demand horn players in the current creative music scene, cornetist Kirk Knuffke and clarinetist Ben Goldberg delight in making music that combines a deep respect for the history of jazz with an unmistakable spirit of adventure and risk. Both are seasoned veterans with nothing to prove, and they can do it all, ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

And what a year it was. With all hurricanes, raging fires, and end-of-the-world politics, we were fortunate to have the magical salve that is music. Complied here are my favorite releases of this past year. I tried to pare down a long list of 50 to 10, but it was impossible. The music you see below ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us

Read "Cities Between Us" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Continua a muoversi nel solco della tradizione -tra Peggy Lee e Chris Connor-la giovane cantante e autrice newyorchese, diplomata al New England Conservatory. Dopo il debutto del 2014 (Lonely City, SteepleChase) in questo secondo disco Allegra cambia organico e clima espressivo.
Tra i nuovi partner spiccano Kirk Knuffke alla cornetta, Jay Anderson al contrabbasso ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 1-2

Read "Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 1-2" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Part 1 | Part 2

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 18-19, 2017

When mid-October rolls around, many fans of avant-garde jazz and creative music prepare to converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan for their annual pilgrimage to the Kerrytown Concert House, home of the Edgefest festival. Now in its ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares

Read "Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il “pianeta" Monk è stato talmente esplorato negli ultimi decenni che è difficile attendersi qualcosa d'originalmente significativo. Con quest'album orchestrale --la dimensione meno usata nelle revisitazioni del songbook monkiano -il pianista e compositore Frank Carlberg c'è però riuscito: anche se ogni brano s'ispira a un tema di Thelonious, l'elaborazione è personale e non deve stupire se ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

DE3 (Duane Eubanks, Eric McPherson, Dezron Douglas): Live at Maxwell's

Read "Live at Maxwell's" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Il trio DE3 (Eubanks-Douglas-McPherson) è toccato dalla grazia in questa incisione dal vivo al Maxwell's di New York.

Già la formula di tromba-contrabbasso-batteria è piuttosto rara, vengono in mente al volo Roy Campbell e Kirk Knuffke, ma è la lingua comune fra i tre che si sprigiona già nell'esordio di “Brainfreeze" a catturare ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Internationales Jazz Festival Münster 2017

Read "Internationales Jazz Festival Münster 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Theater Münster
Münster, Germany
Internationales Jazz Festival 2017
January 6-8, 2017

Münster, city of 300,000 inhabitants, situated in the northern part of German state North Rhine-Westphalia, with 18 million inhabitants the most populous state of Germany, has an ambitious biannual jazz festival now in its 27th year. The northern part of ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

2016: An Ivo Perelman Marathon

Read "2016: An Ivo Perelman Marathon" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The original marathoner, Pheidippides in 490 BC, is believed to have run from Marathon, where a battle was being fought, to Athens to inform an assembly that the Persians had been defeated. It certainly was quite the achievement, taking into account the sorry state of footwear at the time and lack of prepackaged gels and energy ...