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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. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JAZZTOPAD 2018

Read "JAZZTOPAD 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazztopad Festival
Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music
National Forum of Music, Club Mleczarnia
November 21-25, 2018

Jazztopad is the annual Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw, a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, has character, lots of peculiar neighborhoods, populated by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jamie Baum Septet: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Far from prolific, Jamie Baum has recorded just four albums in the past decade. However, each recording has clearly been created because the flutist was inspired to contribute something new. Bridges is presented as six songs separated equally by the three part “Honoring Nepal: The Shiva Suite." This almost cinematic 20-minute centerpiece composition is an expansive ...

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

On Mother’s Day, Meg Okura, who converted to Judaism four years ago, will release Ima Ima, featuring trumpeter Tom Harrell and guitarist Rez Abbasi. Ima Ima (mom in Hebrew and now in Japanese) will be her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble's fourth album, showcasing extensive works composed since her pregnancy, for 10-piece chamber jazz ensemble. She ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Holman: The Tenth Muse

Read "The Tenth Muse" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

New York City-based trumpeter and composer Matt Holman cut his teeth performing and recording with distinguished musicians such as Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society before displaying his personal aesthetic of atmospheric chamber jazz with his debut album When Flooded in 2013. More recently, Holman found inspiration scouring the annals of history, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dan Blake: The Digging

Read "The Digging" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Saxophonist Dan Blake is one of those musicians who are always on a quest to expand their musical horizons, to assimilate into his music any and all of his life experiences, musical or not. As both a player and a composer, Blake demonstrates an intensity coupled with a very fertile and searching mind. Aside from his ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Red Piano Records To Release The Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: "Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares"

Red Piano Records To Release The Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: "Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares"

RED PIANO RECORDS TO RELEASE
THE FRANK CARLBERG LARGE ENSEMBLE:
Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares
Available February 10, 2017 The Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble is: Kirk Knuffke, John Carlson, Dave Smith, Jonathan Powell- trumpets; Alan Ferber, Brian Drye, Chris Washburn, Max Seeigel- trombones; John O'Gallagher, Jeremy Udden, Sam Sadigursky, Adam Kolker, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sam Sadigursky: Follow The Stick

Read "Follow The Stick" reviewed by Budd Kopman

After spending nearly ten years with the four Words Project albums (see here, here and here for three of them), reedman and multi-instrumentalist Sam Sadigursky has decided to concentrate on clarinet, returning to purely instrumental music with Follow The Stick.

Starting initially with a trio comprised of pianist Bobby Avey (who work with Dave ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richard Nant / Alan Plachta: Un Viaje

Read "Un Viaje" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Things are happening right now in Argentina. There is a jazz scene that just seems to keep on growing and growing. Fortunately, international collaboration has also started to happen and Argentinian musicians are travelling around the world to share their special take on the jazz tradition. For instance, cutting edge pianist Paula Shocron has recently been ...