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Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar’s

Read "Live at Nectar’s" reviewed by Joe Gatto

A cool thing about music is that when you follow a band for a long time, you eventually get turned on to the music that influenced them. You get to hear all kinds of exciting new music, and start digging deep, going down groovy rabbit holes to discover great musicians you might not find on your ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Monette Sudler Sextet: The Philadelphia Realbook Project

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Monnette Sudler Sextet
Terra Hall, University of the Arts
Jazz Bridge: The Philadelphia Real Book Project
Philadelphia, PA
April 28, 2017

Monnette Sudler is a lauded Philadelphia-based guitarist with all the technique and finesse you could ask for, but she also has a way of moving around the strings ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris

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Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris
Iridium
New York, NY
March 10, 2017

Lovers of fine guitar playing are aware of the monstrous chops of Gil Parris, the jazz, blues and rock master who has been called “one of guitardom's unsung heroes." How can it be that a virtuoso who's been nominated for a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bob Freedman on Grover Washington, Jr.: Aria

Bob Freedman on Grover Washington, Jr.: Aria

Last week I caught up with saxophonist and pianist Bob Freedman, who arranged for Maynard Ferguson (And We Listened from Ferguson's Message From Newport) and plenty of other bands, including Toshiko Akiyoshi's sextet on United Notions (1958), which I posted about last Wednesday. Bob told me a wonderful story about arranging for Grover Washington Jr.'s Aria ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ RACONTEURS

Todd Barkan: Early days of Keystone Korner

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In the summer of 1972, at the age of 25, I was working by day as a Customs Broker for the venerable jny: San Francisco firm of Hoyt, Shepston & Sciaroni, and by night as a jazz pianist and arranger for an Afro Cuban jazz band called Kwane and the Kwandito's, which played a lot of ...

Avataar: Petal

Read "Petal" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

While growing up in the Northern Ontario mining town of Sunbury, he was known as “Sam." But in his early twenties, Sundar Viswanathan reconnected with his Indian name and heritage, and, through several conservatory courses spanning North Indian classical to Turkish maquam music, dove deeply into his Indian musical roots as a saxophonist and composer.

India to Italy, Brazil to Slovenia–Where WON'T Jazz Go?

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Avataar
Petal
Self-Produced
2016

While growing up in the Northern Ontario mining town of Sunbury, he was known as “Sam." But in his early twenties, Sundar Viswanathan reconnected with his Indian name and heritage, and, through several conservatory courses spanning North Indian classical to Turkish maquam music, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Steven Wilson at Theatre St-Denis

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Steven Wilson
Théâtre St-Denis
Montréal, Canada
March 2, 2016

Perhaps one of the biggest signs of multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson's continued upward trajectory is this: less than nine months after selling out two nights at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2015, he brought his top- drawer band back to Montreal ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Orrin Evans: The Evolution Of Oneself

Read "The Evolution Of Oneself" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Simply put, if there was no Philadelphia sound, there would be no Orrin Evans. The pianist, hailing from The City of Brotherly Love, finds plenty of Philly passion on this busy trio recording, his 25th as a leader or co-leader. Here he teams up with Detroit drummer and former roommate (back in the day) Karriem Riggins, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Duane Eubanks Quintet at Blues Alley

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Duane Eubanks
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
July 15, 2015

Duane Eubanks has been fighting to establish a noteworthy identity as a jazz trumpeter for years. One, he's had to dwell in the shadow of his more well-known brothers, Duane and Robin, as well as hustling in the often rough-and-tumble New York ...