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Somi: Petite Afrique

Read "Petite Afrique" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Somi's debut on the Okeh imprint--The Lagos Music Salon (Okeh, 2014)--pulled no punches. It tackled tough topics within an African framework, bringing hard truths to bear in soulful fashion. This follow-up is equally impactful, but it shifts focus stateside, eyeing the titular Harlem neighborhood that Somi calls home now.

In addressing life along ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Big Ears Festival 2017

Read "Big Ears Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Big Ears Festival
Knoxville, TN
March 23-26, 2017

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival expanded to a full four days this year, giving it more time to go its expected merry, eclectic way. In a break with usual practice, there was no official Composer in Residence. That distinction could have gone to Gavin Bryars ...

Stephan Crump: Stephan Crump's Rhombal

Read "Stephan Crump's Rhombal" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Il nome di Stephan Crump viene in genere associato al jazz della scena recente, specie per la sua militanza nel trio del pianista Vijay Iyer. In realtà il bassista di Memphis vive a Brooklyn da oltre vent'anni e può vantare il curriculum di un veterano. Ha firmato da leader una decina di dischi, ha studiato ad ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Pi Recordings 2016 Releases

Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the 15 years of its existence, Pi Recordings has been the home of musical innovators both established and up and coming. Its catalogue includes works by such legends as composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and other members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The imprint is also ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Myra Melford "Snowy Egret" Al Torrione Jazz Club Di Ferrara

Read "Myra Melford "Snowy Egret" Al Torrione Jazz Club Di Ferrara" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Myra Melford's “Snowy Egret"
Bologna Jazz Festival
Torrione Jazz Club
Ferrara
31.20.2016

La ricca programmazione al Torrione di Ferrara, iniziata il 7 ottobre con il trio di Harold Mabern, si protrae con varietà di proposte fino a concludersi il 23 dicembre con Karima & Dado Moroni trio, prima di concedersi ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Damión Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond

Read "Damión Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond" reviewed by K. Shackelford

International drummer Damión Reid has crafted a style that is inimitable without sacrificing the ardor of modern jazz and its traditional stylistic approaches to drumming. Listening to Reid is like a history lesson on the drum--he can play everything with artful dexterity from Be-Bop to Hip Hop.

Adrian Kirchler, owner of AK drums, was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Read "Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance" reviewed by Asher Wolf

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Philadelphia Art Alliance
Ars Nova Workshop
Philadelphia, PA
May 13, 2016

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom plays jazz, but the woman herself is hardly a jazz drummer. Though she can swing and improvise like nobody's business, Miller seems equally at home with the grooves of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Liberty Ellman: Radiate

Read "Radiate" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Ascoltando Radiate si coglie immediatamente la comunanza linguistica che stringe quel manipolo di musicisti abituati ad incidere per la PI, forse la migliore etichetta odierna di jazz contemporaneo.

Si percepiscono i medesimi studi giovanili, i medesimi sviluppi creativi, quella telepatia esecutiva che rende interessante una performance jazzistica. Anche quando la prima impressione è ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A theme for this year's list? How about “Jazz Unbound?" I initially planned on placing my picks into different categories, as I've often done in the past. But I thought better of it. The releases that caught my ear in 2015 cover the entire spectrum of possibility--winning straight-ahead outings, audacious affairs, dynamic debuts, intimate encounters, stellar ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz&Wine of Peace 2015

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace 2015" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Jazz&Wine of Peace Festival
Cormons, Collio, Nova Gorica, Goriška Brda
22-25.10.2015

Diciottesima edizione del festival friulano, come gli ultimi anni ampiamente disseminato nel territorio circostante, per cantine, ville e chiese, non solo in territorio italiano ma anche nell'adiacente Brda slovena.

Dopo alcuni prologhi, il più importante dei quali ...


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