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ARTICLE: RADIO

The Empress of the Blues

Read "The Empress of the Blues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast opens with a celebration of the music of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, in honor of her birthday, with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalists Emma Larsson, Marc Jordan, Joanna Wallfisch and Claire Martin, plus more birthday shout outs to Dusty Springfield and Carline Ray (member of the International Sweethearts of ...

André Carvalho: The Garden Of Earthly Delights

Read "The Garden Of Earthly Delights" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This third album from Portuguese bassist André Carvalho is a study in contrasts. Inspired by the work of artist Hieronymus Bosch—his style in general and, of course, the titular painting—Carvalho set about composing a long-form work reflecting the range and balance of character(s) endemic to the mysterious Dutch painter's creations. This stunning suite is the result. ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Jazz Quanta Vocals: Carol Bach-y-Rita, Sara Serpa, Alyssa Allgood, Gina Sicilia, Ilse Huizinga

Read "Jazz Quanta Vocals: Carol Bach-y-Rita, Sara Serpa, Alyssa Allgood, Gina Sicilia, Ilse Huizinga" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Carol Bach-y-Rita
minha casa / my house
Self Produced
2016

Polyglot exotic Carol Bach-y-Rita released her conspicuous debut, What Love Is in 2009. Since then, she has kept busy performing, taking her sweet time in developing her new project, the self-produced Minha Casa / My House. Her selected ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Robert Bush Best of 2014

Read "Robert Bush Best of 2014" reviewed by Robert Bush

2014 proved a banner year for jazz recordings. Still, two of my favorite discs this year came in the form of previously unreleased material--the Jarrett Trio and Coltrane Quintet cannot be overlooked, in my opinion.

Wadada Leo Smith
The Great Lakes Suites
(Tum Records)

Keith Jarrett, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sara Serpa & André Matos: Primavera

Read "Primavera" reviewed by Robert Bush

Although there are (mostly) just two musicians on Primavera, the first recorded collaboration between Portuguese songbird Sara Serpa and guitarist Andre Matos--one couldn't ask for a more sonically lustrous offering. That's partially due to the result of judiciously applied multitracking, and to the intricate melodic sense of both musicians. There is nary an extra note or ...

Sara Serpa & André Matos: Primavera

Read "Primavera" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A little bit of magic is evident in the recording Primavera by the Portuguese-born-now-New Yorkers Sara Serpa and André Matos. Not magic as in sleight of hand or illusion, but magical as in enchanting and, indeed, spellbinding. The musical pair, also wife and husband, created this duo recording with the help of some of their own ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sara Serpa: A Musical Journey

Read "Sara Serpa: A Musical Journey" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Vocalist and composer Sara Serpa is one of the most original and innovative musicians to emerge since the turn of the century. She has already made an indelible mark on the modern music scene in the span of a mere four years. Her unique style of vocalese allows her to utilize the full range of her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sara Serpa: Mobile

Read "Mobile" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Portuguese singer Sara Serpa is what is produced when the talents of Gretchen Parlato, Simin Tander and Tierney Sutton coalesce. Her voice is light and elastic, sporting a fierce intellect. Couple this with a vision/sense of humor of a Nicholas Urie and the result is a radioactive type of 21st Century Beat Poetry. Like Urie and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andre Matos: Quare

Read "Quare" reviewed by Nic Jones

Quare is Portuguese-born/New York-resident guitarist André Matos' third album as a leader, and his first for saxophonist Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label. The label might be the guitarist's natural musical home, as he offers a variation on the theme of the tradition every bit as singular as Osby's; this album could have been yet another ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Guitarist Andre Matos Interviewed at AAJ

Guitarist Andre Matos Interviewed at AAJ

There is no doubt that Andre Matos has chops to burn. Placed firmly in the tradition of John Abercrombie and Pat Martino, with a bit of Sonny Sharrock at moments, a lot of Berklee (College of Music) influence is readily apparent, but with a bit of headiness that also reflects the guitarist's time at the New ...