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Jeff Berlin: Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)

Read "Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)" reviewed by John Kelman

In the world of music, there are plenty of “could have beens," but far fewer “should have beens." Count Jeff Berlin amongst the latter. The American electric bassist first made a number of marks in the second half of the musically innovative 1970s on a series of '76 recordings by singers Patti Austin and Esther Phillips, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's European Debut of Pat Metheny Commission Highlights Uppsala International Guitar Festival

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14th Annual Uppsala International Guitar Festival
Uppsala, Sweden
October 11-15, 2017

While much if not most of this year's Uppsala International Guitar Festival-once again held in the music-friendly Konsert & Kongress building-was devoted guitarists and music emanating from the worlds of classical, Brazilian, Tango and Flamenco, other musical strains were ...

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Alfa Jazz Fest 2017

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Alfa Jazz Fest 2017
Lviv, Ukraine
June 23-27, 2017

Jazz festivals are different in Europe. There are more of them, and they are crucial to the economic viability, social solidarity and creative evolution of the jazz art form. Many European towns that host their own annual jazz events seem like ...

The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by John Kelman

As people age, it's not uncommon to commemorate birthday milestones--specifically, those marking the passing of decades--with special celebrations, ranging from parties to vacations. In most cases, however, these festivities are private events, restricted to family and friends.

Not Chick Corea.

When this renowned pianist/keyboardist, composer, bandleader and guest participant in countless projects ...

Chick Corea: The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nel 2011 Chick Corea ha festeggiato il suo settantesimo compleanno con una serie di concerti al Blue Note di New York, andati avanti per due mesi, con nuove e storiche formazioni della sua carriera. Un totale di dieci band--con la presenza, tra gli altri, di Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Bobby McFerrin, John Patitucci, Gary Burton, Wynton ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Mark Isham: Blue Sun

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Mark Isham
Blue Sun
Columbia Records
1995

Better-known, perhaps, for his work in the film arena as scorer for movies including 1986's The Hitcher, the 1992 reboot of Of Mice and Men and 1998's Blade, Mark Isham has, nevertheless, demonstrated his instrumental prowess as a trumpeter on albums including pianist Art Lande's Rubisa Patrol ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitar Virtuoso Gustavo Assis-Brasil Releases New Album - "Chromatic Dialogues"

Guitar Virtuoso Gustavo Assis-Brasil Releases New Album - "Chromatic Dialogues"

Much to the anticipation of guitarists worldwide, guitar virtuoso Gustavo Assis-Brasil has released a new album Chromatic Dialogues! The tracks were conceived and recorded in jny: Boston, jny: Los Angeles, and jny: Pittsburgh during the Fall of 2015, and brought to Grammy winner engineer Dave Darlington for mixing and mastering at Bass Hit Studios, jny: New York City, in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2016

In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all:

swing
blues
soul
improvisation
latin
gospel
R 'n' B
crossroads
silence
groove
world ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steve Smith: Drummer For All Seasons

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Drummer Steve Smith has traced the history of jazz drumming--pretty much most of American music drumming--in his storied career that has seen him drive big bands, small jazz combos, and fiery fusion groups, including tenures with Jean Luc Ponty and the rock band Journey.

Though sometimes--as in the case of jazz-rock fusion--he was thrown ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hoyt Binder: Prayrie Go Round

Read "Prayrie Go Round" reviewed by Roger Farbey

"Eclectic" is the word that most spontaneously springs to mind when listening to the debut album by Hoyt Binder and it's clear that this guitarist has been influenced by some of the greats, which by his own admission include Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Gambale. Additional solo duties are performed by violinist Trevor Lloyd, who ...