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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when Marc Copland was releasing multiple albums every year, sometimes as many as three or four, like in 2009, when the veteran pianist (who began his musical life as a saxophonist) released his second solo piano album, Alone (Pirouet); an intimate duo date with veteran bassist Gary Peacock, Insight (Sketch); and the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Tordini Trio, featuring Becca Stevens and Greg Ruggerio: Midnight Sun

Read "Midnight Sun" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The vinyl-only subscription label, Newvelle Records, enters the second half of its second season with the Chris Tordini Trio collection, Midnight Sun. Bassist Tordini is joined by vocalist Becca Stevens and guitarist Greg Ruggiero on a set of standards bookended by Ornette Coleman covers. The readings here are stripped of any superfluous trappings, allowing the individual ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Global Music Adventures at the Musical Instrument Museum

Read "Global Music Adventures at the Musical Instrument Museum" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), located in North jny: Phoenix, is a singularly unique experience in the world of music or museums, for that matter. The MIM displays over 6500 instruments from all corners of the globe. The experience is enhanced by superb video and audio presentations that situate the music in historical and cultural contexts. ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

NEC’s Jazz Studies & Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present Nearly 100 Free Performances For 2014-2015 Season

NEC’s Jazz Studies & Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present  Nearly 100 Free Performances For 2014-2015 Season

Plus Residencies with World-Renowned Performers September 2, 2014 — May 19, 2015 Highlights include: The Music of John Zorn: A 35-Year Retrospective; Order of the Virtues a re-interpretation of Hildegarde Von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum; The Music of Ken Schaphorst and John Medeski; Workshops/masterclasses with Lake Street Dive, Jason Moran/Vijay Iyer, Evan Parker, Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck and the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 28-July 2, 2013

Read "2013 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 28-July 2, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
June 28-July 7, 2013
After taking a year off to curate an All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway at Norway's 2012 Kongsberg Jazz Festival, it was great to return to the city that hosts what must surely be the largest jazz festival in the world. Where else ...

Drew Gress: The Sky Inside

Read "Drew Gress: The Sky Inside" reviewed by John Kelman

Bassist Drew Gress returns with the same quintet with whom he's been recording since 2005's 7 Black Butterflies (Premonition). Don't fix it if it ain't broke, they say, and if, with the addition of trumpeter Ralph Alessi to the core quartet that also recorded 2001's Spin & Drift (Premonition (and with Craig Taborn replacing original pianist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Old Time Musketry: Different Times

Read "Different Times" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Brooklyn-based Old Time Musketry is a band whose moniker foreshadows one aspect of the sound it's after, steeped in folk music and Americana. But the quartet's debut, Different Times, contains so much more. First and foremost, Old Time Musketry is a jazz quartet. Sure there's quite a bit of accordion and clarinet on this recording, but ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

John Hollenbeck: Songs I Like a Lot

Read "John Hollenbeck: Songs I Like a Lot" reviewed by John Kelman

It's hard to resist, at the very least, looking at an album with as honest and unassuming a title as Songs I Like a Lot; but it's even harder to resist when it turns out that the instigator is John Hollenbeck, founder of and primary composer for Claudia Quintet--the chamber jazz ensemble which has, over the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Hewson: Slightly Peculiar

Read "Slightly Peculiar" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Tom Hewson didn't set out to make a solo piano album; it's just the way the nine original compositions which grace Slightly Peculiar turned out. At least that's the way he tells it. The story suggests that Hewson is a rather self-effacing chap--he could just as readily have spun a tale of grand schemes and ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Kurt Elling: Stories from New York

Read "Kurt Elling: Stories from New York" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Singer Kurt Elling seems to be always on the go, working with his fine quartet and lending his artful vocals to a variety of other projects as time allows. Whatever the situation, he brings high aesthetic values and standards. He likes to investigate different musical possibilities under the jazz umbrella, which he embraces without reservation.