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Dan Phillips He's Back And He's Proud

Read "Dan Phillips He's Back And He's Proud" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In just a few short years listeners have changed their thinking about Dan Phillips from “who is dis guy?" to “fantastic news, another Dan Phillips release." Maybe we can attribute this response to the wandering nature of the guitarist. He has lived in Chicago, New York, Bangkok, and Tokyo. Now, back in Chicago his music has ...

International Anthem: The Beat of the Past, Present and Future

Read "International Anthem: The Beat of the Past, Present and Future" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Dis is da drum. Everything starts with a beat. A heartbeat. A rhythm. A language. Communication between people. Patterns in percussion. Tribal language. Rhythms reaching out.

Since the beginning, rhythms have been an integral part of jazz. Swing is rhythm and rhythm is swing. The pace has changed. The patterns have changed. Acoustic ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Reissued Eric Dolphy and new sounds from Federica Michisanti

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The release of 1963 recordings from Eric Dolphy on Musical Prophet together with new music from Italian bassist Federica Michisanti, alongside a broad selection of older tracks make up an eclectic show.

Playlist Eric Dolphy “Jitterbug Waltz" from Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance) 00:00 Federica Michisanti Horn Trio ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More

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New releases from Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi, and, Mats Eilertsen, plus a mop-up of some of last year's releases that I have not featured as yet.

Playlist Behn Gillece “Break the Ice" from Parallel Universe (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Giovanni Guidi “Avec Les Temps" from Avec Les Temps (ECM) 06:24 Mats Eilertsen Trio “Perpetum" from And ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Makaya McCraven's Universe

Read "Makaya McCraven's Universe" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Drummer Makaya McCraven's new double album Universal Beings mixes the artistry and experimentation of jazz with the irresistible dance beats of hip-hop. It also brings together a dream team of collaborators from London, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Brandee Younger and Jeff Parker. This episode of Mondo Jazz celebrates Makaya ...

Otis Sandsjö

Read "Otis Sandsjö" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic, 1972)

Listening to Aretha coming home makes you feel like coming home. R.I.P.

2. Skúli Sverrisson, Óskar Gudjónsson, The Box Tree (Mengi, 2012).

This album was on repeat around the time of my daughter's birth a few months back. It says it all. A ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection

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Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 17-20, 2018

This year, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Edgefest Festival turned to Chicago for inspiration. An astonishing array of talented musicians, most with roots in Chicago's storied past or its vibrant present, made appearances at the Kerrytown Concert House for four days of exceptional music that could generally ...

Otis Sandsjo

Read "Otis Sandsjo" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic, 1972).
Ascoltare Aretha ti fa sentire a casa. R.I.P.

2. Skúli Sverrisson, Óskar Gudjónsson, The Box Tree (Mengi, 2012).
Perennemente sul tasto repeat durante la nascita di mia figlia qualche mese fa. Un suono di sax proveniente da un altro pianeta.

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Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...