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ARTICLE: RADIO

New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More

Read "New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

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: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

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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

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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

Read "Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection" reviewed by Troy Dostert

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! ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education

Read "Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Few drummers know how to use rhythms like Chad Taylor. He makes the drum set sing melodies and paints different hues and shades on the cymbals and skins. He can play inside and outside and has performed with musicians like saxophonists Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders and James Brandon Lewis, pianists Cooper-Moore and Angelica Sanchez, guitarists Jeff ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor: Radiant Imprints

Read "Radiant Imprints" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When saxophonist James Brandon Lewis released Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014) with bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver, the jazz world went from “who is this guy?" to “make space at the table," because listeners had discovered a truly distinctive voice. After that came Days Of Freeman (Okeh, 2015) with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Rudy Royston and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kjetil Møster: Ran Do

Read "Ran Do" reviewed by Mark Corroto

More than in any other American jazz scene, the musicians of Chicago have embraced and continue to embrace their colleagues in Europe and the UK. In the 1990s the Chicagoan Ken Vandermark began a long-standing association with Mats Gustafsson (Sweden) and Peter Brotzmann (Germany). And Hamid Drake has been crisscrossing the Atlantic for ages. These connections ...