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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Rainey Trio: Combobulated

Read "Combobulated" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Tom Rainey è da anni batterista tra i più versatili. A suo agio nella lingua della tradizione (Fred Hersch, Joe Lovano, Carmen McRae, il suo gruppo Obbligato..) ma anche nelle forme aperte della postmodernità (Tim Berne, David Torn, Nels Cline...), raggiunge con il suo trio risultati anomali, di volta in volta più sorprendenti. Sempre affiancato da ...

ARTICLE: NEW & NOTEWORTHY

Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte

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Nuove vocalist crescono. Da qualche anno, sia nel jazz che nella black popular music, sono emerse vocalist di talento, prossime a imporsi negli anni a venire. In questa fase storica di globalizzazione spinta anche il canto jazz è entrato in una dimensione globale. Aumentano le possibilità per tutti di apprendere le forme espressive delle musiche afroamericane ...

NEWS: RECORDING

EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes is back in the light with his riveting Blue Canoe Records release The Emotional Vampire Sessions, a followup to his 2005 release on Blue Canoe Something to Say. The Saxophonist has traveled extensively performing in many genres with a passion and deep-rooted training in jazz, classical, and contemporary music. Mr. Hughes has taught, performed, and ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Orjan Hulten: Minusgrader

Read "Minusgrader" reviewed by Don Phipps

Technique may not drive saxophonist Örjan Hultén, but most certainly jazz tunes filled with heart and soul do. On Minusgrader, an album featuring his quartet of fellow Swedes Torbjörn Gulz (piano), Filip Augustson (bass), and Peter Danemo (drums), the blues, ballads, and bop have simple laid-back structures. That is just fine, because the music's warmth permeates ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House

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"Brother Thelonious," an ale named in tribute to pianist Thelonious Monk using a Belgian Trappist brew style, is flowing again out of the North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California and its jazz-devoted performance venue, The Sequoia Room. An intermission in production occurred after a dispute between North Coast Brewing and the Estate of the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast!

Read "2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As they say, “a good beginning makes a good ending" and, based on the extraordinary amount of sensational new releases that have come out in less than a month, it looks like we're in it for a great musical ride in 2019. Here are two hours of gems from albums that have just been, or about ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Robert Lewis Heads the Charleston's Jazz Orchestra

Read "Robert Lewis Heads the Charleston's Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

He is the director of jazz studies at the College of Charleston, a full time (and long time) member of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) in Charleston, South Carolina, in great demand for private lessons by aspiring jazz musicians and, when the time is right, a performer who leads his own group. So obviously, what Robert ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry

Read "Trio Tapestry" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With all tonalities being created equal, on Trio Tapestries, Joe Lovano's first as a leader for ECM and one of the first releases of the label's fiftieth year, silence abides. Both as concept and as actuality, silence lays at the heart of this eleven song lattice. Even the spacing between the tracks hangs appended, allowing the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kenny Werner on his Life and Career

Read "Kenny Werner on his Life and Career" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Kenny Werner might try to talk you out of becoming a jazz musician. “Please don't become a jazz musician just because you think you should. That's like saying you think you should become a typewriter salesman. Nobody needs you. I would do everything I could to talk them out of it and if they couldn't be ...