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The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

Read "The Cry of Jay Rodriguez" reviewed by Michael Blake

On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

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Philipp Gerschlauer/David Fiuczynski: Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik

Read "Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you've followed guitarist David Fiuczynski's work in recent years, then you should already know that he's continually intensifying his search for what exists in the spaces between the spaces. While Fuze has always registered as something of a non-conformist, he's now completely shed a layer of skin and left conventional Western musical tuning behind, evolving ...

Steely Dan's Jon Herington and Jim Beard

Read "Steely Dan's Jon Herington and Jim Beard" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

While keyboardist / producer Jim Beard and guitarist Jon Herington are both solo recording artists with long and varied careers that straddle jazz, rock and beyond, they may be best known these days for being longtime members of Steely Dan's current touring band. They have also been close friends for nearly 40 years. They sat down ...

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Doug Webb at The Turning Point Cafe

Read "Doug Webb at The Turning Point Cafe" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Doug Webb The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY September 28, 2015 The Monday Jazz Sessions, a fixture at The Turning Point Café since 2007, are a product of the dauntless efforts of series curator John Richmond. Among other responsibilities, Richmond books the musicians, publicizes the events, enthusiastically greets visitors, tends to ...

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Udin&Jazz 2014 - Ahead

Read "Udin&Jazz 2014 - Ahead" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Udin&Jazz Varie sedi Udine e provincia 01-04.07.2014 Come ogni anno Udin&Jazz, ormai giunto alla ventiquattresima edizione, era spalmato su un periodo piuttosto lungo (l'anteprima con Pat Metheny era prevista il 14 giugno ma non è andata in scena per il maltempo) e si è esteso fino a ...

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Dave Kain: Raising Kain

Read "Raising Kain" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Raising Kain is a first for guitarist Dave Kain in two ways: it's the first trio record in his discography and it marks the first time he's worked with a producer instead of going it alone. After releasing a few albums with different incarnations of the Dave Kain Group, he decided to trim ...

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Matt Garrison: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Instead of simply homing in on one specific musical coordinate, saxophonist Matt Garrison decided to widen his focus and hit a few different targets with his third album. The aptly-titled Patchwork finds him looking toward “initial musical influence, educational influences, and current outcomes." It's a collection of Garrison's personalized yesterday-meets-today musical scenarios. It's ...

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Cape Town Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Cape Town Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Cape Town Jazz Festival 2013Cape Town, South AfricaApril 5-6, 2013Music has the power to transport those on the receiving end to another place, but the terms of travel are usually figurative in nature. For four North American journalists, however, the figurative took fantastic form with an offer to visit Cape Town, soak in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob Belden: Jazz Adventurer

Read "Bob Belden: Jazz Adventurer" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Bob Belden is a jazz renaissance man: a flutist and saxophonist who began his career with Woody Herman's big band. He's also a composer and arranger, who has orchestrated jazz treatments of Puccini's opera Turandot as well as the music of The Beatles, Sting and Prince. His pair of tributes to trumpeter Miles Davis--Miles from India ...


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