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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JAZZTOPAD 2018

Read "JAZZTOPAD 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazztopad Festival
Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music
National Forum of Music, Club Mleczarnia
November 21-25, 2018

Jazztopad is the annual Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw, a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, has character, lots of peculiar neighborhoods, populated by ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ken Fowser, Something Blue, Devin Gray and More

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A packed show with excellent new releases on Posi-tone from Ken Fowser and Something Blue, a focus on Devin Gray, recent work from Wolfgang Muthspiel plus archive cuts.

Playlist Something Blue “Slick" from Maximum Enjoyment (Posi-tone) 00:00 Ken Fowser “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors" from Right On Time (Posi-tone) 06:36 Devin Gray ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2018

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Despite (or in defiant response to) the difficulties of the streaming age, 2018 has seen another musical bumper crop--especially for those of us who particularly love the sound of the piano. There were enough top-notch offerings to make a list at least twice as long, but these have been the most frequent and satisfying staples in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

That Special Time of Year

Read "That Special Time of Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast gets into the swing of the season, which includes holiday releases by Duchess and Laura Dickinson plus a new recording by pianist Kelly Green, with birthday shout outs to Gloria Lynne, Etta Jones, Arthur Schwartz, Johnny Mandel, June Christy and Hoagy Carmichael, among others.

Playlist Geri Allen “In Appreciation" from Geri Allen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jamie Baum Septet: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Far from prolific, Jamie Baum has recorded just four albums in the past decade. However, each recording has clearly been created because the flutist was inspired to contribute something new. Bridges is presented as six songs separated equally by the three part “Honoring Nepal: The Shiva Suite." This almost cinematic 20-minute centerpiece composition is an expansive ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Monika Herzig: A Portrait of a Hero

Read "Monika Herzig: A Portrait of a Hero" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

German-born and US-based pianist, author and composer Monika Herzig released her most accomplished work to date the sublime Sheroes in March of 2018. This cohesive album is a celebration of women in music and particularly jazz, on it Herzig's group of women instrumentalists stimulatingly interpret several originals and two covers. Herzig has a doctorate in music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Monika Herzig: Sheroes

Read "Sheroes" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist and composer Monika Herzig pays tribute to women in jazz, on her captivating Sheroes. The artistically superlative, all-female band explores various cadences, harmonies and moods on this exquisite album, all the while deftly maintaining thematic unity.

Eight of the tracks are originals by ensemble members, and two are Herzig-arranged covers. These are the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Henry Threadgill, Ben LaMar Gay and other great new releases

Read "Henry Threadgill, Ben LaMar Gay and other great new releases" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

This week we check out new releases by some of the most exciting and innovative jazz musicians working today, from established names like Henry Threadgill and Nik Bärtsch to exciting up-and-comers like Ben LaMar Gay.

Happy listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Ben ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Hall: Lattice

Read "Lattice" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

James Hall uses an interesting combination of instruments you rarely hear in a jazz quintet on this CD, with his trombone and Jamie Baum's flute sharing the front line. The result, full of cool high-low harmonies, is an intriguing sound that goes in many different directions.

The lilting weave of “Shoy" showcases how well ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Landrus: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

«Se qualcuno ti dice che non puoi fare qualcosa, sai proprio che stai facendo qualcosa di speciale». Queste parole di Bob Brookmeyer hanno sostenuto Brian Landrus nella stesura di quest'ambizioso progetto orchestrale, che ha confermato le parole del grande trombonista e arrangiatore, ricevendo generali consensi.

Tutto è iniziato nell'estate del 2014 quando Landrus ...