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Chuck Redd: Groove City

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How do you get into the zone, where do your thoughts travel, and what realm do you occupy when playing and recording? The answer to that multi-pronged question, while no doubt slightly different for every musician, can be boiled down fairly easily. To paraphrase Chuck Redd's thoughts on the matter, you just appreciate the moment and ...

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Lewis Porter: Piano Solo

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The solo format is, quite often, a window into an artist's soul. For Lewis Porter, performing all by his lonesome at the piano, it also serves as a showcase for a tripartite balancing act between patience, impulse, and calculated intellect. In an autonomous state, left to his own devices and desires, this pianist-scholar produces music that's ...

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Brittany Anjou: Enamiĝo Reciprokataj

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There's a fascinating disjunction shaping the work of pianist Brittany Anjou. In one bend of being, her endeavors reflect extreme faith in the concept of catholicity. As a student of Esperanto--the “universal language" devised by Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof in the late 19th century--and a musician warmly embracing an ecumenical approach, open lines and the ability ...

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Marquès / Fortià/ Pannier: Bulería Brooklyniana

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In Bulería Brooklyniana, the mystery and magic of flamenco music stews in the melting pot that is New York. It's a project that speaks directly to the form's rhythmic graces, European bearing, and mystical charms while also highlighting the flexibility and vision of a dynamic Franco-Catalan trio with a foothold in the Borough of Kings.

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Alfredo Rodriguez/Pedrito Martinez: Duologue

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When running down the names of notable and somewhat recent Cuban exports in the jazz realm, Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez both rank at the top of the list. Rodriguez, a conservatory trained pianist with a strong familial connection to the aural arts, came under the wing of the great Quincy Jones back in 2006. He ...

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Marco Pignataro: Almas Antiguas

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Trying to place the music of saxophonist Marco Pignataro squarely in a single space, musical or otherwise, is a fruitless endeavor. His roots span oceans, his sound draws on myriad sources, and his open approach to influence and association(s) catapults him to another realm entirely. Yet all roads paved by heart and art in tandem tend ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Album Reviews: 2018

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2018.

After The Fall
Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 13, 2018

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Michael Kocour: East Of The Sun

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The ease of expression with which pianist Michael Kocour unspools standards tends to belie the greatness of his playing. With extreme comfort and control he lays out one beautiful performance after another, all the while presenting a fine balance between technical accomplishment and creative bent.

East Of The Sun--the sixth leader (or co-leader) ...

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Peter Nelson: Ash, Dust, and the Chalkboard Cinema

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"In sickness and in health" is a phrase that evokes thoughts of wedding vows in most minds. But in a broader sense, it can be applicable to performing artists and their relationship--marital commitment, if you will--to their instruments and work. If anybody has lived and absorbed that truth, it's trombonist Peter Nelson.

After ...

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Mauricio Pessoa: Without You

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There's an urbane aura surrounding the music of Mauricio Pessoa. From the mournful string strains that introduce a dewy-eyed “Saudade I" on through to the high society swing of the “Without You" closer, his writing proves evocative both in drawing attention to times past and highlighting the influence of past masters--Moacir Santos, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Lindolpho ...