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Jonathan Greenstein: Vol 3

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Some of the freshest jazz to be found sometimes orbits outside typical trajectories. That is the case here with Greenstein, whose Vol 3 EP wasn't released on a major label but compares quite favorably to higher profile albums from more recognized sources.

Greenstein, on saxophone and keyboards, is a relatively new voice, setting a ...

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Tony Allen, Jeff Mills and Jean Philippe Dary at Cologne Philharmonie

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Tony Allen, Jeff Mills and Jean Philippe Dary
Cologne Philharmonie
Eight Bridges Festival
Cologne, Germany
May 11, 2019

The Eight Bridges Festival is an eclectic mix of provocative presentations taking place throughout Cologne. Concerts, dance and drama occur on typical stages or in unique urban locations. Spectators enjoy bands, ...

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Michael Whalen: Fire Brigade

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Michael Whalen is a versatile, accomplished keyboardist whose professional focus has been film and especially television soundtracks that earned him a pair of Emmy Awards and includes the Good Morning America theme. Promotional material describes this project as the long-contemplated culmination of his desire to create a jazz-fusion album along the lines of early influences like ...

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4 Wheel Drive: 4 Wheel Drive

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Sometimes it's not so much who's doing the playing as how well they play together. Just as some bands seem to perform beyond their individual skill sets, there have been heavily heralded, much hyped “super groups" that amounted to almost nothing of substance.

In the case of 4 Wheel Drive, a quartet consisting of ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

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Throughout two decades worth of previous releases, trumpeter Scott aTunde Adjuah has proved to be a master of his horn and an artist of soulfully ignited passions. With this album, the 35-year old multi-instrumentalist from New Orleans should add further accolades to his already sterling reputation.

He defines current endeavors as “a map to ...

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James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

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James Brandon Lewis has been climbing the current jazz pantheon for a good while now. This deserving project should elevate the 36-year old tenor saxophonist from Buffalo even higher in the ranks.

Backed by the usual collaborators in his touring trio (drummer Warren Trae Crudup III, bassist Luke Stewart) and a pair of familiar ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science at Cologne Philharmonic

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Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
Cologne Philharmonic
Cologne, Germany
January 26, 2019

When outspoken American artists perform before European crowds, it is always interesting for US expats to observe both the message and its reception, especially in today's politically charged era. In the case of Carrington and her colleagues' passionate ...

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Delgres: Mo Jodi

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The France-based trio Delgres have successfully created one of the year's strongest all round albums. Sung mostly in Creole, the project's heartfelt social statements come through clearly in global terms nonetheless.

The band is named after Louis Delgres, an infantry officer who died in the rebellion after Napoleon's 19th century campaign to reintroduce slavery ...

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North Sea Jazz 2018

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North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

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Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone at Stuttgart Jazz Open 2018

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Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone
Schlossplatz
Stuttgart Jazz Open
Stuttgart, Germany
July 19, 2018

The Stuttgart Jazz Open was seeking special things to commemorate the festival's 25th anniversary edition. With a double bill featuring Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone, that goal was accomplished to the delight of a dancing, sellout ...