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Tomoko Omura: Post Bop Gypsies

Read "Post Bop Gypsies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Think about your favorite jazz violinist. Now think about what style or sub-category of jazz that person would most easily fall into. Was your answer bebop? Probably not, I would venture to guess. It's not that I know your answer. This isn't a magic trick. For all I know it could've been Stéphane Grappelli, Jenny Scheinman, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jim Ridl Quartet Featuring Zach Brock at Collingswood Community Center

Read "Jim Ridl Quartet Featuring Zach Brock at Collingswood Community Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Jim Ridl Quartet Featuring Zach Brock
Collingswood Community Center
Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert
Collingswood, PA
March 2, 2017

The Jazz Bridge is a meritorious organization that not only sponsors outstanding concerts in and around Philadelphia, but also offers support to musicians in distress. Their recently published Philadelphia Real Book contains ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Svend Asmussen, RIP

Svend Asmussen, RIP

Svend Asmussen, the Danish violinist who thrived in eight decades of stardom, died yesterday—three weeks short of his 101st birthday. He was one of the handful of violinists who in the 1930s proved the instrument capable of swing and emotional expression at the highest jazz level. He may well have been the only man still alive ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Leonardo Suarez Paz and Fernando Suarez Paz: Escualo

Read "Escualo" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Leonardo Suarez Paz is surely now the torchbearer of Argentine Tango and the legacy of its greatest composer, Astor Piazzolla. His father Fernando Suarez Paz, of course, played with Piazzolla for many years and father and son have often performed his and works by other composers of tango. It is our fortune that Suarez Paz hijo ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches

Read "Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been a good year for New York-based, Japanese violinist/composer Tomoko Omura, whose second CD as leader, Roots (Inner Circle Music), has earned high praise from critics and peers alike. The roots of the title refer to Omura's heritage as she reimagines popular Japanese tunes through the prism of jazz. The ten tracks draw inspiration from ...

Lisanne Tremblay: Violinization

Read "Violinization" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Say “jazz" and the musical instrument that comes to mind might be the saxophone or the trumpet. Say “classical" and it's probably the violin. But there's a long history of players of that have taken that quintessentially classical instrument and moved into the jazz/improvised music world: Stephane Grappelli (1909-1997) and his swinging Quintette du Hot Club ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Video: Cafe Montmartre, '59-'76

Video: Cafe Montmartre, '59-'76

Oscar Pettiford was one of the great jazz bassists on the New York recording scene in the 1940s and '50s. Sadly, his name today is slipping into obscurity. In 1958, Pettiford moved to Copenhagen, where he died in 1960 at age 37. He was the first to play jazz cello in 1949, and few could match ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

Read "Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition" reviewed by Ian Patterson

1st Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Krakow
Poland
July 16-19, 2014

He was one of the great jazz virtuosos, right up there some would say with Django Reinhardt, Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. Most frequently, however, he was compared to John ...

Zach Brock: Purple Sounds

Read "Purple Sounds" reviewed by John Kelman

Virtuosity isn't defined by notes-per-minute; true virtuosity is instrumental mastery surrendering to the demands of the song. Sometimes that can mean shredding with furious intensity, yes; but the real deal also respects music that demands less, rather than more. Violinist Zach Brock is, indeed, the real deal, and Purple Sounds, his second release for Holland's Criss ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Wayne Shorter: Portrait Of A Visionary

Read "Wayne Shorter: Portrait Of A Visionary" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

To speak with Wayne Shorter can feel like an exercise in the mystical. At times, it's stream of consciousness, ideas flowing that can reach the profound; but the direction can switch suddenly. There are frequent references to films (Shorter is a lifelong movie buff), as well as books whose subject matter run from science to philosophy. ...