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Thomas Marriott: Romance Language

Read "Romance Language" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott has established his jazz credentials over the years through a collection of beautifully inspired and well received albums on the Origin Records label. His formidable chops, extensive vocabulary, respect for tradition and penchant for musical adventurism has put him into the conversation concerning the top practitioners of his instrument in modern times. Marriott ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joy

Read "Joy" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Joy, something that we all need more of, especially on days with such lousy weather like these...

We are all familiar with the fact that music can greatly contribute to such state, and neuroscience has proved that when pleasurable music is heard, dopamine is released. Let's then focus on music that has a very ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lorin Cohen: Home

Read "Home" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Vari aspetti distinguono quest'album rispetto alla produzione del mainstream contemporaneo. Per il suo esordio da leader il contrabbassista e compositore Lorin Cohen ha riunito un settetto dall'originale e accattivante tavolozza timbrica, ottenuta accostando i suoni del vibrafono (Joe Locke), dell'armonica (Yvonnick Prene) e dello steel pan (Victor Provost).
Autore di tutte le composizioni, Cohen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Wojciechowski: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Every now and then you encounter a musician who has it together in so many ways, yet has largely managed to avoid national recognition. Saxophonist John Wojciechowski is one such player.

While those with strong enough memories might recall that the Michigan-bred Wojciechowski took third place--behind Jon Gordon and Jimmy Greene--at the 1996 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist/Composer John Wojciechowski's "Focus" Due For Sept. 18 Release By Origin Records

Saxophonist/Composer John Wojciechowski's "Focus" Due For Sept. 18 Release By Origin Records

Tenor, alto, and soprano saxophonist John Wojciechowski has been a mainstay of jny: Chicago's world-class jazz scene since his arrival from jny: Detroit in 2002, forging close alliances with first-call musicians such as pianist Ryan Cohan, bassist Dennis Carroll, and drummer Dana Hall. Those players happen to be the members of his tightly-knit working quartet, who ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lorin Cohen: Home

Read "Home" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What's “home?" Is it where somebody's born and raised? Is it where a person resides at a given time? Or is it any place where an individual finds a high level of comfort, joy, and possibility? For Lorin Cohen, it's all three. This talented bassist-composer makes that fact plainly apparent on this, his leader debut.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kobie Watkins: A Drummer's Voyage

Read "Kobie Watkins: A Drummer's Voyage" reviewed by K. Shackelford

jny: Chicago native Kobie Watkins is a leading voice in the new generation of jazz drummers. I saw Watkins several months ago at The Jazz Room in jny: Charlotte and his performance was bananas--the crowd was in awe and after each solo there was thundering applause. An absolute wonder to watch, his polyrhythmic creativity and concepts ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Lark and His Alumni Big Band: Sweet Return

Read "Sweet Return" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As was the case two years ago (2012) with its first album, Reunion, trumpeter Bob Lark's Alumni Big Band on Sweet Return is comprised of musicians he has supervised in various groups during a long and eminent career that embodies more than twenty years as director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. Even so, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

J Hunter's 2013 Top 10 Countdown

Read "J Hunter's 2013 Top 10 Countdown" reviewed by J Hunter

"Tis the season to do countdowns Fa la la la lahhh, la lahh lahh lahhhhhhh..."

Okay, okay, not one of the most original openings ever written. But don't worry: There's plenty of originality to be had on the ten bundles of fabulousness listed below: 10... Etienne Charles
Creole Soul
(Culture Shock Music) ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Cohan: The River

Read "The River" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il viaggio sentimentale attraverso l'Africa cui allude il titolo del CD dà luogo ad un progetto di gran pregio, che proietta Ryan Cohan ai vertici del jazz statunitense contemporaneo. Già uno dei brani ("Call and Response") d'apertura suggella l'incontro fra Africa e jazz, rimarcandone uno dei più importanti elementi in comune. Ha così inizio un concept ...