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Content by tag "Thelonius Monk"

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stefano Travaglini: Ellipse

Read "Ellipse" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Italy's Stefano Travaglini--primarily a composer and pianist--is wildly diverse as an instrumentalist and composer. He has performed on oboe and bass guitar, studied with Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and American jazz and classical composer Vince Mendoza. Touring throughout four continents, Travaglini has demonstrated impressive proficiency in both jazz and classical genres though he is equally at ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Barry Altschul featuring Jon Irabagon & Joe Fonda: The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow

Read "The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Recorded live at the Alchemia Club in Krakow, Poland, Barry Altschul's 3dom Factor offers the third group release in an informal trilogy that began with their self-titled album (TUM, 2012). That debut--Altschul's first leader outing in a couple dozen years--consisted of nine Altschul originals, and one from Carla Bley. A blend of post-bop and free playing, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Adam Fairhall: Friendly Ghosts

Read "Friendly Ghosts" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Following undergraduate studies, virtuoso pianist Adam Fairhall took a Master's degree at Leeds College of Music, receiving a MMus in Jazz Studies (Performance) in 2005. Whilst at Leeds he studied with pianist Mark Donlon and took lessons with British jazz composer Matthew Bourne. The title of his album Friendly Ghosts, Fairhall's debut recording as a soloist, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Nick Davies

Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
April 26 to May 1, 2017

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on the Regency Spa Town of Cheltenham for six days. The festival presented a mix of established jazz acts with emerging artists, complemented by stars from the soul and blues ...

Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite

Read "Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Gregory Lewis has been fairly obsessed with the music of Thelonius Monk from a young age when he first started out performing Monk's repertoire on piano. So the adopted moniker Organ Monk seems appropriate. His move to the Hammond B3 was significant because the style he evinced is remarkably close to that of the late Larry ...

Kenny Warren Quartet: Thank You For Coming To Life

Read "Thank You For Coming To Life" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Denver, Colorado Kenny Warren is now an established member of the New York improvised music scene having moved to NYC in 2002. He's been kept busy with various projects including his folk-jazz outfit Laila and Smitty, and playing with pianist Bobby Avey and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby amongst many others.

Listening to ...

Tim Armacost: Time Being

Read "Time Being" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Tim Armacost may not be the most well-known jazz musician on the planet but he's certainly one of the best. His early life was spent in Tokyo, and Washington, then moving to Los Angeles at the age of 18. He travelled to Amsterdam and India where, in the spirit of The Beatles and John McLaughlin he ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chano Dominguez: Over the Rainbow

Read "Over the Rainbow" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music is an interpretive art form, it is in fact, the quintessential American art form. This is an undeniable attribute to the genre, which over the past century has impacted musical culture internationally, sharing it's compositional and improvisational commonalities and absorbing the unique musical identities of neighboring musical movements.

Certainly this is the ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 2

Read "Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz Education: The Next Generation explored how the early days of music and--specifically--jazz music was approached through various channels of formal education. The long, arduous process of creating an accepting environment for jazz education necessitated moving the art form from a vaudevillian status through a firewall of academic elitism and prejudice to a ...