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Mark F. Turner's Best Releases Of 2017

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In a year filled with loss, uncertainty and numerous challenges, the following releases by these creative and talented artists repeatedly moved me while bringing something fresh to my ears. No matter what critics or doubters say, the music lives on and is as strong as ever; always colored by its diversity.

Harriet Tubman ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Damión Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond

Read "Damión Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond" reviewed by K. Shackelford

International drummer Damión Reid has crafted a style that is inimitable without sacrificing the ardor of modern jazz and its traditional stylistic approaches to drumming. Listening to Reid is like a history lesson on the drum--he can play everything with artful dexterity from Be-Bop to Hip Hop.

Adrian Kirchler, owner of AK drums, was ...

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Mark F. Turner's Best of 2015

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The number of artists that continue to produce quality jazz is not slowing and that's a beautiful thing. It's becoming more difficult to differentiate between so many varied releases but here are few that stood out in 2015.

Kamasi Washington
The Epic
(Brainfeeder)

Straight-ahead, hard swinging ...

Laurent Coq / Walter Smith III: The LaFayette Suite

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In The LaFayette Suite, two exceptional musicians--French pianist Laurent Coq and American saxophonist Walter Smith III--continue the spirit of collaboration which interestingly enough began around 1777 between French nobleman / military officer Marquis de Lafayette and President George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. In a suite funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the ...

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International Jazz Day - Paris, France - April 30, 2015 - Join the celebration!

International Jazz Day - Paris, France - April 30, 2015 - Join the celebration!

On April 30, 2015, the world will celebrate the fourth edition of International Jazz Day. In parallel with hosting UNESCO's ongoing 70th Anniversary celebration, Paris, France will serve as the International Jazz Day 2015 Global Host City. This special designation recognizes the historically significant influence that Paris, and more broadly France, has had on jazz music and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jerome Sabbagh: The Turn

Read "The Turn" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is one of three bands tenor saxophonist, Jerome Sabbagh leads amid his numerous gigs as a session artist and group member with pianists Laurent Coq and Guillermo Klein, paired with many other diverse musical roles in the modern jazz community. This quartet strikes back with its third album, following Pogo (Sunnyside, 2007) and North (Sunnyside, ...

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Mark F. Turner's Best Releases of 2012

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

2012 was a year of stimulating music made all of the more relevant by artists who poured out their hearts and souls in diverse and compelling ways. Younger voices emerged like pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Henry Cole to deliver contemporary visions through fresh personal and cultural influences . Esteemed trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith brought his ...

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Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, RI, August 4-5, 2012

Read "Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, RI, August 4-5, 2012" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI

August 4-5, 2012

Having a celebration for the 70th birthday of an amazing musician--drummer Jack DeJohnette--was an outstanding feature of this year's Newport Jazz Festival. The drummer was featured in two sets in a single day (Saturday), first with a band he has been ...

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Miguel Zenon / Laurent Coq: Rayuela

Read "Rayuela" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Inspired by Julio Cortáza's sweeping and influential novel, Rayuela (Pantheon, 1963), pianist Laurent Coq and saxophonist Miguel Zenón transform parts of the Argentinean writer's famous work into a memorable jazz release. Written in Spanish, and published in 1963, the title literally means “Hopscotch." The text has been described as an “introspective stream-of-consciousness" and a “masterpiece of ...

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Pierrick Pedron: Cheerleaders

Read "Cheerleaders" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pierrick Pédron grew up in 1980s France listening to Neil Young and the super groups of rock, as well as to saxophone greats such as Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley. This combination of early influences can be clearly heard on the French alto saxophonist's third solo album, the fascinating and occasionally enigmatic Cheerleaders.

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