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ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019

Read "ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
January 11-12, 2019

On January 11th and 12th, Winter Jazzfest attendees were treated to two nights of performances by some of the ECM's most vibrant affiliates. The impressions left in their wake verged on moving pictures, comprising a montage of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends

Read "Imaginary Friends" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Ever leading the avant-garde, trumpeter Ralph Alessi has never been pressed for future-forward ideas or the time to express them in whatever setting best suits the music. Not counting his prodigious work alongside such leading figures as Fred Hersch, Don Byron, and Steve Coleman, in this tumultuous century alone Alessi has led and released such challenging ...

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Jostein Gulbrandsen: Looking Ahead

Read "Looking Ahead" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Norwegian-born, New York-based guitarist Jostein Gulbrandsen makes a modest splash with this set of eight originals. The composing is in-the-tradition and buoyant throughout, and harnesses the abilities of an enviable band. Bassist Mike McGuirk exudes plenty of sunshine in opener “Gee Wheez," revealing a carefree undercurrent that infuses the entire session. Drummer Mark Ferber catches his ...

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Kevin Quinn: Paramedic

Read "Paramedic" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Kevin Quinn may not be a name you are familiar with on the jazz scene yet, but behind the scenes his work as a sound engineer at the ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY, has afforded him the opportunity to work with top jazz musicians such as: Aaron Parks, David Savitsky, Rachel Therrien, Dean Sharp, Sean Wayland, ...

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Russ Johnson: The Headlands Suite

Read "The Headlands Suite" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One thing's certain when you listen to a Russ Johnson record: you're going to hear music made with care and craft. Johnson is a discerning composer and trumpeter, and he has a special talent for producing thoughtful compositions that possess enough fluidity and creativity to remain fresh even after repeated encounters. He's also adept at drawing ...

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Pete McCann: Pay for It on the Other Side

Read "Pay for It on the Other Side" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

World-class guitarist Pete McCann (Spin Cycle, Mahavishnu Project, Curtis Stigers) composed 10 pieces with his band members specifically in mind. His all-star quintet exhibits near flawless execution with tuneful hooks, stirring improvisational passages, and a strong mix of material that covers a lot of bases. And when the leader uses his pedals and EFX mechanisms, tinged ...

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Dave Allen: The Sky Above Her

Read "The Sky Above Her" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Guitarist Dave Allen's satiny-smooth tone and precise technique belie an intrepid sensibility that is eager to rise to the surface. So unsuspecting listeners who cue up the title track of The Sky Above Her, Allen's third album as a leader, might at first be tricked into thinking they'll be listening to something easy on the ears, ...

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Ryan Meagher: Lost Days

Read "Lost Days" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Lost Days, guitarist Ryan Meagher offers up ten expressive and entertaining compositions that run the gamut from blues to funk and from swing to rock. His compositions are hot and spontaneous--they break apart and fuse back together in kaleidoscopic fashion.

The Portland, Oregon-based Meagher is backed by a talented group. Tenor saxophonist Bill ...

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Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Seconda parte

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Seconda parte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Vicenza Jazz
Varie sedi
10--20.05.2018

Proseguiamo con il festival vicentino, i cui primi concerti sono stati recensiti da Libero Farné. In una rassegna così ricca di appuntamenti --come sempre dislocati in vari luoghi cittadini e in differenti orari --è ovviamente impossibile seguire tutto e anche questa seconda parte verterà sui concerti serali ...

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David Ake: Humanities

Read "Humanities" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The group that pianist/composer David Ake assembles for Humanities thrives on change and doesn't care all that much for boundaries, familiar stylistic references, or decorum. Distinctions between written material and improvisation, soloists and accompaniment, are subject to transformation, collapse, consolidation and mutation. Nothing stays on exactly the same course for very long. Featuring Ake, Ralph Alessi's ...