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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer at SFJAZZ

Read "Vijay Iyer at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Vijay Iyer
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
January 18, 19, 21, 2018

Vijay Iyer told a San Francisco audience at Herbst Theater that it is amazingly difficult to tour in the United States, by way of explaining why he did not perform in his former hometown more often. But, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge

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"I'm always trying to put myself into scenarios with people who play in a way that challenges me and gives me a chance to grow," says pianist Aaron Parks, who has carved an impressive career in jazz since going to jny: New York City early in the new century and eventually garnering a major gig with ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

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My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Iñaki Sandoval: Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn

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Berklee educated Spanish pianist and composer Iñaki Sandoval moved to Estonia from Barcelona to take up a post as Director of PhD studies at the Viljandi Culture Academy, University of Tartu. The move from the warm and sunny south of Europe to the no-less-beautiful but somewhat colder Baltic state seems to have kick started a period ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harold Land: A New Shade Of Blue

Read "A New Shade Of Blue" reviewed by Mark Corroto

What came first, craft beers or the revival of vinyl records? I ask because both revolutions have moved your collective attentions away from corporate culture to smaller more specialized boutiques. That means better beer and certainly a more diverse choice in music. Case in point, saxophonist Harold Land's A New Shade Of Blue originally issued on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob Gluck & Tani Tabbal: At This Time: Duets

Read "At This Time: Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bob Gluck is a gifted composer of electronic and acoustic music, as well as an educator and writer. As a pianist/keyboardist he has offered innovative and intensely creative modern jazz, finding inspiration in the familiar and the obscure. He has collaborated with Michael Bisio, Jane Ira Bloom, Ken Filiano, and many other top-tier artists. With Billy ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Saxophonist Mark Turner Profiled In International Arts Magazine

Saxophonist Mark Turner Profiled In International Arts Magazine

The latest issue of Music & Literature showcases and explores the career of American saxophonist Mark Turner. Exclusive tributes and appreciations from over 20 of Turner’s musical collaborators and admirers, including Avishai Cohen, Kurt Rosenwinkel, María Kim Grand, Marcus Gilmore, Gilad Hekselman, Ethan Iverson, Billy Hart, Jorge Rossy, among many others, complement an extensive new retrospective interview ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marc Copland: Nightfall

Read "Nightfall" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Between 2006 and 2012 pianist Marc  Copland produced a rich discography on the Pirouet Records label. With a cast of top level sidemen--Gary Peacock, Paul Motian, John Abercrombie, Drew Gress, Billy Hart...you get the idea--he shaped up his distinctive sound and and lifted his profile into the stars. The year 2012 saw Copland's last Pirouet release, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Landrus: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

With Generations baritone saxophonist Brian Landrus has created an ambitious set of music for full orchestra that is based in jazz but also touches on classical music, hip hop and reggae, giving prominent position to instruments like harp and vibraphone to give his ensemble an airy, spacious sound.

It all begins with the five-movement “Jeru ...