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ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

Read "The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dave Liebman, Stéphane Spira and More

Read "Dave Liebman, Stéphane Spira and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The mighty NEA Jazz Master Saxophonist Dave Liebman kicks off this week's episode of Neon Jazz, as we play tracks from legends he played with over the years, like Elvin Jones and the mighty Miles Davis. We also take a look at the new music from the great Jared Sims and hear words of wisdom from ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Virelles: Igbó Alákọrin

Read "Igbó Alákọrin" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Maybe the most unexpected delight of 2018, avant-garde pianist David Virelles has released an utterly dyed-in-the-wool homage to his birthplace of Santiago de Cuba.

Completely different from any other recording he's done to this point, this unreconstructed slice of midcentury Cuban music is so completely steeped in tradition, and Virelles' playing is so gorgeously virtuosic, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pamela Hines Trio: The Music of Richard Whiting

Read "The Music of Richard Whiting" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The first thirty seconds of a listening experience sets the tone. The disc spins, and music emerges. It's Richard Whiting's “Sleepy Time Gal." And it just might be the loveliest thing pianist Pamela Hines has ever recorded, languid and syrupy, with the trio that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Miki Matsuki. Her trio mates are ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

Read "Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2

The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

Read "Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nobuki Takamen: The Nobuki Takamen Trio

Read "The Nobuki Takamen Trio" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Nobuki Takamen is, in all probability, the best jazz guitarist Japan has ever produced. Nowadays he lives in New Jersey but tours his homeland regularly. His playing is marked by good taste and sensitivity. He is a highly inventive guitarist, his runs and progressions never quite going where you expect them to go but always making ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Panel 3: Cousins -Moderated by Ken Borgers Moderated by Ken Borgers, this panel featured Woody Herman ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

Read "Facing Dragons" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Christian Sands is already being hailed as the greatest jazz pianist of his generation. The question now is will he follow in the footsteps of piano virtuosos like Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner and concentrate on keyboard fireworks? Or will he choose other outlets for his immense talent, DownBeat magazine seemingly paving the way ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Louis Armstrong: Pops Is Tops. The Verve Studio Albums.

Read "Pops Is Tops. The Verve Studio Albums." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Grazie alla nuova storiografia del jazz, sono ormai caduti i vecchi e fuorvianti clichès sulla produzione discografica di Louis Armstrong negli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta. Ingiustamente relegati, fino a qualche decennio fa, nell'alveo dell'intrattenimento commerciale e nel degradato processo di sclerotizzazione esecutiva del geniale trombettista, i dischi qui recensiti risalgono al 1957 e sono l'esito di ...