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The Narell Brothers: Steelpan Music Merchants

Read "The Narell Brothers: Steelpan Music Merchants" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

Steelpan musician, Andy Narell and his older brother Jeff Narell represent a game change in the status quo of island music and the instruments born in the Caribbean. Originally created as an musical accompaniment to celebrate Trinidad Carnival, the steelpan has evolved over the years to become a modern acoustic instrument family that supplies a range ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leon Foster Thomas: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Throughout the history of jazz, what once seemed to be oddball instruments have inexorably become part of accepted sonic landscape, while others have fallen into disuse. It's hard to believe that the vibraphone, flute, and violin were once seen as un-swinging, non-jazz instruments, while the banjo and tuba were considered essential linchpins of the jazz sound. ...

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Jazzy Christmas - Creole Christmas

Read "Jazzy Christmas - Creole Christmas" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

I canti natalizi si sono trasformati nel tempo da inni prettamente religiosi, derivati da laudi o ninne-nanne in onore a Gesù bambino, a pop song strutturate sul modello Tin Pan Alley, che celebrano il Natale in un'ottica secolarizzata, mantenendo i valori di amore e fratellanza.

La relazione tra jazz e canti di ...

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Wild Card: Organic Riot

Read "Organic Riot" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Music can signal rebellion, initiate change, influence the thoughts of an entire generation. Or it can cause thousands of disparate individuals to get up and dance and generally have a good time. Organic Riot, the third album from London-based funksters Wild Card, may not signal incipient revolution but it's certainly got the good-time, get up and ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

An American in Paradise: The sense of Belonging of Andy Narell

Read "An American in Paradise: The sense of Belonging of Andy Narell" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

American pannist (steel pan soloist) and composer Andy Narell is an iconoclast who fearlessly challenges the narrow definitions of acceptable pan music. He is global, and his usefulness as an ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago's national instrument is tainted by suspicion long held by panmen (steel pan players) and the steel pan fraternity in general here. ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jaiman Crunk "Encounters" CD Release

Jaiman Crunk "Encounters" CD Release

With a vast lineup of some of the greatest names in jazz performing a diverse and ambitious set of original compositions, composer and guitarist Jaiman Crunk presents an auspicious debut recording. Tied together by Crunk's compositions, his choice to have, for instance, multiple bass players—including Ron Carter, John Patitucci, and Buster Williams—had less to do with ...

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Leon Foster Thomas: Brand New Mischief

Read "Brand New Mischief" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The sound of steel pans seems to surface at beaches and poolside bars more often than jazz clubs, but that doesn't mean that these sunny-sounding metal melody makers aren't welcome or cut out for the jazz life. Steel pan trailblazers, like Jaco Pastorius-associated Othello Molineaux and jazz-meets-world music giant Andy Narell, established a place for their ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Lynn Riley At The Kennett Flash Wed. May 2nd!

Jazz Bridge Presents Lynn Riley At The Kennett Flash Wed. May 2nd!

Appearing on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA, for the last concert of this season will be saxophonist Lynn Riley and her band World Mix. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. One show. $10/$5 students. No advance sales. For info: Call 484-732-8295. This concert is produced by Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit that assists ...

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Vince Mendoza: Nights on Earth

Read "Nights on Earth" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been 13 years since Vince Mendoza last released an album of all-original music with Epiphany (Zebra, 1999); but it's not as if he hasn't been busy. He's a first-call arranger for high profile jazzers, working on guitarist John Scofield's 54 (EmArcy, 2010), now-deceased keyboard giant Joe Zawinul's Brown Street (Heads Up, 2007), and über-trumpeter Randy ...