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Miles Okazaki: Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk

Read "Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The best way to embark upon Miles Okazaki's six-volume Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk is the same manner you might approach Herman Melville's American masterpiece Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Like Moby-Dick with its 135 chapters (and epilogue), Work is a Brobdingnagian accomplishment. Okazaki performs the complete Thelonious Monk songbook. 70 tunes in total.

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Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined

Read "West Side Story Reimagined" reviewed by Jack Bowers

William Shakespeare's epic tragedy Romeo and Juliet made a huge splash when it reached Broadway in 1957 in the guise of West Side Story, in which the warring Montagues and Capulets were replaced by New York City street gangs, the Italian-American Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. The newer version, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by ...

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Shakers n' Bakers: Heart Love

Read "Heart Love" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For most of us it is, and always has been, red states and blue states. I'm talking us vs. them, liberals and conservatives, or my ball team and yours. Same goes for music. The moldy figs vs. beboppers and later, neocons vs. avant-gardists. Yet, some musicians like Albert Ayler, as a radical departure from the norm, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 1-2

Read "Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 1-2" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Part 1 | Part 2

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 18-19, 2017

When mid-October rolls around, many fans of avant-garde jazz and creative music prepare to converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan for their annual pilgrimage to the Kerrytown Concert House, home of the Edgefest festival. Now in its ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been witness to some of the greatest concerts in jazz history as reflected in many stellar live recordings from the festival. This was my first trip to this much heralded event. The festival is held on the Fair Grounds and ...

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Matt Wilson: Honey And Salt

Read "Honey And Salt" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Drummer Matt Wilson has some personal connections to the great Midwestern poet Carl Sandburg in that they were both born in Knox County, Illinois and they are distantly related by marriage. Wilson has long been fascinated by Sandburg's writing and has done musical settings of his work for a long time but with Honey And Salt ...

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Matt Wilson: Honey And Salt

Read "Honey And Salt" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We will forgive you if you believed drummer Matt Wilson's previous recording Beginning Of A Memory (Palmetto, 2016) was a summing-up of his career to date. On that recording he invited just about every musician he has worked with as a leader. The conspicuous absence was, of course, Dewey Redman, who had passed on in 2006. ...

Joe Fiedler: Like, Strange

Read "Like, Strange" reviewed by Troy Collins

Change can occasionally be necessary for artistic growth. For over a decade, trombonist Joe Fiedler has led a stripped-down bass and drums trio, as documented on Plays The Music of Albert Mangelsdorff (Clean Feed, 2005), The Crab (Clean Feed, 2007), Sacred Chrome Orb (Yellow Sound, 2011), and I'm In (Multiphonics, 2015). Seeking a greater range of ...

Joe Fiedler: Like, Strange

Read "Like, Strange" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's not always easy for musicians to know what to call their own stuff, especially the kind of players who prefer not to settle into one cozy niche. Joe Fiedler certainly makes it difficult, being a fan of things from classic swing to avant-garde--some of which use the trombone in easily familiar ways, some of which ...

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DUCHESS: Laughing At Life

Read "Laughing At Life" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Jollity seems to be at a premium these days, so thank God for DUCHESS. This fizzy vocal trio is the antidote to all things grim, bringing joy to the masses one smile and song at a time.

Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou--three of the most captivating vocalists around today--clearly appreciate great ...