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Brand X: Locked & Loaded

Read "Locked & Loaded" reviewed by John Kelman

There are a great many bands whose lineups have been so fluid that keeping track of who was in the band when is no mean feat. Few bands have, however, had as complicated a history as Brand X. Even in its latest re-reincarnation, there's been a lineup shift between the high octane fusion group's January, 2017 ...

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Michelle Coltrane: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Yes, that Coltrane. Vocalist Michelle Coltrane, the offspring of pianist Alice McLeod (and vocalist Kenny Hagood) and the stepdaughter of saxophone icon John Coltrane, has one of the strongest musical pedigrees around. She was, quite literally, born and raised into musical legend. But her background and lineage hasn't put undue pressure on her development or musical ...

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Russell Malone: Time for the Dancers

Read "Time for the Dancers" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The flame lit so brightly many years ago by guitarist Wes Montgomery continues to burn with intensity thanks to gifted torch-bearers like Russell Malone whose third album for HighNote Records, Time for the Dancers, not only mirrors Montgomery's singular musical temperament but ushers it into aesthetic realms that would surely have had Wes nodding his approval. ...

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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 ...

Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It?

Read "What Time Is It?" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

2:02.75. That might have been what longshot “Giacomo" (at 50-1) took to win the Kentucky Derby back in 2005. However, it will take longer--just short of an hour--to realize that this thoroughbred Giacomo rides home a winner with What Time Is It?. Hold the oats and roses and grab the ear buds.

Giacomo ...

Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It?

Read "What Time Is It?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What is it that separates a “jazz singer" from the wannabes? While many people are known as or call themselves jazz singers, only a handful truly merit the name. Giacomo Gates, whose latest album What Time Is It? is his seventh (and fourth for Savant Records), is one of the chosen few. Why? Well, as the ...

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A Conversation with Mike Mainieri

Read "A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" reviewed by Anthony Smith

The following is an excerpt from the chapter “A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" of Masters of the Vibes by Anthony Smith (Marimba Productions, 2017).

So you've been working on a new project this week?

Yes, just finishing some overdubs... it's a project I'm involved in with some friends, but I really can't ...

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Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below

Read "The Deep Below" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sax baritono tra i più interessanti emersi nel decennio, Brian Landrus svela in questo disco alte doti liriche e timbriche, in undici brani di sua composizione e tre standard.
La relazione con Lonnie Plaxico e Billy Hart ha mostrato le sue potenzialità nel quartetto documentato dall'album Traverse (BlueLand, 2011) ma qui l'organico senza pianoforte ...

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Lafayette Harris, Jr.: Bend To The Light

Read "Bend To The Light" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While art often takes cues from life, and life certainly offers up its fair share of trials, tribulations, and dark spells, pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr. prefers to emphasize the positive while pouring existential thought into his music.

On Bend To The Light--the seventh offering from Harris over the past twenty-plus years--hope, happiness, and ...

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Umbria Jazz 15

Read "Umbria Jazz 15" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Perugia, vari luoghi
10--19 luglio

Oltre 35.000 biglietti venduti con un incasso di 1.500.000 euro, 450.000 presenze in città nei giorni del festival: i numeri danno ragione dell'enorme successo di pubblico di Umbria Jazz 2015. La manifestazione, come sempre articolata in appuntamenti gratuiti nel centro storico e in concerti a pagamento, all'Arena Santa ...