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Michael Cox: Compassion

Read "Compassion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Compassion by saxophonist Michael Cox evokes thoughts of sausages. Specifically, how they're made and for what purpose. Think about it, have you ever had an unforgettable hot dog? No. Even if you ate one at the World Series, you could never call it memorable. That wasn't its objective. So, let's talk of cured meats. The luxury ...


Winter 2017

Read "Winter 2017" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh
Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations

Because the multiplicity ...


Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh: Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations

Read "Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In spite of his achievement, early on, of having attained the status of top tier jazz pianist, Denny Zeitlin has always wanted to expand his artistry beyond the confines of the trio format where he made his name. Call it artistic restlessness. His first release came in 1964, the Columbia Records date, Cathexis, an acoustic trio ...

Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh: Expedition

Read "Expedition" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While fear often paints the idea of spontaneous creation as a sea of uncertainty, openness tend to shape it as an ocean of possibility. The difference all comes down to how you look at it and the way you choose to operate. To exist in the latter mindset, and boldly travel to new and unknown realms ...


Interview: Denny Zeitlin

Interview: Denny Zeitlin

This week, San Francisco pianist Denny Zeitlin will make one of his rare appearances in New York. Starting Wednesday, April 19, and running through Saturday, April 22, Denny will be at the Mezzrow Jazz Club at 163 W. 10th St. On the first two nights, he'll play solo. On the second two nights he'll be accompanied ...


Michael Musillami/Rich Syracuse: Of The Night

Read "Of The Night" reviewed by Budd Kopman

For some reason, Wayne Shorter is in the air, as evidenced by pianist Denny Zeitlin's wonderful Early Wayne and now guitarist Michael Musillami's duo album with bassist Rich Syracuse, Of The Night.

As stated in the earlier review, Shorter tunes, for the most part, are almost immediately recognizable as such without being able to ...


Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne

Read "Early Wayne" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Il titolo di questo album Early Wayne è leggermente fuorviante. Le composizioni proposte costituiscono il cuore dell'estetica shorteriana, non soltanto gli esiti giovanili. La musica proposta denota un'approfondita ricerca sulle strutture e le armonie originarie, di cui vengono tracciati a tratti nuovi sentieri melodici inaspettati.

Non è sempre automatico che la rilettura di ...


Don Preston / Jeff Boynton / Philip Mantione: TriAngular Bent

Read "TriAngular Bent" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A lot of artists Don Preston's age, with a similar musical pedigree, are revered as “national treasures." For whatever reason, this hasn't yet happened for the veteran sonic explorer, still going strong after 84 years on the planet. Perpetually a “Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition," he's most frequently remembered for his groundbreaking work with Frank Zappa. ...


Michael Musillami/Rich Syracuse: Of The Night

Read "Of The Night" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It would be hard to name an artist who has written more jazz standards than saxophonist Wayne Shorter, someone who has been penning memorable tunes since his days with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the very early sixties. After his stint with Blakey, he contributed his singular song crafting acumen to Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet ...


Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions

Read "Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Early Wayne has many things going for it: it is a well recorded, live concert; pianist Denny Zeitlin, who has been recording for over fifty years, is masterful to the point of completely taking over the listening space, and, last but not least, the material used as the base for his improvisation is a set of ...