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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2018

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The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2018 led me to these marvelous CDs.

Satoko Fujii
Satoko Fujii Solo
Libra Records

A person's sixtieth birthday serves as a milestone, more so in Japan--where it is referred to as “Kanreki"--than elsewhere. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018

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Every little bit of the year 2018 will soon take form as memory--first recent, then distant--but the fine music gifted to us in those twelve months will be forever present, living on in ears, hearts and minds. I had the pleasure of hearing north of 400 albums this past year, and I had the privilege of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kenny Werner: The Space

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Let's ruminate on the state of jazz piano in the year 2018. It is a rich time, when perhaps a dozen hugely talented artists have reached the peaks of their artistry. Keith Jarrett, Marc Copland, Brad Mehldau, Bobo Stenson, Denny Zeitlin, Fred Hersch and a handful more are creating some of the richest and most beautiful ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Denny Zeitlin: Wishing On The Moon

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Pianist Denny Zeitlin claimed a spot as a top-tier jazz pianist at the very beginning of his recording career with a sideman slot on flutist Jeremy Steig's Flute Fever (Columbia, 1963), followed by his debut as a leader, Cathexis (Columbia, 1964). After three more excellent sets for Columbia, Zeitlin's career shifted into a smaller label mode, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Buster Williams: Audacity

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On Audacity, his first disc as the man-in-charge since 2004's restorative Griot Liberte, venerable bassist and jazz gentlemen Buster Williams delivers a stellar set of six potent, highly charged originals mixed generously with originals from long-time band members saxophonist Steve Wilson, drummer Lenny White and pianist George Colligan.

Generous is the key word here. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Denny Zeitlin: Wishing On The Moon

Read "Wishing On The Moon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The title of the final cut on this live date--"Signs & Wonders," written by David Friesen--truly homes in on the truth about this trio. For in gestures large and small, guideposts laid out by form and instinct, a time-strengthened sense of equilateral idealism, and an open-minded aesthetic, this outfit continually creates music to marvel at.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams & Matt Wilson at Mezzrow Jazz Club

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Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams, Matt Wilson
Mezzrow Jazz Club
New York, NY
May 5, 2018

It was cramped on Cinco de Mayo in Mezzrow. Real cramped. Just as it should be for the last night of Denny Zeitlin's rare, four night residency. A West Coast resident, Zeitlin doesn't get out this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Cox: Compassion

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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 ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Winter 2017

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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
Sunnyside
2017

Because the multiplicity ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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

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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 ...