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Tom Kessler: Nuevo Valso

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For his fourth album as a leader Mexican guitarist Tom Kessler gets drummer Jochen Rückert and bassist Eivind Opsvik on board to deliver nine, self-penned and diverse pieces. Opener “Ascilina" demonstrates the treats that the trio brings to the table. Intriguing voicings on guitar, buzzing melodic lines on bass and an understated percussive structure. The production ...

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Yotam Silberstein: Future Memories

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If 2016's The Village (jazz&people) qualified as a step outside of Yotam Silberstein 's comfort zone, Future Memories may as well be considered a giant leap. The New York-based guitarist has evidently arrived at a point in his career where he feels free to play and compose as he pleases, and makes his confidence known to ...

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Michael Rossetto: Intermodal Blues

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In search of the roots and the limits of where a banjo comes from and how far the instrument can go, Minneapolis-based Michael Rossetto makes a journey from cinematic soundscapes to traditional western folklore with a jazzy spin to it.

On Intermodal Blues Michael Rossetto is joined by upright bassist Chris Bates and drummer ...

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Pedro Martins: VOX

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Big things were always going to be expected from Brazilian guitar prodigy Pedro Martins after he won the Montreux Guitar Competition in 2015. Under the guidance of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Martins has grown not only as a guitarist but also as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer who has left his very own mark on Rosenwinkel's late Caipi ...

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Billy Pod: Drums To Heal Society

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Athens-based drummer Vassilis Podaras, going by the name of Billy Pod, has been an active musician on the contemporary Greek jazz scene for over ten years and now decides it's the right time to record and release his debut album Drums To Heal Society. With the exception of Feist's “Limit To Your Love," all of the ...

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Nypan: Big City

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Norwegian guitarist and composer Øyvind Nypan had a special project and, accordingly, special musicians in mind when conceptualizing his newest and third record for Losen Records, Big City. After contacting pianist Taylor Eigsti and receiving his positive response, Nypan was able to rally together the rest of the cast and shortly afterwards ended up recording this ...

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Dewa Budjana: Mahandini

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After the extensive double album venture Zentuary (Favored Nations, 2016), Indonesian guitar virtuoso Dewa Budjana returns with a more condensed set of tunes that have a much heavier edge to them. Instead of featuring a multitude of different guests and recording over a longer period of time, as on its predecessor, Mahandini finds Budjana in interplay ...

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Q Morrow: There Are Stars In Brooklyn

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While coming across an eclectic mix of various ethnic styles fused with popular music genres isn't an exception in jazz these days (and hasn't been for a while now), one rarely finds as many different influences framed in such coherent compositions as on There Are Stars In Brooklyn. The homogenous instrumentation and production furthermore add to ...

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John Escreet: Learn To Live

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Take some sweet melodies from Jeff Lynn's ELO, add Keith Emerson on synth and think of an underlying rumbling towards more experimental sound collages, rooted somewhere between the electronic approach of Brian Eno and Miles Davis' early organic-fusion extravaganzas and you'll end up with... well, let's be honest, it still won't sound anything like what keyboardist ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Articles: 2018

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our most popular in 2018.

Interviews
Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 16, 2018

History of Jazz
Monk's Trumpets
by Matt ...