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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joy, Joy and More Joy

Read "Joy, Joy and More Joy" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Last week we were not quite done with our theme revolving around Jazz & Joy and playing tunes that either inspired joy or were inspired by the experience of joy by the artists who composed them. So here is more dopamine enhancing jazz for you. Music that should turn a grey day into a sunny one. ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Stanley Jordan at Tabarka Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Stanley Jordan at Tabarka Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Andrea Rotili

After a hiatus of several years, Jazz à Tabarka, the festival established in 1973 by Mourad Mathari, ran again from July 22-29. As usual it featured a full program of pop, rock and jazz in the heart of Tunisia. On 28 July the festival featured legendary guitarist Stanley Jordan, who mesmerized the audience with his extraordinary ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

TJP: Peace and Love

Read "Peace and Love" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Good singers need a good voice AND good timing, and with the release of Peace and Love, singer Paul Jost demonstrates both. The Philadelphia-based band TJP (formerly known as The Jost Project) has perfectly timed the release of Peace and Love, a collection of iconic songs from the 1960s and '70s with all the beauty and ...

Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul

Read "Music From Our Soul" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Charnett Moffett is one of those figures that we tend to take for granted, mostly because it seems like he's simply always been here. The once-upon-a-time child prodigy has been omnipresent on the scene since the mid '80s, holding down the low end for jazz's elite while bringing strength, consistency, and creativity to the fore ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Roma Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Roma Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Roma Jazz Festival 2016
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Roma
8-23.11.2016

Edizione importante per il festival jazz romano che festeggia i 40 anni nella sede ormai stabile dell'Auditorium Parco della Musica, dove si sono svolte le ultime 12 edizioni. Il programma della rassegna è stato molto vario, con proposte per tutti i ...

Stanley Jordan: Standards Volume 1 – 1986

Read "Stanley Jordan: Standards Volume 1 – 1986" reviewed by Marc Davis

In my lust for Blue Note CDs, I've mostly focused on the label's classic period: the 1950s and '60s. That's where you'll find the very best hard bop and soul-jazz ever produced.

But nothing good lasts forever, and no particular musical style stays popular for long. As bop and soul faded, so did Blue ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Jayson Tipp / Under The Lake

Read "Take Five with Jayson Tipp / Under The Lake" reviewed by Under The Lake

About Jayson Tipp from Under The Lake:
“Effervescent, vivacious and all-together engaging" is how one reviewer describes Under The Lake's music, an original sound that Don Dilorio of the North Jersey Herald and News says “doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references." It's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Libertango - The art and music of Leonardo Suarez Paz

Read "Libertango - The art and music of Leonardo Suarez Paz" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Argentinean violinist-composer Leonardo Suarez Paz personifies the tango. Both a dance and a music, Tango bridles with passion and seethes with a barely suppressed sexual tension. “To bridle" is the correct verb here with its dual connotations of intense emotion and constraint. It is far from the braggadocio of immature machismo and speaks instead to a ...