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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzkaar 2017

Read "Jazzkaar 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazzkaar 2017
Tallinn, Estonia
April 21-30, 2017

Jazzkaar covers most territories. This exceptional 10-day festival presents the best players on the indigenous Estonian scene, imports big-name acts from the USA, and also invites some choice artists from around the rest of Europe. Some shows represent jazz in mainstream mode, whilst ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Spyro Gyra: The Rhinebeck Sessions

Read "The Rhinebeck Sessions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In 2014, the Buffalo, NY band Spyro Gyra will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Indeed, a remarkable feat. Well-known for cross- pollinating contemporary jazz with jazz-fusion, the musicians merge an amenable game plan with engaging melodies and largely buoyant grooves amid a sense of bravado, stemming from their formidable chops and intense improv segments. The group locks ...

Spyro Gyra: A Foreign Affair

Read "A Foreign Affair" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Odori caraibici, jazz in senso ampio e soluzioni vagamente pop: sono questi gli elementi che caratterizzano il nuovo lavoro targato Spyro Gyra, caratteristiche che ne hanno segnato - con risultati alterni - l'intera carriera. A Foreign Affair è un contenitore dove trova posto una musica a volte trascurabile, come testimoniato dall'iniziale “Caribe," ma altre volte più intrigante, come la ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Peter MacDonough releases Latin-flavored homage to The Wizard of Oz

(Sydney, Australia)—It would seem fitting that a tribute album to The Wizard of Oz would be by a man from Oz. But don't peg The Woo: A Latin Jazz Suite for Soprano Saxophone as some novelty item. Saxophonist Peter MacDonough has reinterpreted songs from the 1939 film in an Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian context. The Wizard of ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Jay Beckenstein

Read "Take Five with Jay Beckenstein" reviewed by Mark Scoop Malinowski



Status: Jazz artist. Founding member of the group Spyro Gyra.

DOB: May 14, 1951 In: Brooklyn, N.Y.

First Jazz Memory: “I met Cannonball Adderley when I was 12. He did a school performance around where I lived and I was just blown away."

Inspirations: “The greats of jazz. ...

Sarah Manning: Dandelion Clock

Read "Dandelion Clock" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It may take years of listening before a music enthusiast can identify the sound of a musician, distinct and separate from others who play the same instrument. David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer and Jay Beckenstein are just a few examples of saxophonists whose voices are easily distinguished. Sarah Manning hopes to join their ranks.

Manning ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paul Taylor: Burnin'

Read "Burnin'" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It's refreshing when a contemporary artists steps outside the box and revisits an old style of music. Even more so when it's not simply a collection of covers. Paul Taylor scores with Burnin'.

A native of Denver and a musical product of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Taylor began developing his saxophone skills at ...

Take Five With Quintin Gerard W.

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Instrument(s):

Saxophones, flute, keyboards.



Teachers and/or influences? Earl Turbinton (teacher), Rick Margitza (teacher), Kenny Garrett (teacher), Dexter Gordon (influence), Miles Davis (influence).

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I first heard my older brother perform in the local high school marching band. He played clarinet and my ...

Chuck Loeb: Between 2 Worlds

Read "Between 2 Worlds" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

A knock on smooth jazz is that it's too bland--safe for those who don't fully appreciate instrumental music, but boring to those who do. Once in a while an artist whose music fits within the format breaks from the pack. Enter guitarist Chuck Loeb.

Over the years, Loeb has associated with many across ...