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Christian Sands: Reach Further

Read "Reach Further" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With full gale Monk-ian intensity and flair, pianist Christian Sands' five song EP, Reach Further bursts open with “J-Street" like the grandest, most swinging first flower in the new jazz garden. Then you hit repeat. Repeat again. Then you remember there are four more songs and the garden bursts with color.

Comprised of two ...

Theo Hill: Interstellar Adventures

Read "Interstellar Adventures" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hot on the heels of his heralded 2017 effort Promethean, the five covers and five originals on his latest Interstellar Adventures serve as rousing calling-cards for Theo Hill as he continues his steady, determined ascent into the contemporary ranks of vital and inspired jazz pianists.

With the exciting, percussive talents of bassist Rashaan Carter ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

New Faces: Straight Forward

Read "Straight Forward" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The collection of musicians on this record, collectively referred to as “New Faces," is an attempt by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to create a sampler of the label's mission, utilizing a selection of young leaders to collectively personify their overall musical vision. As stated on the Posi- Tone website, “The entire series of succinct performances included ...

Theo Hill: Promethean

Read "Promethean" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Promethean captures Theo Hill at a significant juncture in his development. The record is ample evidence that the thirty-something New York City-based artist is rapidly securing a place in the crowded field of noteworthy contemporary jazz pianists. On the one hand--particularly during medium and up-tempo cuts such as “This Here," “Hey, It's Me You're Talking To," ...

David Gibson: Inner Agent

Read "Inner Agent" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The idea of creating a safe space to allow for disregarding safety may be paradoxical in nature, but it makes perfect sense when contextualized or couched in jazz terms. There can be no resolution of faith in one's surroundings and colleagues without taking the trust fall, there can be no reward without risk, and there can ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward

Read "David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's late morning on Sunday, January 17, 2016--a wintry New York day that will later see snow--and much of Brooklyn seems to be in a state of hibernation or hiding. There are few signs of life on the streets, but there's no shortage of action in the basement of the former Public School 9 Annex. That's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Gibson: Boom!

Read "Boom!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trombonist David Gibson's Boom!--his sixth leader date, and third release on the Posi-Tone imprint--is something of a fresh start. His two previous releases--A Little Somethin' (Posi-Tone, 2009) and End Of The Tunnel (Posi-Tone, 2011)--were cut from the same cloth, as each largely focused on funk, soul jazz, and swing; both albums also featured the same quartet--Gibson ...

Frank Lacy & the Smalls Legacy Band: Live at Smalls

Read "Live at Smalls" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Da un paio d'anni il trombonista Frank Lacy guida un sestetto di giovani emergenti che ora presenta in questo scintillante compact live, tratto da due serate (16 e 17 ottobre 2012) allo Smalls Jazz Club di New York.

Ku-umba mette in evidenza la lunga esperienza di hard-bopper svolta nei gruppi di McCoy Tyner, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

T.K. Blue: Latin Bird

Read "Latin Bird" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Saxophonist Charlie “Bird" Parker is primarily remembered as an incendiary, revolutionary, improvisatory soloist, but he often expressed his style through composition, and many of Parker's original tunes became part of the modern jazz canon. Latin Bird, saxophonist T.K. Blue's label debut for Motema, his ninth release as a leader, reworks eight of Parker's tunes in Afro-Cuban, ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Jazz Mergers & Acquisitions

Read "Jazz Mergers & Acquisitions" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki



T. K. Blue

Latin Bird

Motéma Music

2011

Saxophonist Charlie “Bird" Parker is primarily remembered as an incendiary, revolutionary, improvisatory soloist, but he often expressed his style through composition, and many of Parker's original tunes became part of the modern jazz canon. Latin Bird, saxophonist T.K. Blue's label ...