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The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

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On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

Arturo O'Farrill, Chucho Valdes: Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico

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Dizzy Gillespie ricordava con amarezza il modo con cui la critica jazz aveva trattato la sua collaborazione col conguero Chano Pozo, giudicandola un'eccentricità marginale. Il trombettista la giudicava invece il momento culminante della sua carriera. Quell'atteggiamento verso il cosiddetto Latin Jazz è ancora diffuso e il multiforme terreno d'incontro tra jazz e musiche dei caraibi è ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dafnis Prieto: Cross-Cultural Mix

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Dafnis Prieto is one of the leading drummers and composers of his generation. Forty-four years old and Cuban born, Prieto moved to jny: New York City in 1999. The early 2000's found Prieto employed as a sideman by several prominent musicians, including Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Dave Samuels and Arturo O'Farrill. In the following ...

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Dafnis Prieto: una miscela di culture

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Dafnis Prieto è uno dei massimi batteristi e compositori della sua generazione. 44 anni, nato a Cuba, Prieto è emigrato nel 1999 a New York dove ha iniziato a collaborare con i massimi leader latini (Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Arturo O'Farrill) e con esponenti d'avanguardia come Henry Threadgill e Steve Coleman. Dotato di una ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Steve Bryant's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Steve Bryant's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Steve Bryant

My personal favorites from 2017. The best of the best.

Joey DeFrancesco + The People
Project Freedom
Mack Avenue

Eddie Palmieri
Sabiduria
Ropeadope

Jazzmeia Horn
Social Call
Concord

Charles Lloyd New Quartet ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Riccardo Fassi: Tankio Band Meets Fabio Morgera

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Una degli organici più longevi d'Italia (34 anni di vita!) incontra Fabio Morgera, trombettista nato a Napoli, toscano d'adozione e maturato artisticamente a New York, dove ha vissuto per qualche decennio. La storia della Tankio Band è costellata di collaborazioni con illustri ospiti -da Steve Grossman a Enrico Rava, da Antonello Salis a Dave Fiuczynski--in progetti ...

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2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fredrik Ljungkvist & Mattias Risberg: And Now the Queen - A Tribute to Carla Bley

Read "And Now the Queen - A Tribute to Carla Bley" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Carla Bley's compositions have been recorded by a seemingly endless list of artists including Jaco Pastorius, Arturo O'Farrill, Eberhard Weber, Jan Garbarek, Jimmy Giuffre and extensively by her former husband, the late Paul Bley. She has been revolutionary in the scope of her work which has run from the jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill (JCOA ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Dafnis Prieto: A World Of Rhythmic Possibilities

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A World Of Rhythmic Possibilites
Dafnis Prieto
276 Pages
ISBN: #978-0-692-65526-9
Dafnison Music
2016

Learning to fluently and fluidly dissect, construct, and speak rhythms through the drums is a lifelong process of study, discovery, and growth. Touching on the new while truly expanding that coded language is incredibly ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stephan Crump: Stephan Crump's Rhombal

Read "Stephan Crump's Rhombal" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Often times, a jazz performance without a chordal instrument, a guitar or piano, is considered to be flying without a net. Exciting, but often without aim. It routinely relies on just one powerful figure to command the proceedings. That is, unless the ensemble is configured under egalitarian principles. Equal contribution and respect for the differing voices ...