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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Doggy Cats: Daikon Pizza

Read "Daikon Pizza" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Daikon Pizza from pianist Tetsuro Hoshi and The Doggy Cats may never be anyone's idea of essential listening or on anyone's best-of list of desert island must-haves. It might not even sell north, south, east or west of Sunny's Bar, the band's main performance space, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

For jazz-phobic pet lovers and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Noah Preminger Rob Garcia Dead Composers Club: Chopin Project

Read "Chopin Project" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quartetto a doppia firma, questo “club dei compositori morti," con Noah Preminger che ribadisce la sua predilezione per l'organico a quattro, ma agisce qui con una chitarra al posto della tromba (Jason Palmer), confermando peraltro al contrabbasso Kim Cass. Del resto il gruppo, come detto, non è solo suo, con Rob Garcia che—a voler completare il ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Garcia: Drum Solos For Dancers Only

Read "Drum Solos For Dancers Only" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

There's more than enough artistry, craftsmanship and ingenuity in Rob Garcia's Drum Solos For Dancers Only to please the sedentary jazz aficionado. Although the thirteen tracks are intended to spur bodies in motion, his drumming merits scrutiny on purely musical terms. For the most part Garcia executes swinging rhythms much like the ones that drove the ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Despite (or in defiant response to) the difficulties of the streaming age, 2018 has seen another musical bumper crop--especially for those of us who particularly love the sound of the piano. There were enough top-notch offerings to make a list at least twice as long, but these have been the most frequent and satisfying staples in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

Read "Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under" reviewed by Ken Dryden

IntroductionPhillip Johnston is best known to many jazz fans as co-founder of The Microscopic Septet, though the saxophonist and composer has led many groups of his own and co-led others, including Big Trouble, The Transparent Quartet, Fast 'N' Bulbous and The Spokes. In addition, Johnston has composed and performed numerous soundtracks for both silent and modern ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Biskin: Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection

Read "Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Alan Lomax's (1915-2002) field recordings and research heightened our awareness of folk music, i.e. Americana. He reintroduced many of us to our cultural origins where other musical genres received their humble beginnings. Shortly after graduating college, clarinetist, composer Andy Biskin was Lomax's research assistant. And here, the artist revisits the aura of Lomax's lifelong plight and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Biskin 16 Ton: Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection

Read "Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Maybe you're not the type of American comfortable shouting “USA...USA...USA!" at sporting events. You might though, reconsider the prohibition after listening to clarinetist Andy Biskin and 16 Tons' Songs From The Alan Lomax Collection. If you know your history you're aware the ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, beginning just before WWII, recorded (and preserved) folk and blues music ...

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Dead Composers Club: The Chopin Project

Read "The Chopin Project" reviewed by Geno Thackara

We have a pretty clear case of truth in advertising here; this top-notch recording offers exactly what it says on the tin. With the first installment of their Dead Composers Club project, Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia pay affectionate respect to a well-known oeuvre while still keeping it a long way from predictable. Fittingly enough for ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gabrielle Stravelli at The 75 Club

Read "Gabrielle Stravelli at The 75 Club" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Gabrielle Stravelli
The 75 Club
New York, NY
December 18, 2017

Jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli's third album, Dream Ago, was the core subject of an intimate performance at The 75 Club, welcoming to her stage pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Pat O'Leary, and drummer Rob Garcia, and where she proved ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Garcia: Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet

Read "Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Finding In A Oligarchy on a Dying Planet è un disco davvero interessante; medita sul destino del mondo, sulle relazioni sociali, sulle storture e le ipocrisie contemporanee, ma anche sulla possibilità di realizzare il sogno di vivere su un pianeta migliore.
Chiunque lo associasse ai lavori degli anni '50 di Abbey Lincoln e Max Roach, ...