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Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's not stretching the imagination to wonder where and how New York City fits the myriad of excellent jazz players who call the city home. They come, gratefully, from everywhere, bringing with them fresh ideas, odd twists on the tried and true and a creative energy that lights this most fertile diaspora.

Making comparisons ...

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Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Brad Whiteley has had a lot of varied experiences in his career. He has played with rock artists like Regina Spektor and David Byrne and improvisers like Dave Liebman and Cameron Mizell. He's also worked on film soundtracks and played in the pit band of a Broadway show. That eclecticism is reflected in Presence--his second ...

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Joanna Wallfisch: Blood & Bone

Read "Blood & Bone" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Put quite simply, Blood & Bone is both the sound of a broken heart laid bare and the sonic summation of a journey toward its reconstruction. It's an album informed by the gravitas of naked truth, finding vocalist Joanna Wallfisch creating and delivering a singular blend of poise, pain, and passion with startling clarity.

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Jonathan Saraga: Journey to a New World

Read "Journey to a New World" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It's been five years since Jonathan Saraga's debut release, First Vision, but the trumpeter's sophomore album was worth waiting for. Saraga's precise and passionate technique, combined with thoughtful, well- constructed compositions (and a couple nicely-arranged cover tunes) make for a stimulating listen that rewards on a number of levels. The record's title captures the feel of ...

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Cameron Mizell: Negative Spaces

Read "Negative Spaces" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Cameron Mizell is not a well-known guitarist but he is a talented one. Working with just keyboards and drums on this CD he goes on an expansive excursion through the realms of jazz, progressive rock, funk and country.

Just the first four tracks, which actually run together without a break, he goes through New ...

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Matthew Sheens: Untranslatable

Read "Untranslatable" reviewed by Ian Patterson

With his impressive debut Every Eight Seconds (Self Produced, 2012) garnering universally positive reviews, Australian-born, New York-based pianist Matthew Sheens returns with an even meatier, juicier follow-up. Every Eight Seconds introduced an original composer, one whose melodic and rhythmic ideas championed narrative over virtuosity. There's perhaps more of Sheens the Downbeat poll-winning pianist this time out ...

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Quentin Angus: Perception

Read "Perception" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Australia boasts an embarrassment of great jazz musicians, an increasing number of whom have made their way to jny:New York in recent years to broaden their horizons. Guitarist Quentin Angus is one such notable Aussie talent. Here Angus follows up his promising debut, Retrieval Structure (Self Produced, 2011) with another assured work that highlights his tasteful ...

Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap

Read "Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap" reviewed by Jason Fifield

This April was a month of truly spectacular music on all fronts in jny: Philadelphia. I know I missed a whole lot (see Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop) but here's my take.

I kicked off the month with my trio Mischa Machez at our monthly First Friday Happy Hour at the Dog ...

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Quentin Angus Quintet: Retrieval Structure

Read "Retrieval Structure" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Hailing from South Australia's elegant and cultural capital of Adelaide, Quentin Angus leads a vibrant and formidable US quintet with the modern fusion-like Retrieval Structure, the young guitarist's debut as leader, delivering a set of fresh, sophisticated compositions. Currently based in New York while he pursues a Master's degree from the State of New York Purchase ...

NEWS: RECORDING

TC III, B.J. Jansen and The Uptown Jazz Collective Release New Album on ARC - Artists Recording Collective

T.C. the rd, B.J. Jansen and The Uptown Jazz Collective have released, She Do What She Do, on the internationally known ARC Artists Recording Collective Label. She Do What She, is dedicated to T.C.'s late mother Trudy Pitts and features one of her original compositions, “Psalm 150." Also featured is the title composition, “She Do What She Do," written by ...