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Mike Pope: Cold Truth Warm Heart

Read "Mike Pope: Cold Truth Warm Heart" reviewed by John Kelman

Cold Truth Warm Heart isn't Mike Pope's first album as a leader (it's his third), but in the 12 years since The Lay of the Land (Whaling City Sound, 2002), the bassist has, in addition to some serious life-changers, forged a relationship with two musicians of unequivocal significance. First appearing on Joe Locke's State of Soul ...

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Mike Pope: Cold Truth, Warm Heart

Read "Cold Truth, Warm Heart" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

More than a decade separates Cold Truth, Warm Heart and bassist Mike Pope's previous album, but he hasn't exactly been sitting by idly and twiddling his thumbs in the intervening years. His professional life has been filled with high profile work, as he's held down the fort for everybody from vibraphonist Joe Locke to guitarist Chuck ...

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Michael Blanco: No Time Like The Present

Read "No Time Like The Present" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A talented in-demand Broadway/jazz bassist, Michael Blanco's No Time Like The Present announces his second album as leader presenting a collection of refreshing new jazz originals offered by a dynamic quintet that features veteran saxophonist John Ellis and New York guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg among the cast. The two-time recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer ...

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Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra: Bloom

Read "Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra: Bloom" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The difference between a “big band" and an “orchestra" in jazz is usually more than nominal in nature. On the surface, they may seem the same, but their intent, musical scope and arranging/compositional methodology are usually very different. While it can be seen as a bit of a generalization, the “band" tag often refers to groups ...

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Greg Ward's Fitted Shards: South Side Story

Read "South Side Story" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

South Side Story dovrebbe essere nelle intenzioni dell'autore la sintesi più significativa della sua storia musicale. Che ha attraversato gli ambienti più disparati, dall'avanguardia di Chicago, al jazz platinato di Al Jarreau, dalle collaborazioni con uno storico interprete come Von Freeman agli esperimenti elettronici di Prefuse 73 per citarne alcuni. Fitted Shards sono i frammenti delle ...

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Greg Ward's Fitted Shards: South Side Story

Read "South Side Story" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Saxophonist Greg Ward's moderately esoteric spin on jazz signals an artist who has traversed diverse paths, including stints with electronica artist Prefuse 73, and stalwarts of progressive jazz, such as drummer Hamid Drake and saxophonist Von Freeman. Here, Ward compiles a textural and hard-hitting modus operandi, largely evidenced on “Step Forward." This piece is dabbled with ...


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