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An undeniable creative force on the international jazz scene for the last two decades, drummer and composer Adam Cruz is best known for his work with Danilo Perez, Steve Wilson, David Sanchez and Edward Simon. Born in New York City in 1970, Cruz worked extensively with saxophonist David Sanchez and the Mingus Big Band during the 1990’s. He then toured briefly with Chick Corea, recording Origin - A Week at the Blue Note, and spent the end of the decade touring in a duo setting with guitarist Charlie Hunter. In recent years Cruz has forged a steady musical relationship with pianist Danilo Perez and is a member of the Danilo Perez Trio, which also features bassist Ben Street

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Article: Interview

My Conversation with Tom Harrell

Read "My Conversation with Tom Harrell" reviewed by AAJ Staff


We rummaged through our extensive pre-database archive and discovered a May 1999 interview with Tom Harrell, who celebrated his 75th birthday this past week. We published two other interviews with Tom: November 2003 and May 2009. AAJ: Do you recall when you were first exposed to jazz? TH: Well, I was fortunate ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

John Patitucci: The Quintessence of Acoustic and Electric

Read "John Patitucci: The Quintessence of Acoustic and Electric" reviewed by Jim Worsley


John Patitucci had his life's work in mind at age twelve, At a time when most of us were worried about junior high school and pimples, Patitucci concluded that he was to be a professional musician. This was no typical young boy fantasy of playing center field for the Yankees, being an astronaut, or even being ...

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Article: Album Review

Edward Simon: 25 Years

Read "25 Years" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Al pubblico del jazz non piacciono molto le compilations ma questa del pianista Edward Simon è speciale. I diciassette brani del doppio CD sono stati scelti da lui--come bilancio e riflessione personale nel 25° anno della sua attività da leader--e forniscono una variopinta retrospettiva delle sue tappe musicali. «L'idea mi è venuta l'anno scorso (2019) quando ...

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25 Years

Label: Ridgeway Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: Erika; Alma Llanera; Govinda; Fiestas; Simplicity; Pathless Path; Pere; Impossible Question.

CD 2: What If?; Aguantando; Caballo Viejo; Barinas; Uninvited Thoughts; Navigator; Gracias A La Vida; Venezuela Unida; Triumphs.

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Article: Album Review

Marco Pignataro: Almas Antiguas

Read "Almas Antiguas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Trying to place the music of saxophonist Marco Pignataro squarely in a single space, musical or otherwise, is a fruitless endeavor. His roots span oceans, his sound draws on myriad sources, and his open approach to influence and association(s) catapults him to another realm entirely. Yet all roads paved by heart and art in tandem tend ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

3x3: Piano Trios, vol. III

Read "3x3: Piano Trios, vol. III" reviewed by Geno Thackara


More evidence that three is truly a magic number, as explorations in this format remain as expansive and inventive as ever... Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ the Village Vanguard Palmetto Records 2018 Fine artists can aspire to appear in the Louvre someday. Comics might hope for a Las Vegas ...

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Article: Album Review

Bruno Raberg: Tailwind

Read "Tailwind" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


In a 2005 interview, double bassist Bruno Råberg discussed how Scandinavian music reflects the country's vast mountains and forests. “You can see very far and that calmness and meditative spirituality comes through," he says. Born in Sweden, but a longtime resident of Boston, you sense Råberg still carries his homeland close to the heart.

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Article: In Pictures

Tom Harrell at the Blue Note in Milan

Read "Tom Harrell at the Blue Note in Milan" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli


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Article: Interview

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...


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