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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

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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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 ...

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.

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES
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 ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel

Read "Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Maurice Ravel is not only one of the great authors of 20th century classical music, but one of a handful of classical composers to have demonstrated an interest in jazz. During his tour of the United States in 1928, Ravel went to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, or Connie's Inn and the nearby Cotton Club, to ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Dave Potter

Read "Take Five with Dave Potter" reviewed by David Potter

About Dave Potter Dave Potter is quickly becoming known as a formidable musician. He has performed with many well-known jazz artists and recorded four albums with Jason Marsalis. Following his graduation from Florida State University in 2005, he was chosen from a national pool of applicants to be a member of the Louis Armstrong ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Four New Releases From ECM Records: Vijay Iyer Sextet, Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Gary Peacock Trio, and David Virelles

Four New Releases From ECM Records: Vijay Iyer Sextet, Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Gary Peacock Trio, and David Virelles

August 25 Vijay Iyer Sextet Far From Over Vijay Iyer: piano, fender rhodes; Graham Haynes: cornet, flugelhorn, electronics Steve Lehman: alto saxophone; Mark Shim: tenor saxophone; Stephan Crump: double bass Tyshawn Sorey: drums Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014—Far ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Edward Simon: Latin American Songbook

Read "Latin American Songbook" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dall'attuale residenza di San Francisco, Edward Simon rammenta le musiche che hanno segnato la sua infanzia. “Uno dei vantaggi di essere cresciuto in Venezuela--scrive nelle note del CD--sono stati i differenti influssi musicali provenienti da tutte le parti del continente americano e dai Caraibi. C'è tanta grande musica esistente in questa parte del mondo che si ...


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