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Who Was Bill Evans?

Bill Evans, one of the most influential and tragic figures of the post-bop jazz piano, was known for his highly nuanced touch, the clarity of the feeling content of his music and his reform of the chord voicing system pianists used. He recorded over fifty albums as leader and received five Grammy awards. He spawned a school of "Bill Evans style" or "Evans inspired" pianists, who include some of the best known artists of our day, including Michel Petrucciani, Andy Laverne, Richard Beirach, Enrico Pieranunzi and Warren Bernhardt. His inescapable influence on the very sound of jazz piano has touched virtually everybody of prominence in the field after him (as well as most of his contemporaries), and he remains a monumental model for jazz piano students everywhere, even inspiring a newsletter devoted solely to his music and influence.

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Tales: Live in Copenhagen (1964)

Label: Elemental Music
Released: 2024
Track listing: Waltz for Debby; My Foolish Heart; How My Heart Sings; Sweet and Lovely; I Didn't Know What Time it Was; Five; My Foolish Heart #2; How My Heart Sings #2; Sweet and Lovely; Five#2 'Round Midnight.

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The Legendary Trio At Birdland 1960 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2024
Track listing: Our Delight; Autumn Leaves; Beautiful Love; Autumn Leaves; Come Rain Or Come Shine; Come Rain Or Come Shine; Nardis; Blue In Green; Autumn Leaves; All Of You; Come Rain Or Come Shine; Speak Low.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The (Record Store) Day After - Part 1

Read "The (Record Store) Day After - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This is a special edition of Mondo Jazz focusing on soon-to-be collector's items which were released on the occasion of the first Record Store Day of 2024. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Cannonball Adderley “Walk Tall" Poppin' in Paris: Live at ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Pianist Marta Karassawa

Read "Take Five with Pianist Marta Karassawa" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Marta Karassawa Marta Karassawa, a Brazilian pianist and arranger, graduated from Berklee College of Music and formed the Marta Karassawa Quintet in 2001, bringing to light the nostalgia of the great jazz quintets of the '40s and '50s. With it, she performed on the stages of various clubs and festivals. Now, completely revamped, she leads ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters: Stephane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters

Read "Stephane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


In the dense jungle of contemporary jazz, where rhythm is both compass and sustenance, Belgian drummer Stéphane Galland emerges as our audacious guide. His European ensemble, The Rhythm Hunters, embarks on a musical safari that transcends borders, time zones and conventional beats. From the initial moments of the album's opener, “Morpheus," listeners are transported ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Tony Monaco Trio and Mark Egan-Shawn Pelton-Shane Theriot: Three Is Not A Crowd

Read "Tony Monaco Trio and Mark Egan-Shawn Pelton-Shane Theriot: Three Is Not A Crowd" reviewed by Doug Collette


Say what we might about quartets, quintets, sextets and beyond, it might be fair to say the trio is the most potent instrumental lineup of them all. Three-piece ensembles hold a special place in the annals of improvisational music (and not just in the jazz milieu: the term 'power trio' was coined in the rock realm ...

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Article: Album Review

Vinicius Cantuaria: Psychedelic Rio

Read "Psychedelic Rio" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Formed in Rio in 1968 when he was 17 and Brazil was under military rule, O Terço (The Third/Rosary) was singer-songwriter and guitarist Vinicius Cantuária's first working band. He played drums with the trio, which was, as he put it, “under the influence" of Crosby Stills & Nash. One can hear other psychedelic-folk-rock influences as well. ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five From Aaron Irwin

Read "Take Five From Aaron Irwin" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Aaron Irwin Critically acclaimed saxophonist, multi-woodwind player, and composer Aaron Irwin is a compelling voice of his generation. Known as a “lyrical alto saxophonist and a compelling original composer" (The New Yorker), Irwin is a sought-after commodity in the New York jazz scene. Aaron Irwin celebrates his latest project: (After) (Adhyâropa Records, 2024). His ninth ...

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Article: Album Review

Brian Bromberg: LaFaro

Read "LaFaro" reviewed by Joshua Weiner


As much as one can appreciate the astonishing stylistic breadth of music that is gathered under the banner of “jazz" today, for many listeners there remains nothing like a supremely swinging straight-ahead date for listening pleasure. For those folks, Brian Bromberg's gorgeous new album LaFaro delivers on many levels: musicianship, sound quality, thematic cohesion and classic ...


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