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Article: Album Review

David Angel: Out on the Coast

Read "Out on the Coast" reviewed by Jack Bowers


David Angel, one of the West Coast's best-kept secrets, earns a long-overdue hour or three in the sun and makes every moment count on Out on the Coast, a superlative three-disc anthology that bundles fifteen of his luminous original compositions with seven jazz standards in an invariably pleasurable and charming package. When not teaching, writing or ...

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Article: Album Review

The MUH Trio: A Step Into Light

Read "A Step Into Light" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “MUH" in the MUH Trio is an acronym depicting the surnames of its members, pianist Roberto Magris, bassist Frantisek Uhlir and drummer Jaromir Helesic. Magris is from Italy, Uhlir and Helesic from the Czech Republic. A Step Into Light isn't their first walk around the block; they've been working together on and off for years, ...

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Article: Album Review

John DiMartino: Passion Flower: The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Read "Passion Flower: The Music of Billy Strayhorn" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


Pianist/composer/arranger/producer John DiMartino is a first-call veteran of the New York City jazz scene. This multi-recorded artist has long been a favorite of singers for his gigantic ears and intuitive, uncluttered playing—rare gifts which also enhance any instrumentalist he accompanies or arranges. All of these talents inform DiMartino's splendid Billy Strayhorn tribute, Passion Flower, where he ...

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Article: Profile

The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining


There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

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Article: Live Review

Newport Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Doug Hall


Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 2-4, 2019 The 65th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival continued an established tradition of delivering an exceptional level of high quality musicianship. Over the three fully packed days (and one special evening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame) from August 2nd ...

Article: Album Review

Kate Reid: The Heart Already Knows

Read "The Heart Already Knows" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


There's a special sort of intimacy achieved when a singer performs with the accompaniment of only one instrument. On this CD Kate Reid explores that in a big way, recording duets with two different pianists and three different guitarists. Reid has an appealingly husky alto voice with a casual coziness that adapts nicely to ...

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News: Recording

Saxophonist Dayna Stephens Releases "Gratitude" on Contagious Music

Saxophonist Dayna Stephens Releases "Gratitude" on Contagious Music

Featuring Dayna Stephens, Brad Mehldau, Julian Lage, Larry Grenadier, and Eric Harland. Available on Contagious Music. “Gratitude leaves a lasting impression swimming in honest emotion and beautiful sounds. Dayna Stephens' journey thankfully isn't over, and the results are something we can all be grateful for as well."—Geno Thackara, AllAboutJazz.com “To hear his music is to fall ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Talk Thelonious: NRBQ + Terry Adams plays Terry Adams Arrangements of Thelonious Monk Songs

Read "Talk Thelonious: NRBQ + Terry Adams plays Terry Adams Arrangements of Thelonious Monk Songs" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Musician and AAJ contributor Skip Heller calls the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (NRBQ), “the greatest band of all time." A listen to the band's catalog reveals a depth and breadth of material that betrays an omnivorous appreciation of all American Music, all with a wicked and acute sense-of-humor, something so much music lacks. Never a ...

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Article: Album Review

Indigo Mist: Cuong Vu - Richard Karpen: That The Days Go by and Never Come Again

Read "That The Days Go by and Never Come Again" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Tributo elettroacustico a Duke Ellington e Billy Strayhorn, recita il comunicato stampa per il lancio di That The Days Go By and Never Come Again, album licenziato a nome Indigo Mist. Ci sarebbe da arricciare il naso vista la valanga di operazioni simili che ormai inflazionano da anni mercato discografico e rassegne nazionali, ma se a ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Trio Logic: Phishbacher, Dominic J Marshall, Bob Henschen Trios

Read "Trio Logic: Phishbacher, Dominic J Marshall, Bob Henschen Trios" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The traditional jazz piano trio (piano, double bass and drums) remains a robust and productive format for jazz performance and interpretation. Here are three examples supporting this. Phishbacher Trio Dreamcatcher Jazz Sick Records 2014 Pianist and composer Walter Fischbacher with his wife, singer/composer Elisabeth Lohninger ...


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