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Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble: Crisis

Read "Crisis" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his third album with the Two Rivers ensemble, Crisis trumpeter and composer Amir ElSaffar continues to explore the Arabic Maqam modal system. He uses this melodic type in a context with strong American influences and particularly jazz sensibilities. The result is not merely a superficial, kitschy fusion but true marriage of two improvisational traditions.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Amir ElSaffar: Crisis

Read "Crisis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Chicago area native, Amir ElSaffar has been working inside and outside the typical context of jazz since his Two Rivers Ensemble debut, Two Rivers (PI Recordings, 2007). The trumpeter and composer (and master santour player) has built a unique musical architecture based his study of the microtonal techniques of his ancestral Iraqi maqam. While ElSaffar was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Nathan Hook's Mobiustrip at Somethin' Jazz Club

Read "Nathan Hook's Mobiustrip at Somethin' Jazz Club" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Nathan Hook's Mobiustrip Somethin' Jazz Club New York, NY Tenor saxophonist Nathan Hook's Mobiustrip opened their set at Somethin Jazz Club in Midtown East, NYC with a tune called “You Probably Thought This Would Be Fun," and it was appropriate. This is not to say that Hook's music was unenjoyable or ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open 2013-2014 Season Opens On October 19 With Bklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble + Works!

Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open 2013-2014 Season Opens On October 19 With Bklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble + Works!

Connection Works, One of the Leaders in the Growing Movement of Artist-run Organizations, Proudly Announces the 2013-14 Season of Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open The distinguished concert, dialogue and workshop series. Now in its seventh season, the series takes place at the Brooklyn Conservatory in Park Slope, Brooklyn Saturday, October 19 @ 8:00 PM WORKS ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Legendary New Orleans Pianist Henry Butler Joins Richi Debonis' Nowtet For A Special One-time Performance at NYC's 78 Below

Legendary New Orleans Pianist Henry Butler Joins Richi Debonis' Nowtet For A Special One-time Performance at NYC's 78 Below

The legendary New Orleans pianist Henry Butler joins underground legend Richi DeBonis — a.k.a. Richi Van Zeppelin — and his NOWtet ensemble for a rare, one-time performance at New York's 78 Below club on Thursday, September 12 at 10 PM. DeBonis and his NOWtet are coming off of a celebrated stand at the Denver jazz club ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tyshawn Sorey: Composite Reality

Read "Tyshawn Sorey: Composite Reality" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Though Tyshawn Sorey's Oblique-I (Pi Recordings, 2011) is his most recent release to date, it's actually comprised of some of the percussionist/composer's earliest work. Containing music that is sonically dense, enormously challenging and (as the title suggests) consistently blurs and obscures the lines drawn between improvisation and composition, it has been hailed by critics and fans ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

27th Havana International Jazz Festival: Havana, Cuba, December 15-18, 2011

Read "27th Havana International Jazz Festival: Havana, Cuba, December 15-18, 2011" reviewed by Louis Heckheimer

27th Havana International Jazz Festival Havana International Jazz Festival Plaza Havana, Cuba December 15-18, 2011 [Note: This is the second of a series of articles reporting on concerts and other activities that took place, as well as profiles of Cuban musicians who took part.] The Havana International Jazz Festival ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble: Inana

Read "Inana" reviewed by Troy Collins

Born in Chicago to an American mother and Iraqi father, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar put his promising jazz career on hold in 2002 to study traditional Iraqi maqam abroad. His 2007 debut, Two Rivers (Pi Recordings), bore the fruit of his international studies, successfully fusing venerable aspects of the Iraqi classical vocal tradition with advanced improvisation techniques ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Alto and soprano saxophonist Benjamin Drazen's smashing debut recording as a leader contains all of the essential ingredients for a meaningful mainstream jazz record. The leader's seven original compositions are a diverse, substantial, and pleasantly familiar lot. Drazen and pianist Jon Davis, the disc's primary soloists, play in the moment and think their way through improvisations ...


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