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Carlos Santana

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Best known the world over for the group that bears his name, Carlos Santana has been reinventing and reshaping the landscape of the known universe's musical culture for close to four decades. A visionary artist with no regards for genre boundaries, Carlos' fluid sound long ago laid claim to the concept of "world music" before the term ever surfaced on pop culture radar. Having evolved and expanded for over four decades, the "Carlos" sound could well be on its way to becoming interplanetary music. Born in Autlan de Navarro, Mexico•where there's now a street and public square in his name—to the son of a virtuoso Mariachi violinist, Carlos followed in his father's musical footsteps, taking up the violin at the age of five

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Article: Interview

Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters

Read "Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Javon Jackson, he of the sonorous tenor tone and the inquisitive musical mind, embarked last year on a musical project with a different twist. Jackson, a follower of Sonnys Stitt and Rollins, is known as a a jazz fiend, one of the dauntless players of his era. His superb playing is marked by ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Henry Kaiser & Rome Yamilov and Bernard Allison: Blues Changes

Read "Henry Kaiser & Rome Yamilov and Bernard Allison: Blues Changes" reviewed by Doug Collette


Is blues music the most mutable of all musical forms? It's a question worth asking when taking into account the expanse of styles within the genre that stretch all the way from the skeletal acoustic likes of Son House and Reverend Gary Davis to the earthshaking electric onslaughts of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Henry ...

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Article: Live Review

Ravi Coltrane at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Ravi Coltrane at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Ravi Coltrane SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, California April 29, 2022 When you have a famous father, whether you are Seun Kuti, Miley Cyrus, or one of the innumerable talented offspring of other celebrated musicians, expectations can be enormous. That especially holds true when one is the second son of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: MatchPoint

Read "MatchPoint" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Registrato prima della pandemia e pubblicato lo scorso dicembre, il nuovo album del pianista triestino nasce in uno dei suoi soggiorni statunitensi. Com'è noto Roberto Magris pubblica dal 2007 con l'etichetta di Kansas City JMood Records e, come già successo col disco Live in Miami comprendente Brian Lynch, uno dei suoi “approdi" è la metropoli della ...

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Article: In Pictures

Mdou Moctar At The Brooklyn Academy Of Music Opera House

Read "Mdou Moctar At The Brooklyn Academy Of Music Opera House" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


Mdou Moctar has a reputation for engrossing live performances and this concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House (BAM) on Friday, 25 February, was no exception. He is riding the crest of the popularity of his most recent album, the excellent Afrique Victime, (Matador Records) which made end-of-year best album lists for 2021 in ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Mareille Merck

Read "Take Five with Mareille Merck" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Mareille Merck Mareille Merck is a guitarist and composer who was born in Germany and lives in jny: Zurich, Switzerland. She studied with Frank Möbus, Lionel Loueke, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Roberto Bossard and Kalle Kalima. At the young age of 25 she has already shared the stage with John McLaughlin and Michael League from Snarky Puppy. ...

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments

Read "Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb: “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage them, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers their tastes and sensibilities. This So You Don't Like Jazz column explores ways ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Julian Lage: Notes With The Weight Of Words

Read "Julian Lage: Notes With The Weight Of Words" reviewed by Leo Sidran


When Julian Lage plays guitar, it's hard not to get swept up in it. His relationship with the instrument is natural and contagious. Maybe that's because it's been with him for most of his life. When he was just 8 years old, Julian was the subject of an Academy Award nominated documentary film called Jules at ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Green: Dime Dancing: The Music Of Steely Dan

Read "Dime Dancing: The Music Of Steely Dan" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


It is not hard to imagine jazz versions of Steely Dan songs, as they are rich in knotty harmonies and dark lyrics that belie their mainstream pop success. But you would probably have to be guitarist Andrew Green to imagine them arranged for chamber ensembles dominated by woodwinds and strings (as well as vocalist Miriam Waks ...


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