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Caroline Davis


Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer and saxophonist Caroline Davis’s music covers a wide range of styles, owed to her shifting environment as a child. As a leader, she has released six albums: Live Work & Play (2012), Doors: Chicago Storylines (2015), Heart Tonic (2018), Alula (2019), Anthems (2019), and Portals (2021). She won Downbeat’s Critic’s Poll Rising Star Alto- Saxophonist (2018) and was listed in both Downbeat’s Readers Poll (2021) and JazzTimes Expanded Critics Poll (2021). Her work has garnered much praise from NPR, The New York Times, The Wire, DownBeat, JazzTimes, and many international publications. Davis is active as both a side-person and a leader in a diverse set of music communities (jazz, improvised music, modern classical, R&B, folk)


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Favourite Releases of 2023

Read "Favourite Releases of 2023" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

For a show that doesn't turn to tradition very often, there is one on One Man's Jazz: the first show of a new year features the host's favourite releases of the outgoing year. 2023 was an excellent year for new albums--post-pandemic inspiration perhaps? Regardless, big props are due to the artists who create this music and ...


Article: Album Review

Yuhan Su: Liberated Gesture

Read "Liberated Gesture" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

A remarkable feature of vibraphonist Yuhan Su's captivating fourth release as a leader, LIberated Gesture, is its cohesiveness and narrative quality. Even though only three tracks are part of a suite, common motifs and logical transitions interconnect all ten. This and the sublime balance between the emotional and the cerebral endows the work with its enchanting ...


Article: What is Jazz?

2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Twenty years is a remarkable milestone for any activity, let alone one that comes with the wear and tear of a high-profile jazz festival that every year strives to up its own ante, like the Winter JazzFest. From January 11 to 18, 2024, fans, musicians, promoters and other industry people from around the world ...


Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...


Liberated Gesture

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Hi-Tech Pros and Cons; Character; Naked Swimmer; Didion; She Goes To A Silent War; Siren Days; Liberated Gesture II. Arc; Liberated Gesture III. Tightrope Walk; Liberated Gesture IV. Hartung's Light; Hassan's Fashion Magazine.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kate Gentile, Swell / Tokar / Kugel & Richard Davis

Read "Kate Gentile, Swell / Tokar / Kugel & Richard Davis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Drummer Kate Gentile's new Find Letter X is extremely inventive and original--one of the best of the year and featured in this edition. The new em>For The People Of The Open Heart by trombonist Steve Swell, bassist Mark Tokar & drummer Klaus Kugel is another exceptional release. Also new and notable are pianist Satoko Fujii with ...


Article: Play This!

Yuhan Su: Naked Swimmer

Read "Yuhan Su: Naked Swimmer" reviewed by John Chacona

For Liberated Gesture, her fourth release, Taiwan-born, New York vibraphonist Yuhan Su assembled a band of saxophonist Caroline Davis, pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Marty Kenney and drummer Dan Weiss, all of whom play at their usual exalted level. That's fast company, but Su holds her own, moving smoothly in and out of taut ensemble passages and ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Mikkelborg, Haynes, Wharton, And More

Read "New Releases From Mikkelborg, Haynes, Wharton, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new releases from Palle Mikkelborg with Jakob Bro and Marilyn Mazur, Phil Haynes, Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm, Kevin Sun, Caroline Davis, Tani Tabbal, Mendoza Hoff Revels, Lafayette Gilchrist, Michael Dease, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Nick Steed, and Sam Ross. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Palle Mikkelborg, Jakob Bro, Marilyn Mazur “Gefion" from Strands--Live ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Angelica Sanchez, Sylvie Courvoisier, Rodrigo Amado & Jeff Cosgrove

Read "Angelica Sanchez, Sylvie Courvoisier, Rodrigo Amado & Jeff Cosgrove" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's some great new music coming your way in this edition: Portuguese saxophone powerhouse Rodrigo Amado's Bridge Quartet is free jazz royalty with pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, bassist Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten & drummer Gerry Hemingway. Their new album Beyond The Margins is a must-listen. So are new albums from two of the leading pianists around today: Angelica ...


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