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Article: Interview

Steven Feifke: Kinetic

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In terms of physics, kinetic energy is described as a force or power which a body or object possesses by virtue of being in motion. With reference to the aptly named debut from the Steven Feifke Big Band, that ideal is fully applicable. Kinetic, recorded in early 2019 and released in April of 2021, capitalizes on ...

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Article: Book Review

Little Leaps and Sounds: 12 Intermediate Jazz Studies

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Little Leaps and Sounds: 12 Intermediate Jazz Studies Adam Larson 61 Pages Self Published 2021 When enterprising tenor saxophonist Adam Larson released Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes For Jazz Saxophone (Self-Published, 2018), there wasn't anything quite like it in the educational market. Using contrafacts to push technique in ...

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Article: Interview

Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived

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By February of 2019, Dan McCarthy had reached the end of his time in New York. “The movers had come and packed everything up, and my wife and son were already in Toronto at my parents' house. I was at our apartment in Crown Heights and I only had a few things, including my vibes," he ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Holz: Live in New York & L.A.

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While Live in New York & L.A. is a split-scene production crossing coasts, spanning several years and utilizing different personnel lists, it offers a cohesive playlist. Not surprisingly, Bob Holz ties everything together with his kit and charisma. Mixing standards and originals to good effect, this Berklee-trained drummer, who previously worked with everybody from guitarist Larry ...

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Article: Album Review

Scott DuBois: Summer Water

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The third album in guitarist Scott DuBois' survey of the seasons is a story of both inverse relationships and connected themes. Composed in a frigid Chicago winter, the album speaks of summer's warmth; shaped by symphonic inspirations and aspirations, the music surprisingly cuts the other way in featuring solo guitar without overdubs; and bent on creating ...

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Article: Album Review

Sandra Marlowe: The Heart Always Remembers

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The heart always remembers, but so too do the ears. Vocalist Sandra Marlowe, probably aware of that fact, quickly grabs attention by demonstrating a real métier for metric play and gymnastics on pianist Larry Dunlap's witty, album-opening arrangement of “Fascinating Rhythm." Once that focus is on her work, Marlowe doesn't let up. In short order there's ...

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Article: Album Review

Janis Mann & Kenny Werner: Dreams of Flying

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Janis Mann has quietly but steadily amassed an impressive body of work over the course of more than two decades. For this, the vocalist's eighth album, she brings studio and stage into beautiful alignment with different, intimate configurations hinging on the constant presence of pianist Kenny Werner. The majority of this music was recorded in 2016 ...

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Jesse Mogale: Heritage from an African Continent

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The debut from Jesse Mogale is a statement of self-understanding and an elaboration on relational identity—this South African bassist's means of discovering himself and creating music driven by and juxtaposed against broader backdrops, including the reach of his own past, the culture of his homeland, the shape and history of the entire African continent and the ...

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Article: Album Review

Omar Sosa: An East African Journey

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Back in 2009, Omar Sosa took part in an eight-stop trio tour of East Africa. Serving multiple purposes, it gave the pianist a chance to work with Senegalese singer Mola Sylla and Mozambican bassist Childo Tomas while connecting with the people, operated as the subject for a French-funded documentary and provided an opportunity for cross-cultural collaborations ...

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Article: Album Review

Nelson Riveros: The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery

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After delving into the repertoire of legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery at a gig in the not-so-distant past, six-stringer Nelson Riveros was struck with the idea for this tribute project. Playing true to Montgomery's work and legacy, while pulling from his own Colombian roots and imbuing the music with varied elements drawn from the broader Latin lexicon, ...


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