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Article: Album Review

Dan Schnelle: Shine Thru

Read "Shine Thru" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


This debut album from one of the West Coast's go-to drummers delivers an empyrean escape while offering a clear look at the impressive inner workings of a beautiful mind in motion. Those who know Dan Schnelle as a sideman will recognize his master musicianship right off the bat as he lays the foundation for this absorbing ...

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Article: In Pictures

A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith

Read "A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


The great master of the Hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith, passed away in September 2021 at 79. Smith enjoyed a more than 50-year career at the vanguard of soul jazz. His influence extended far beyond that genre to electronic, hip-hop, and funk artists. Smith remained at the peak of his powers as a musician and ...

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Shane Cooper & Mabuta: Finish The Sun

Read "Finish The Sun" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


On Mabuta's debut—Welcome To This World (Afrosynth Records, 2018)—South African bassist, electronic musician and composer Shane Cooper introduced ears to a leading-edge ensemble intent on delivering trippy, dance-friendly designs. Now, with this second album, he doubles down on that core concept, delivering a heap of hip groovers which draw strength from Pan-African influences and ride high ...

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Yuval Amihai: My 90s Summer

Read "My 90s Summer" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


This fourth album from Yuval Amihai takes inspiration from the halcyon days of a summer long past, recalling formative experiences of a youth spent in the desert city of Beer Sheva in Israel. But it also draws heavily on the guitarist's globetrotting as an adult, looking toward years spent in France and a new life in ...

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The Relay: The Relay

Read "The Relay" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Artistic cooperation and cohesion are evident from the first notes of The Relay's eponymous debut. With saxophonist Dan Pratt's “Four for," the composer and pianist Michael Eckroth— this quartet's co-leaders—sync up with a bright and fragmented melody line which seeds overlapping solos that sprout when bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Allan Mednard enter the picture. Referencing ...

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Melanie Scholtz & Jo Skaansar: Kindred

Read "Kindred" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


It only takes a few seconds to recognize the strong musical bonds linking South African-born, New York-based vocalist Melanie Scholtz and Norwegian bassist Jo Skaansar. Having worked together for years, these two tend to operate on a higher plane. That's been made perfectly clear on stages throughout the world and with Skaansar's appearances on Scholtz's Connected ...

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News: TV / Film

The Harborfields High School Jazz Band celebrates community in premiering Alan Ferber's arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim's 'The Wedding'

The Harborfields High School Jazz Band celebrates community in premiering Alan Ferber's arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim's 'The Wedding'

In a time when isolation and distancing seemed to define school settings, the Harborfields High School Jazz Band sought to cut against the grain and promote the joys inherent in the communal nature of music and creative expression. In early 2021, the band’s director—veteran educator and noted jazz journalist Dan Bilawsky—decided to follow through on a ...

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Article: In Pictures

Liz Terrell Album Release at The Zeider's American Dream Theater

Read "Liz Terrell Album Release at The Zeider's American Dream Theater" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Liz Terrell released her stellar debut album, It's Alright With Me in front of a hundred or so appreciative fans at The Zeider's American Dream Theater. Backed by her on album band, Chris Brydge on bass, Daniel Clarke on piano, Eddie Williams on saxophoner, Emre Kitari on drums and Alan Parker on guitar Terrell and company ...

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Article: Album Review

Liz Terrell: It's All Right With Me

Read "It's All Right With Me" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


When Liz Terrell sings something, you believe it. Adding her own strength of expression to every piece she touches, communicating with absolute earnestness, and offering a sound all her own, she makes every melody and musical gesture matter. On this, her debut album, Terrell puts her powerful pipes to great use on an incredibly diverse collection ...

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Article: Album Review

Gui Duvignau: Baden

Read "Baden" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Gui Duvignau has had Baden Powell's sound in his sights for some time now. Born in France and raised in Brazil, the rising-star bassist delved deeply into that legendary Brazilian guitarist's work at the behest of several six-stringer friends. And as he studied guitar too, Duvignau came under the sway of Powell's advanced harmonic concepts, personalized ...


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