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For well over a decade, Don Byron has been a singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts, exploring widely divergent traditions while continually striving for what he calls "a sound above genre." As clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and social critic, he redefines every genre of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, rhythm & blues, klezmer, or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown improvisation. He has been consistently voted best clarinetist by critics and readers alike in leading international music journals since being named "Jazz Artist of the Year" by Down Beat in 1992

Article: Album Review

Federico Calcagno, Stefano Grasso, Filippo Rinaldo: Piranha

Read "Piranha" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Piranha è la prima pubblicazione di un trio paritetico fin nella firma dei brani (i nove in programma sono suddivisi rigorosamente tre a testa), un lavoro che mescola gli stili e le ispirazioni, dando loro unitarietà entro una cifra inquieta e dalle dinamiche variabili, ma sempre permeate d'intensità. Ne sono protagonisti Federico Calcagno, clarinettista ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide

Read "Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide" reviewed by Ian Patterson


To celebrate the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the Denver guitarist, All About Jazz presents this beginner's guide to Frisell's discography as leader. Half a dozen other albums could easily have made the list, but these selections attempt primarily to highlight the range of ...

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Article: My Favourite Things

Riccardo Marogna e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Riccardo Marogna e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Astratta ma viscerale. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La pazienza[sorride, NdR]. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice A quindici anni, i primi concertini in qualche bar di paese con la prima rock band.

Article: Live Review

Don Byron e Aruàn Ortiz al Pinocchio di Firenze

Read "Don Byron e Aruàn Ortiz al Pinocchio di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Don Byron e Aruàn Ortiz Pinocchio Live Jazz Firenze 27.11.2021 Ripresa la stagione dopo un anno e mezzo di interruzione causata dalla pandemia, il Pinocchio Live Jazz di Firenze ha presentato come evento speciale della sezione autunnale il pianista cubano residente a New York Aruàn Ortiz e il clarinettista Don Byron, ...

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Article: Album Review

Step In: Voilà La Tendresse

Read "Voilà La Tendresse" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Step In is the international trio of Italian pianist Carlo Morena, Chilean drummer Felix Lecaros, and the renowned New York bassist Joe Fonda. Morena and Fonda started playing together in 1990, later adding drummer Jeff Hirshfield and adapting the current trio name. George Schuller later replaced Hirshfield before Lecaros took over the throne. Voilà La Tendresse ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 1

Read "Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we celebrate the work of pianist Geri Allen whose contribution to the jazz world was cut short too early. The fruits of her legacy, however, have already been evident for some time. There are so many among today's pianists who are in their late 40s, from Jason Moran to Ethan Iverson, from Vijay Iyer ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

2020 and Me

Read "2020 and Me" reviewed by Skip Heller


As I type this, it is December 8, 2020, the fortieth anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I was then a newly-minted barband guitarist, fifteen years old and thinking how the world —via the election of Ronald Reagan —and music had just suffered the worst season that could ever be. 2020 has been an ongoing ...


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