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Article: Live Review

Jazz In Marciac 2022

Read "Jazz In Marciac 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Le Chapiteau, L'Astrada, Jgo Jazz in Marciac Marciac, Southern France July 22 to August 6, 2022 The 43rd annual Jazz in Marciac festival welcomed a quarter million concert visitors to the 13th century French village of Marciac (population 1,247). Jazz in Marciac comes late and runs long in the European ...

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Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations

Read "Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Touchstone Albums Picks is a new column from All About Jazz that invites artists to talk about the albums that have moved and inspired them and perhaps in some way informed their own music. In celebration of the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Mingus: The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's

Read "The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


After the emotional and economic bankruptcies of the late 1960s that nearly took him out of the picture entirely, 1972 broke well for Charles Mingus. He had re-signed with Columbia and delivered the revered Let My Children Hear Music. (He would, a year later, be part of the great Clive Davis jazz purge of 1973 which ...

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Article: Album Review

Alexander Brott: The Aesthetic Attitude

Read "The Aesthetic Attitude" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For guitarist Alexander Brott, the coronavirus pandemic that arrived in 2020 and led to the closing of most indoor venues, jazz and otherwise, was not all bad. With gigs almost non-existent, it gave the Swedish-born, Canadian-based and former New York City mainstay a chance to kick back, relax and start writing. He did so from his ...

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Article: Album Review

Mace Francis Plus 11: Isolation Emancipation

Read "Isolation Emancipation" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After a brief pause to accommodate Covid-19 restrictions, Australian composer and arranger Mace Francis is back—with a brand new musical wardrobe, a new axe (trombone) and a pared-down ensemble reminiscent of the classic Art Pepper + Eleven album (with arrangements by Marty Paich) from 1960. Like that earlier album, Isolation Emancipation was written with Paich in ...

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Article: Album Review

MONK'estra: MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

Read "MONK'estra Plays John Beasley" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The MONK'estra is actually a number of groups of various shapes and sizes, from duo to big band, assembled under the guiding hand of composer, arranger & pianist John Beasley to—wait for it!—"play John Beasley," an artist whose admiration for Thelonious Sphere Monk is clear throughout this buoyant and resourceful album, as it was on Volumes ...

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Article: Album Review

Andy Farber and His Orchestra: Early Blue Evening

Read "Early Blue Evening" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Saxophonist Andy Farber's New York-based orchestra came together and cut its teeth as the onstage band for three hundred performances of After Midnight, a Broadway revue that paid tribute to Jazz Age nightclub luminaries from Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie to Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh. As one might presume from the ...

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Article: Album Review

Bruce Harris: Soundview

Read "Soundview" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Cory Weeds, who is the executive producer of Soundview, is also the major domo behind The Cellar Music Group. This Vancouver, B.C. entity is committed to providing black artists with the opportunity to record and showcase their talent under the guidance of well-known trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. This initial release features trumpeter Bruce Harris and provides him ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeremy Monteiro: Live at No Black Tie

Read "Live at No Black Tie" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Kuala Lumpur (capital of Malaysia) is not on the tip of everyone's tongue as a jazz audience or recording destination. However that might be under reconsideration with the release of Live At No Black Tie , a live trio session headed by Singapore pianist Jeremy Monteiro, accompanied by two American jazz notables, bassist Jay Anderson and ...

Article: Album Review

Kenny Barron - Dave Holland Trio feat. Johnathan Blake: Without Deception

Read "Without Deception" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A distanza di sei anni dal celebrato The Art f Conversation, Kenny Barron e Dave Holland introducono nel loro sodalizio il batterista Johnathan Blake per realizzare un nuovo pregevole lavoro che non ricalca—com'è giusto che sia—quello precedente. In questa modifica di formazione pesa il fantasioso apporto ritmico del batterista ma non è l'unico fattore. In quel ...


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