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EJ Strickland: The Undying Spirit

Read "The Undying Spirit" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A sei anni da In This Day (Strick Muzik, 2009), suo debutto in veste di leader, E.J. Strickland ritorna in sala d'incisione con un organico quasi identico, ma senza ospiti, confermando i suoi partner abituali: il fratello gemello Marcus, il pianista Luis Perdomo e il sassofonista contralto Jaleel Shaw. L'unico cambiamento è la sostituzione del bassista ...

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Manuel Valera Trio: Live at Firehouse 12

Read "Live at Firehouse 12" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Leader of the Latin jazz-styled group New Cuban Express, New York-based, Cuban-born pianist Manuel Valera, unveils his 10th album as leader and his first recording in a live setting with the untypically non-Latin Live at Firehouse 12, his first trio format release in six years. This, very excellent trio features jazz luminaries Hans Glawischnig on bass ...

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EJ Strickland: The Undying Spirit

Read "The Undying Spirit" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Drummer Enoch Jamal Strickland belongs to a technically brilliant and forward-thinking group of young musicians that include multi-reedist Sharel Cassity, vocalist/trombonist Natalie Cressman, and violinist/vocalist Nora Germaine. These musicians prove that youth is not wasted on the young. Strickland, New School-educated, is a veteran of The Ravi Coltrane Quartet, The Marcus Strickland Quartet and Trio, and ...

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Manuel Valera Trio: Live at Firehouse 12

Read "Live at Firehouse 12" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cuban pianist Manuel Valera readily extends the jazz language of his predecessors Bebo and Chucho Valdes. He is comfortable leading all band formats from septets (In Motion (Criss Cross, 2014) to solo performance (Self Portrait (Self Produced, 2014). Valera may presently be found fronting an exceptional trio performing Live at Firehouse 12. Orchestral ...

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Ian Sims And Divergent Paths: Conundrum

Read "Conundrum" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The title of saxophonist Ian Sims' debut recording is a bit of a misnomer, for his music isn't trying, confusing, or difficult to unravel. This is certainly modern jazz, but it's not modern jazz of the confounding and disorienting variety. For his first album, the Baltimore-based tenor man put together a quintet of ...

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Gerard D'Angelo: Who's Kidding Who?

Read "Gerard D'Angelo: Who's Kidding Who?" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

The old adage about those who can do and those who can't teach doesn't fit nicely into any music tradition. If this fallacy were to hold true, then it would be best for music history books to write off Joseph Haydn for taking on pupils--Beethoven being one of the more famous ones. That old idiom penned ...

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Jaleel Shaw: Philly Soul

Read "Jaleel Shaw: Philly Soul" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth ] Jaleel Shaw has been one of my favorite young alto players for about a decade. We first played together with the Charles Mingus Band, and we kept in touch over the years. I've worked a few times in his ...


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