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Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela, Luciana Souza, Dave Douglas & Other New Releases

Read "Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela, Luciana Souza, Dave Douglas & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We may be in lock-down mode but oustading jazz releases keep coming out as if nothing were of the COVID and the social distancing, bringing us much needed relief. One more reason to pay tribute to today's artists and to encourage everyone to support the music scene by purchasing music directly from the musicians and labels ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Andy Zimmerman: Half Light

Read "Half Light" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Saxophonist Andy Zimmerman is not a household name. The native Chicagoan has been composing, performing, and teaching music for more than two decades. In part, he comes to the subscription-based vinyl label Newvelle by virtue of a long association with the label's co-founder Elan Mehler, himself an accomplished jazz pianist. Mehler and Zimmerman played together at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jack DeJohnette: Return

Read "Return" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The only thing that Jack DeJohnette seems to have forgotten in his maturing years, is that, by the law of nature, he is supposed to be slowing down. Instead, as the composer/multi-instrumentalist heads toward his mid-seventies, he is as productive as he has ever been in his long, celebrated career. His releases over the past twelve ...

Frank Kimbrough on Newvelle: Meantime

Read "Frank Kimbrough on Newvelle: Meantime" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

With the resurgence of the LP being what it is today, it should come as no surprise that some entrepreneur would decide to establish a subscription series solely devoted to music pressed on vinyl. In an era of grassroots projects and self-starters, the time had come for such a project, a point not lost on musician ...

The After Suite

Label: Brownswood Recordings
Released: 2009
Track listing: Factory; The 54th Leap; The New Breed; After Suite Part 1; After Suite Part 2; Post Script; He Nay Ma Tov; Notom Road; I Dream A Highway; Strange Bird; I Want To Leave You.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Elan Mehler: The After Suite

Read "The After Suite" reviewed by Chris May

This achingly beautiful, elegant album is only the second from Brooklyn-based pianist and composer Elan Mehler, being the follow-up to his debut, Scheme For Thought (Brownswood, 2007), another quietly sensational disc. If it might have seemed rather too breathless to have hailed a debut as a masterpiece, the temptation cannot be resisted second time out. The ...

Scheme For Thought

Label: Brownswood Recordings
Released: 2007
Track listing: Little Lost; Christmas Song; Scheme For Thought; The Pale 45s; Muse Suite; Vals; Auntie-Biotics; Ruby D; Head Trick; Elvis Presley Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Elan Mehler Quartet: Scheme For Thought

Read "Scheme For Thought" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

Scheme For Thought was released on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings in September 2007, accompanied by a series of gigs around London, England by pianist Elan Mehler and his quartet. This group has completely abandoned standard notions of jazz: the absence of a drummer and repeated use of arco playing on the double bass give an almost ...


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