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Article: Live Review

Freespace Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Freespace Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Freespace Jazz Festival 2022 Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District Hong Kong October 26-30, 2022 Hong Kong's best jazz fest launched at the worst possible time. The debut Freespace Jazz Festival, in 2019, struck a bold chord with its choice of A-list international headliners-- most especially Robert Glasper, ...

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Article: Profile

Stephen Philip Harvey: Big Band Superhero In the Making

Read "Stephen Philip Harvey: Big Band Superhero In the Making" reviewed by John Chacona


There's a passage in “Party Song," the concluding cut on the Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra's debut recording, Smash! (Next Level, 2022) where the band claps hands, whoops and cheers over a syncopated praise-band saxophone riff. It's pure, unbridled joy and just like the exuberance implied by the exclamation point in the album's title, it's an ...

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Article: Interview

Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations

Read "Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations" reviewed by Chris May


At the time of writing in summer 2021, there are a number of super-talented musicians on London's alternative jazz scene who deserve far more prominence than they have yet to achieve. Some of these players have been ill-served by their record labels. Others have only recorded as sidepersons. A few have chosen to confine their music-making ...

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Article: Interview

Pino Palladino: The Craftsman from Wales

Read "Pino Palladino: The Craftsman from Wales" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Refined craftsmanship is in small supply in today's music business, especially in the music business that fills sports arena or large music venues. Pino Palladino belongs to the small guild of refined craftsmen whose membership is reserved to musicians who do not seek the spotlight but pursue beauty through art, because that is what they were ...

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Article: Interview

Pino Palladino: Eclettismo al Servizio della Musica

Read "Pino Palladino: Eclettismo al Servizio della Musica" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Capita raramente di ascoltare un disco che sprigiona endorfine così benefiche, che ci concede la possibilità di separarci momentaneamente dalla realtà, spingendoci fino al nucleo generativo della musica stessa. Proprio lì dove la composizione prende forma in uno spazio neutro, senza confini, entriamo nel sistema musicale di Notes With Attachments del bassista Pino Palladino e del ...

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Article: Album Review

Pino Palladino, Blake Mills: Notes with Attachments

Read "Notes with Attachments" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Pino Palladino e Blake Mills firmano uno dei dischi più attesi dell'anno. Il polistrumentista e produttore californiano viene da un 2020 molto intenso, caratterizzato dall'uscita del suo album solista Mutable Set e da una serie di preziose collaborazioni con artisti del calibro di Bob Dylan e di Perfume Genius, che hanno realizzato due dei migliori dischi ...

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Article: Album Review

Thundercat: It Is What It Is

Read "It Is What It Is" reviewed by John Bricker


If you're looking for some dreamy neo-soul and jazz fusion with a charming sense of humor, no one can satisfy you like Thundercat. Released on April 3, his fourth studio album, It Is What It Is, demonstrates his seemingly limitless confidence and charm as a singer, songwriter and bassist, delivering a solid crop of gorgeous and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pop Goes the Jazz-Cast

Read "Pop Goes the Jazz-Cast" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


The boys' interview about the origins of the podcast got them thinking that it'd been a while since they went off the rails and did a “pop" jazz-cast. So, just like Casey Jones, off the rails they went, and talked up, out, and about two “jazz-adjacent" classics of the past and two brand-new releases adding dollops ...

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Article: Interview

Thundercat: On Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Erykah Badu and the great LA jazz renaissance

Read "Thundercat: On Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Erykah Badu and the great LA jazz renaissance" reviewed by Rob Garratt


When, a few years back, the mainstream media began breathlessly anointing the arrival of a West Coast-born jazz “renaissance," Thundercat's name was invariably invoked second in the evidence list— behind, of course, that of his childhood buddy Kamasi Washington. While Washington's career has gone stratospheric—with a summer co-headline tour alongside Herbie Hancock the latest summit mounted—Thundercat ...


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