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Pianist, composer, Guggenheim Fellow, and educator Geri Allen died on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from complications of cancer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had recently celebrated her 60th birthday. Hailed as one of the most accomplished pianists and educators of her time, Allen's most recent position was as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She was especially proud of performing with renowned pianist McCoy Tyner for the last two years, and was also part of two recent groundbreaking trios: ACS (Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Esperanza Spalding) and the MAC Power Trio with David Murray and Carrington — their debut recording Perfection was released on Motéma Music in 2016 to critical acclaim. "The jazz community will never be the same with the loss of one of our geniuses, Geri Allen

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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer: Compassion

Read "Compassion" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


As the title track of Compassion gets conjured up on a rubato tumble of Tyshawn Sorey's cymbals, bassist Linda May Han Oh begins her work which--on all of Compassion--is herculean. Vijay Iyer ushers in, and a quiet thing of beauty gets underway. It is one of the album's monster tracks. And eleven more tracks follow.

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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer: Compassion

Read "Compassion" reviewed by Neil Duggan


The term “Supergroup" is often over-used. It usually refers to a group whose members are already successful as solo artists. In rock music, it often referred to members of a successful rock group who got together for a recording, frequently disbanding later. Fortunately, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey are going from strength ...

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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer: Compassion

Read "Compassion" reviewed by Doug Collette


Vijay Iyer's Compassion should ratify his position alongside Brad Mehldau and Fred Hersch in the pantheon of contemporary jazz pianists/composers. That is, if previous, comparably stellar titles such as Historicity (Act Music, 2009) haven't already elevated his position accordingly. Once again in the company of bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, the visionary ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Random Acts of Roach 2, Charlie Haden, Basie!

Read "Random Acts of Roach 2, Charlie Haden, Basie!" reviewed by David Brown


This week we continue with our Random Acts of Roach in celebration of the centennial of the birth of the legendary Max Roach; we'll also visit two piano trio sets anchored by bassist Charlie Haden, three bits of Basie, and a set of Dizzy Gillespie & Lalo Schifrin works. New and recent releases and gems from ...

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Article: Year in Review

Dave Linn's Favorite Albums Of 2023

Read "Dave Linn's Favorite Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Dave Linn


My list began in March when I joined the All About Jazz staff. Over the ten months, I have had the wonderful opportunity to sample and listen to in depth, a wealth of great new music, running the gamut of styles now found under the jazz umbrella. My choices are releases I've listened to many times ...

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Holiday Releases From Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali

Read "Holiday Releases From Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Christmas Eve with women driven holiday releases from Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali plus birthday shoutouts to Sue Maskaleris, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music so they can continue to comfort, distract, provoke ...

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A Lovesome Thing

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; Embraceable You; Geri’s Introductions; Simple #2; Ruby My Dear; Kurt’s Introductions; Open-Handed Reach.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nitai Hershkovits, Micah Thomas, Koma Saxo, Dexter Goldberg & More

Read "Nitai Hershkovits, Micah Thomas, Koma Saxo, Dexter Goldberg & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This episode is mostly dedicated to the proposition that piano jazz has a beautiful future ahead, if we have to judge it by what emerging pianists like Micah Thomas, Nitai Hershkovits, Dexter Goldberg, Joona Toivanen or Fergus McCreadie are putting on record. Before and after this piano segment, a few more thrilling new albums.Happy ...


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