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Pan Africa

Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2023
Track listing: Djemba Kan; Appointment in Ghana; 10,000 Ships; The Sixth Village; Highlife Suite; Blues for the Diaspora; Vicente; The Afro Mestizo; NKRUMAH ‘da RULAH; Assin Manso …. The Last Bath.


Article: Multiple Reviews

A Tasting Menu

Read "A Tasting Menu" reviewed by John Chacona

It says a lot for the current state of the music that some of the most interesting music hitting the market is being made by lesser-known artists who might never get a look from major labels. Here are four that have their own particular—and very different—charms. All are worth a spin for the sheer joy of ...


Article: Album Review

Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets: Pan Africa

Read "Pan Africa" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A big man with a big plan and a boisterous sextet at his back, trumpeter Derrick Gardner and his razor-fine Jazz Prophets unapologetically and unflinchingly blow the walls down with Pan Africa. Hyperbole? Not really. Just let Gardner and company free on Jackie McLean's hopscotching “Appointment In Ghana" (from Jackie's Bag, his first for ...


Still I Rise

Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Push Come da Shove; Still I Rise; Soulful Brother Gelispie; Melody for Trayvon; Blues a la Burgess; 8 Ball, Side Pocket; Heavens to Murgatroyd!


Article: Album Review

Derrick Gardner & The Big dig! Band: Still I Rise

Read "Still I Rise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Trumpeter Derrick Gardner, a Chicagoan who has performed around the world with a who's who of jazz luminaries from Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster to Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr., to name only a few, traveled to Winnipeg, Canada, to assemble and record his Big Dig! Band, several sizes removed from ...



Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2017



Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2013
Track listing: 01. Winnow; 02. Dusty; 03. Yield; 04. Wish-part 1; 05. Wish - part 2; 06. Kick; 07. Safety; 08. Hemlock - part 1; 09. Hemlock - part 2. Composizioni di Nicolas Caloia tranne Kick di Brion Gysin.

Article: Album Review

Ratchet Orchestra: Hemlock

Read "Hemlock" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un'orchestra di trenta elementi con tanto di sezione d'archi è merce rara nell'attuale panorama jazzistico. A maggior ragione se le poche notizie che la accompagnano riferiscono di oltre vent'anni di lavoro che, attingendo all'ampio bacino di improvvisatori in qualche modo collegati alla scena di Montreal, ha creato una sorta di workshop di musica creativa permanente e ...



Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2010
Track listing: 01. Mandrake; 02. Molehills Mumps; 03. Paperthin; 04. Gratte-Moi Le Dos; 05. Quiet Eyes; 06. It’s Not the Moon; 07. Betters and Bads; 08. Finely Tuned is My Heart; 09. Au Revas; 10. A Little Storm; 11. Bells Hung in a Tree; 12. Song Not for You; 13. Curve.

Article: Album Review

Viviane Houle: Treize

Read "Treize" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La cantante canadese Viviane Houle ci regala un album veramente emozionate dove la voce si fa strumento e le schegge impazzite di vetro incandescente, proiettate dalla sua laringe, viaggiano a mille all'ora come corpi contundenti che rischiano di forare tutte le membrane che ci separano dalla cruda realtà. La sue corde vocali scalpitano e vibrano, accompagnate ...


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