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Jack DeJohnette

Born in Chicago in 1942, Jack De Johnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers. Music appreciation flourished in De Johnette's family. He studied classical piano from age four until fourteen before beginning to play drums with his high school concert band.and taking private piano lessons at the Chicago conservatory of music. De Johnette credits his uncle, Roy l. Wood Sr., who was one of the most popular jazz DJ's in the South side of Chicago, later vice president of the National Network of Black Broadcasters, as the person who initially inspired him to pursue music. In his early years on the Chicago scene, he led his own groups and was equally in demand as a pianist and as a drummer

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat

Read "Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Benjamin Koppel is an extraordinary Danish musician from an illustrious music family. He is all about music—of just about any kind. He's always absorbing it, discovering what there is to derive from it. A kind of restless desire to explore envelops him. He simplifies it in his own words: he's curious. It comes naturally to him. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mauro Sigura Quartet: Terra Vetro

Read "Terra Vetro" reviewed by Chris May

Although the Italian oud player and composer Mauro Sigura bills his band as a world-jazz group which combines traditional Ottoman-Mediterranean music with modern European jazz, the band's sophomore album is not full-on, capped-up World Jazz in the manner of, say, fellow oudist Anouar Brahem's Blue Maqams (ECM, 2017). That album, made with double bassist Dave Holland, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A year like no other produced a terrific amount of great music, much of inspired by--or in spite of—the surreal circumstances. Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite releases of the year. A huge thank you to all the musicians, record labels, studios, agents, promotors and virtual technicians who helped keep us relatively ...

Live at Ronnie Scott's

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Side 1: A Sleepin’ Bee; You’re Gonna Hear From Me (Version 1); Yesterdays; Turn Out The Stars; My Man’s Gone Now. Side 2: Emily (Version 1); Spring Is Here; Embraceable You; For Heaven’s Sake; Someday My Prince Will Come. Side 3: Quiet Now; Round Midnight; Stella By Starlight; Alfie; You’re Gonna Hear From Me (Version 2). Side 4: Very Early; Emily (Version 2); Waltz For Debby; Autumn Leaves; Nardis.

Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sleepin' Bee; You're Gonna Hear From Me (Version 1); Yesterdays; Turn Out the Stars; My Man's Gone Now; Emily (Version 1); Spring is Here; Embraceable You; For Heaven’s Sake; Someday My Prince Will Come; Quiet Now; 'Round Midnight; Stella by Starlight; Alfie; You're Gonna Hear From Me (Version 2); Very Early; Emily (Version 2); Waltz for Debby; Autumn Leaves; Nardis.

The Art of the Quartet

Label: Unit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Free I; Bells of Beliefs; Night Seeing; Ahmad the Terrible; Follow; Free II; CD 2: Iago; Ballad for Trane; If I Should Lose You; Americana; One on One; Sada.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chick Corea & Keith Jarrett in Small Groups

Read "Chick Corea & Keith Jarrett in Small Groups" reviewed by Russell Perry

Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea emerged from the 60s among the best pianists of their generation. Recording steadily over the next five decades, they are iconic masters in many musical formats, particularly notable for their small ensemble work. As time has gone on, Jarrett has focussed on solo recordings and recordings in a trio with Gary ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Guillermo Bazzola: Lost & Found

Read "Lost & Found" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La musica di Kenny Wheeler serba una nicchia preziosa di estimatori pari alla sua qualità e originalità. Il chitarrista di origine argentina Guillermo Bazzola apparecchia questo degno omaggio al compianto trombettista, penetrando nella sua personalità con sensibile attenzione, con rispetto e delicatezza. Bazzola, nato e cresciuto in Argentina, si è trasferito nel 2002 a Madrid, dove ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joost Lijbaart: Free Conversations With Myself

Read "Joost Lijbaart: Free Conversations With Myself" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For an artist, making any album is something of a journey—the birthing of ideas, the moulding and sculpting of concepts, the creative trial and error, the emotional highs and lows, and in the end, the satisfaction of a work completed. Dutch drummer/percussionist and composer Joost Lijbaart has travelled that road many times in a thirty-year career, ...


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