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Hailed by the New York Times as "a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style," J.D. Allen is one of the most thoughtful jazz saxophonists on the scene today. The Detroit natives apprenticeship has largely been in New York, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter,Louis Hayes , Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, and contemporaries Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Marcus Gilmore, Russell Gunn, and Me'shell N'degeocello, Dave Douglas among others. J.D.'s debut album, In Search Of..

The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records

Read "The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As listeners we so often typecast musicians and music labels. Artists are pigeonholed into silos: classical, jazz, rock, blues, pop, etc.. Go into any record store (if you can find a brick & mortar one) and this segregation, a forced separation, is also evident. Even streaming services are divided in this manner. Maybe it is just ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Tenor Sax Trios: JD Allen, Charles Owens, Mark Turner

Read "Tenor Sax Trios:  JD Allen, Charles Owens, Mark Turner" reviewed by Russell Perry

Since Sonny Rollins' landmark recordings in 1957 and 1958 (Way Out West, A Night at the Village Vanguard, Freedom Suite), tenor sax plus bass and drums has been an attractive format for many tenor players. As Michael J. West wrote in Jazz Times “when jazz artists ... began experimenting with chordless ensembles in the 1950s, the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures

Read "Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Everybody needs a helping hand now and then. Rudy Royston understands that. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused gigs to completely dry up for all musicians, and with that, their main income stream. Yet there are still mortgages, rents and bills to pay, and children to feed. It says something about the precarious finances of a jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Liberty Ellman: Last Desert

Read "Last Desert" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Guitarist Liberty Ellman doesn't release many albums as a leader. Last Desert is only his fifth in more than twenty years, and fourth for Pi Recordings, following 2015's Radiate. But that doesn't mean he isn't a busy artist. He can be heard with JD Allen, Jason Robinson, Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio and, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Playing Catch Up With 2019

Read "Playing Catch Up With 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There always seems to be a constant flow of worthwhile new music coming out, so much that it is to be impossible to cover it all within its calendar year. Here are seven notable releases from the last few months of 2019. Gebhard Ullmann mikroPULS Intuition 2019 The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lisa Hilton: Chalkboard Destiny

Read "Chalkboard Destiny" reviewed by Doug Hall

Not surprisingly, considering the political and social climate existing on the threshold of 2020, pianist and composer Lisa Hilton finds ripe inspiration for material on Chalkboard Destiny. Addressing the point, she writes: “Our future, our destiny, can be continually reshaped—we are not beholden by history or traditional myths, allowing us a freedom in creation." With a ...

Barracoon

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Barracoon; G Sus; The Goldilocks Zone; The Immortal (H. Lacks); 13; Beyond the Goldilocks Zone; Communion; EYE Scream; Ursa Major; When You Wish Upon a Star

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Dieci il numero di musicisti coinvolti, dieci le composizioni (tutte di Kris Davis tranne “The Very Thing" di Michael Attias e la conclusiva Reflections di Julius Hemphill, dieci il voto che assegniamo senza tentennamenti all'ultimo progetto della pianista/compostrice canadese. Grazie anche al sapiente lavoro di Ron Saint Germain -ingegnere del suono, tra gli altri, di Sonic ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Is it jazz? Perhaps not in the narrowest sense, but each of the releases below arguably retains enough of a foothold in the tradition to justify that description. Maybe we've finally reached the point where the question no longer matters. In any case, what these artists have in common is a commitment to venturing outward in ...


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