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Various Artists: Newvelle Muri

Read "Newvelle Muri" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn: The People I Love

Read "The People I Love" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is easy think about the shock of the new that was bebop when listening to The People I Love by alto saxophonist Steve Lehman's trio. Not that Lehman plays bebop as it was in the 1940s. It took mammals millions of years of evolution to climb down out of trees and fashion tools, but it ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

Read "Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazz Juniors 2018 ICE Kraków Congress Centre/Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club Kraków, Poland November 29-December 2, 2018 In 2017, the four-day Jazz Juniors competition was merged under the banner of Hitch On, with promises of a full duality for its 2018 42nd edition. Along the way, this didn't ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues jny: Penang, Malaysia December 1-4, 2016 A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

Geri Allen: Apollo's Muse

Read "Geri Allen:  Apollo's Muse" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Pianist/composer Geri Allen is gearing up for her role as artistic director for an especially ambitious production of the 2013 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival at the Apollo Theater. Presented as “Geri Allen & Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo," the program will offer two shows on May 11, 2013 that explore the legacy ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dafnis Prieto: Experiments in Spontaneity

Read "Dafnis Prieto: Experiments in Spontaneity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Improvisation--music in the moment, eloquently once called “the sound of surprise"--takes place in genres besides jazz. But in America's indigenous art form, it is a cornerstone. The degree to which a song might contain improv varies greatly. Sometimes it's hard to tell in a highly arranged piece where the musicians are taking liberties. Other times its ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

9th Annual Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston, NY

Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 1, Uptown Kingston, presenting this year's festival opens on Friday, August 31, at 8:00 p.m. with “The Art of the Duo." Held at BackStage Productions, a renovated nineteenth-century vaudeville house on Wall Street, this unique format will present four renowned jazz artists performing in various duo combinations. And at just $15 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David Budway: A New Kiss

Read "A New Kiss" reviewed by Jack Huntley

David Budway's accomplished piano abilities are front and center on A New Kiss. Sometimes richly vibrant, sometimes plaintively florid, the overall spirit of Budway's arrangements ooze musical sophistication. Backed by the superb rhythm section of bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Budway works his way through a mix of originals and standards, with each ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

David Caceres: Double Threat Coming Forward

Read "David Caceres: Double Threat Coming Forward" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The singer/instrumentalist in jazz has a long and honorable tradition. Many of those, though certainly not all, are more known for their singing than playing, especially in the last 20 years or so. But almost universally, they're enjoyed for what they can do, breathing a certain joie de vivre into songs by expressing the lyrics, then ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ari Hoenig Quartet: Niu's Jazz & Blues Bar, Bangkok

Read "Ari Hoenig Quartet: Niu's Jazz & Blues Bar, Bangkok" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Ari Hoenig Quartet Niu's Jazz & Blues Bar Silom, Bangkok, Thailand November 5, 2009 There is no other drummer quite like New Yorker Ari Hoenig. Watching him play is like marveling at a cross between Animal, the wild drummer of Muppets fame, and Max Roach. His approach to drumming ...


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