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Joe Locke


Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. He has performed and recorded with a diverse range of notable musicians, including Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, The Beastie Boys, the Münster Symphony Orchestra and the Lincoln, Nebraska Symphony. Long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, it was not until the last decade that he emerged as the composer, bandleader and conceptualist that he is considered today. This is in no small part due to his solo projects of the last decade


Love's Got Me in a Lazy Mood

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Willow Weep for Me; Love’s Got Me in a Lazy Mood; Come Back to Me; It’s a Most Unusual Day; I Concentrate on You; A Cottage for Sale; Estrada Branca (This Happy Madness); Chatterbox; Estate; Taking a Chance on Love; You’ve Changed.



Label: Circle 9 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Love For Sale; Raise Heaven (For Roy); Makram; Elegy For Us All; Tushkin; Shifting Moon; Song For Vic Juris; Interwoven Hues; Lush Life.


Song of the Day

Willow Weep for Me

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 06:37


Article: Liner Notes

David Hazeltine: Inversions

Read "David Hazeltine: Inversions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It's often said that those with enviable skills make the most sophisticated actions look easy. Be it glass blowing or ice-skating, what appears to be within the grasp of the novice often involves an underlying complexity not readily apparent at first. The same could be said of higher forms of music such as classical and jazz. ...


Article: Album Review

Joe Locke: Makram

Read "Makram" reviewed by Neil Duggan

One of the leading vibraphone specialists of the 21st century, Joe Locke has won multiple awards and performed with artists as diverse as the Beastie Boys and Ron Carter. It's not just his musicianship on the vibraphone that sets him apart. He is a highly versatile arranger, incorporating soul and international influences. Named after the Lebanese ...


Article: Album Review

Yelena Eckemoff: Lonely Man and His Fish

Read "Lonely Man and His Fish" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A Moscow-raised, classically-trained pianist, Yelena Eckemoff made the move to the United States in 1991, after being bitten by the jazz bug via a Dave Brubeck concert she attended in Moscow in 1987. In 2010, after settling with her family in rural North Carolina, she released Cold Sun (L & H Records), a trio outing featuring ...


Article: In Pictures

Tony Miceli with The John Toomey Trio at the Attucks

Read "Tony Miceli with The John Toomey Trio at the Attucks" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Tony Miceli playfully warned the sold-out audience at the Attucks Jazz Club that if they did not want to be hit in the head with a mallet to not tell a vibraphonist he or she is playing the xylophone. Mallets were flying during Miceli's Saturday night gig but the only thing getting hit was his vibe. ...


Article: Just For Fun

Getting to the Jazz Point: An Exposé

Read "Getting to the Jazz Point: An Exposé" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Jazz... famous for complex harmonies, syncopated rhythms and an emphasis on improvisation. The music at its best is a form of personal expression, valuing non-conformity and freedom. It has birthed and is to an extent, defined by musicianly quirks, idiosyncrasies and singularities. There are also a great many non-musical threads that bind the tradition together and ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Far Out!

Read "Far Out!" reviewed by Michael Ambrosino

Inside, outside and all around this genre, exists a remarkable array of music that all flows back to the unique source and sensibility known as jazz. This episode features Jim Snidero, Buster Williams, Nicholas Payton, Rebecca Nash, Kendrick Scott, Diego Rivera, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Joe Locke, Vince Mendoza, Nguyên Lê, Theo Croker and Lisa Marie ...


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