Home » Search Center » Results: John Chacona

Results for "John Chacona"

Advanced search options

6

Article: Live Review

Ernie Krivda and Theron Brown at Free Concerts in Cleveland

Read "Ernie Krivda and Theron Brown at Free Concerts in Cleveland" reviewed by John Chacona


Ernie Krivda and friends Ernie's front porch Lakewood, Ohio July 31, 2022 jny: Cleveland, Ohio is the birthplace of Albert Ayler and the late Abdul Wadud. It's where the Black Unity Trio recorded what was probably the first free jazz record to be independently released. The city's free jazz bona fides ...

Article: Album Review

Lars Scherzberg: Top Floor Encounter

Read "Top Floor Encounter" reviewed by John Chacona


The first phase of jazz was characterized by melodic improvisation. In its second phase improvisers dealt with harmony and, in the current phase, density is the improviser's concern. So says Anthony Braxton—if I understand him correctly (if anyone does). If so, then Top Floor Encounter may be as characteristic of our time as Armstrong's “Weatherbird" was ...

10

Article: Profile

Stephen Philip Harvey: Big Band Superhero In the Making

Read "Stephen Philip Harvey: Big Band Superhero In the Making" reviewed by John Chacona


There's a passage in “Party Song," the concluding cut on the Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra's debut recording, Smash! (Next Level, 2022) where the band claps hands, whoops and cheers over a syncopated praise-band saxophone riff. It's pure, unbridled joy and just like the exuberance implied by the exclamation point in the album's title, it's an ...

9

Article: Album Review

Billy Mohler: Anatomy

Read "Anatomy" reviewed by John Chacona


Can we please retire the old cliché about jazz from jny: Los Angeles being limp, wan and bland? One listen to pianist Cameron Graves' slamming metal-jazz or to the jittery complexity of David Binney's recent releases should be enough to torch that outdated canard. Now comes bassist Billy Mohler with Anatomy, 43 minutes of amped-up, torqued-out ...

4

Article: Album Review

Jacob Garchik: Assembly

Read "Assembly" reviewed by John Chacona


Trombonist Jacob Garchik has an interest in musical subtraction. His 2012 release The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album (Yestereve Records) presented religious music stripped of religion. Clear Line (Yestereve Records) from 2020 featured a 13-piece big band with no rhythm section. Now comes Assembly, an inquiry into what a jazz quintet sounds like when added ...

4

Article: Profile

From Generation to Generation, A New Collection Transcends Borders and Barriers

Read "From Generation to Generation, A New Collection Transcends Borders and Barriers" reviewed by John Chacona


The release of the three-disc set The Concert for Bangladesh (Apple) in 1971 established a template for the charity benefit album that is still followed to this day: multiple discs in lavish packaging, a grab-bag of songs and most importantly, a red-carpet lineup of established, often older stars, one of whom was invariably the organizer of ...

3

Article: Live Review

Jazz Gallery All-Stars at Tri-C

Read "Jazz Gallery All-Stars at Tri-C" reviewed by John Chacona


Jazz Gallery All-Stars Tri-C Auditorium Cleveland, OHMarch 6, 2022 What a difference a month makes. The Jazz Gallery All-Stars concert scheduled for February 3 at jny: Cleveland's Tri-C Auditorium was swept away when a winter storm driven by howling winds dumped 15 inches of snow on the city. A ...

1

News: Festival

Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest Returns to Playhouse Square in 2022

Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest Returns to Playhouse Square in 2022

At jny: Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest, everything new is old again. That might sound retrogressive in a culture that valorizes novelty, but the announcement that the 43rd edition of the festival will return to the historic theaters of Playhouse Square is instead a comforting, Biden-era byword after the disruptions of the past two years. ...

7

Article: Album Review

Boris Kozlov: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by John Chacona


During the early days of pandemic-induced isolation, old folkways and techniques suddenly became new again (remember the shortages of baking yeast and canning supplies?). The old ways are nothing new at Posi-Tone records, which has maintained an unflagging allegiance to swing, juicy melodies and fiery playing. Those qualities, all present on bassist Boris Kozlov's First Things ...

14

Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch: Breath By Breath

Read "Breath By Breath" reviewed by John Chacona


Why is Fred Hersch not sufficiently mentioned among the great jazz pianists? It could be a generational thing. At 66, Hersch is an eminent tweener, too old to qualify as the Hot New Thing and too young to be an Elder Statesman. He's in good company there with fellow sexagenarians Myra Melford, Satoko Fujii, Uri Caine, ...


Engage

Contest Giveaways
Enter our latest contest giveaway sponsored by Craft Recordings
Jazz Polls
Vote for your Favorite Hammond B-3 Organists, Favorite Living Guitarists, Favorite Living Pianists, Favorite Living Bassists and Favorite Living Drummers.
Publisher's Desk
One click contest entry
Read on.

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and includes upcoming jazz events near you.