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John McNeil

John McNeil is regarded as one of the most original and creative jazz artists in the world today. For nearly three decades John has toured with his own groups and has received widespread acclaim as both a player and composer. His highly personal trumpet style communicates across the full range of contemporary jazz, and his compositions combine harmonic freedom with melodic accessibility. John's restless experimentation has kept him on the cutting edge of new music. His background includes the Horace Silver Quintet, Gerry Mulligan, and the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra. John is equally at home in free and structured settings, and this versatility has put him on stage with artists from Slide Hampton to John Abercrombie. John McNeil was born in 1948 in northern California

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Article: Album Review

Allegra Levy: Lose My Number

Read "Lose My Number" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Allegra Levy is a young singer who has made a reputation for herself through her witty songwriting and performing. She has sung a lot of her own songs on previous releases but on this one, she changes things slightly by writing her own lyrics to the music of trumpet player John McNeil. McNeil was ...

News: Interview

Interview: Allegra Levy

Interview: Allegra Levy

I came upon Allegra Levy's new album back in July, when Nils Winther at Steeplechase in Denmark alerted me to its August release. As I listened to the album, I flipped. Allegra's voice was wonderfully hip, the song melodies were unknown but sophisticated and savvy, her lyrics were superb and she was joined by three other ...

Article: Album Review

Logan Strosahl: Sure

Read "Sure" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A soli trent'anni il sassofonista Logan Strosahl registra il quarto disco da leader, dopo aver bruciato letteralmente le tappe. Nato a Seattle, a 22 anni s'è laureato al New England Conservatory, dove ha studiato composizione e approfondito il folklore turco e la musica polifonica europea del 1500. Negli stessi anni ha perfezionato teoria e pratica jazzistica ...

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Article: Radio

Newk, Dave (And Paul), Fats & More

Read "Newk, Dave (And Paul), Fats & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Have you gotten used to writing or typing 2020 yet? I'm getting there just from filling out Gift and Messages paperwork and metadata! But let's get to the music, starting with a few 21st century tunes from Orrin Evans (putting the street beat to Ornette), trumpeter John McNeil and Russian saxophonist Makar Kashitsyn. Then Bobby Broom ...

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News: Education

New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

In recognition and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Studies department and the Jazz Studies program, New England Conservatory is hosting Jazz50, a year- long series of concerts and events. On stage will be the distinguished jazz alumni, faculty, students and special guests offering an incredible array of musical and compositional talent. Performances are ...

Article: Album Review

Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us

Read "Cities Between Us" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Continua a muoversi nel solco della tradizione -tra Peggy Lee e Chris Connor-la giovane cantante e autrice newyorchese, diplomata al New England Conservatory. Dopo il debutto del 2014 (Lonely City, SteepleChase) in questo secondo disco Allegra cambia organico e clima espressivo. Tra i nuovi partner spiccano Kirk Knuffke alla cornetta, Jay Anderson al contrabbasso ...

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Hush Point III

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Rhythm Method; Wilbur; It's a Pocketbook; Azmari Bar; PG-13; Suite: Cautiously Pessimistic, More Than You Know, Snappy; Journey's End.

Article: Album Review

Hush Point: Hush Point III

Read "Hush Point III" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Hush Point è un quartetto cooperativo operante a New York che ha pubblicato un primo disco, omonimo, nel 2013 e un secondo l'anno successivo (Blues and Reds Sunnyside). In questo terzo capitolo conferma l'identità stilistica di fondo, che colloca la tensione sperimentale in un quadro espressivo di derivazione West Coast. Da quel composito universo musicale e ...

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Article: Album Review

John McNeil: Hush Point III

Read "Hush Point III" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Trumpeter John McNeil is a real trooper, battling and overcoming much physical adversity, but nevertheless engaging in long-term projects such as the group Hush Point. Joined by saxophonist Jeremy Udden, with Aryeh Kobrinsky on bass and Anthony Pinciotti on drums, McNeil's somewhat idiosyncratic sense of humor (musical and otherwise) is on display, as is his desire ...


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