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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Continuing The Dream

Read "Wolfgang Muthspiel: Continuing The Dream" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Jazz has always traveled. It finds inquisitive musicians all over the globe, where often, people outside the U.S. receive the message more readily than those in the country where it was born. Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel was already improvising with his older brother, for fun, in the time leading up to his discovery of the art ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kenny Barron / Dave Holland Trio featuring Johnathan Blake: Without Deception

Read "Without Deception" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

No matter the many miles and quantum number of life's triumphs and travails that have visited them since their last encounter, Kenny Barron and Dave Holland walk into a studio and instantly pick up whence they last met. But these two old cronies are not just killing time shooting the proverbial you-know-what. They have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ruslan Sirota: A Lifetime Away

Read "A Lifetime Away" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

The Ruslan Sirota who engineered A Lifetime Away (Ruslan Sirota, 2019) has been years in the making. Sirota, who tends to view growth in terms of saying the most with the least, has developed an objective sophistication since the release of his self-titled debut record in 2011. More unified in mind and spirit, he has manifested ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

James Hall: Lattice

Read "Lattice" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

James Hall uses an interesting combination of instruments you rarely hear in a jazz quintet on this CD, with his trombone and Jamie Baum's flute sharing the front line. The result, full of cool high-low harmonies, is an intriguing sound that goes in many different directions. The lilting weave of “Shoy" showcases how well ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan: Small Town

Read "Small Town" reviewed by John Kelman

In Emma Franz's revelatory documentary, Bill Frisell: A Portrait, the guitarist talks about the many guitars he owns, and how he rarely gets to plays them--the consequence, amongst other things, of the plight musicians face when traveling by air these days. Not three months after the film's premiere at South By Southwest this past March, comes ...

Jazz From Around the World: Asia

Read "Jazz From Around the World: Asia" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Asia is the most culturally and ethnically diverse continent. It is, therefore, hard to distill all its jazz influenced musical legacies into 10 albums. Some countries have robust jazz scenes that, nevertheless, are fundamentally derivative of European and American styles. In other musical cultures jazz has just recently made inroads. Below are 10 historic records that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ottawa Jazz Festival 2010: Days 4-6, June 27-29, 2010

Read "Ottawa Jazz Festival 2010: Days 4-6, June 27-29, 2010" reviewed by John Kelman

Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-9 | Days 10-11Kenny Garrett Presents / John Scofield and the Piety Street Band Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu / Medeski, Martin and Wood John Geggie and Friends / Youn Sun Nah / Manu Katché TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 27-29, 2010 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Manfred Schoof: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by John Kelman

For every artist that has achieved international attention via the exposure of ECM Records, there are countless others who seem to have been lost beneath the cracks. German trumpeter Manfred Schoof, who recorded three superb albums for the ECM- affiliated JAPO label in the 1970s, was a member of the freewheeling Globe Unity Orchestra alongside Peter ...


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