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Kris Bowers

Pianist Kris Bowers is one of the newest and brightest lights on the jazz landscape. Schooled in jazz and classical music, raised amid the rap and hip- hop of the 1990s, inspired by the cinematic power of the great film composers of recent decades, Bowers’ sound – though rooted in traditional styles – is open to numerous external influences that keep the music fresh and vibrant for a new century. This rich and eclectic sensibility is evident from the very first notes of Heroes + Misfits, his debut recording on Concord Jazz. Bowers' musical sensibilities were taking shape before he even saw the light of day

ARTICLE: RADIO

Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 4

Read "Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As our series dedicated to the amazing music that has come out of the struggle for the advancement of African-Americans, we span from tunes inspired by the march on Selma, or dedicated to the many victims of racially motivated brutality. Listen to deep set featuring old masters like Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, current giants like Dr. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lauren Desberg Is Out for Delivery

Read "Lauren Desberg Is Out for Delivery" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

On her new album, Out for Delivery, Vocalist Lauren Desberg flirts boldly with today's pop sound while remaining informed by Jazz. Join Lauren and me as she talks about Japan, interludes, restaurant gigs, New Orleans, and other randomly connected inspirations. Out for Delivery features saxophonist Braxton Cook, pianist Kris Bowers, drummer Jonathan Barber, guitarist ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kris Bowers, Steve Davis and More

Read "Kris Bowers, Steve Davis and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with the Motor City and veteran bassist Robert Hurst with musif off his latest CD Black Current Jam. From there, we get in some Modern Jazz Quartet, Kris Bowers off the “Green Book" Soundtrack and the great Steve Davis with music from his new album Correlations. We profile Kansas City trumpeter Alex ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nate Smith: Kinfolk: Postcards from Everywhere

Read "Kinfolk: Postcards from Everywhere" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

In aggiunta alla brillante carriera nei gruppi di Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Jose James e molti altri, il quarantaduenne batterista debutta da leader presentando un jazz fresco e immediatamente gradevole ma allo stesso tempo fantasioso negli impasti timbrici e nei ritmi. Un risultato ottenuto grazie alle cantabili composizioni originali (profumate di aromi soul e hip-hop con ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nate Smith: Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere

Read "Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

To get right to it, rarely does a first effort as leader come along that is so worthy of attention. With Postcards From Everywhere, Nate Smith has offered a many-faceted jewel whose luster only grows with re-examination. On one level, this is indeed an album that satisfies the requisite expectations for a debut from ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (Not Including “My Favorite Things”)

Read "John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (Not Including “My Favorite Things”)" reviewed by Matt J. Popham

John Coltrane died on July 17, 1967 at the age of forty. Had he lived, he would have turned 90 on September 23rd of this year. When one considers the profound effect he had—not just on jazz, but on music as a whole—in the brief two decades of his career, it's not only daunting, but depressing, ...

José James: una grande voce per la Black Music

Read "José James: una grande voce per la Black Music" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La recente pubblicazione per la Blue Note di Yesterday I Had the Blues -The Music of Billie Holiday , torna a collocare José James in una piena cornice jazzistica. È una commemorazione della cantante e un approccio tradizionale che oggi James affronta senza paura d'apparire prigionero del passato. L'altro esempio riguarda l'album For All We Know, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2015: The Year in Jazz

Read "2015: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit ...


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