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Pianist-composer Kris Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes. The Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-residing Davis was dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “Over the past couple years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” Reviewing one of the series of striking albums Davis has released over the past half-decade, the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions. Long favored by her peers and jazz fans in the know, Davis has earned high praise from no less than star pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant honoree Jason Moran, who included her in his Best of 2012 piece in Art Forum, writing: “A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Davis lives in each note that she plays

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Facets

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Facet Taborn; Dawn Facet; Facet 27 Light; Facet 28 Nora, Facet 29 Night; Facet 34 Defracted; Ask Me Now; Facet Sorey; Facet 31 Woke; Ebb Facet; Facet 33 Tides; Flow Facet; Pannonica; Facet BB; Facet 35 Ode B’kongofon; Facet 32 Black Pearl; Facet 39 Mato Paha; Ode Reprise.

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Article: Album Review

Hafez Modirzadeh: Facets

Read "Facets" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Innovative composer and saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has always pushed the idiomatic envelope in his work. His eighth release as a leader, the stimulating Facets is, as hinted on the cover art, a musical kaleidoscope. Consisting of 18 short tracks the album explores various time signatures, modes and tonal colors that fuse many musical traditions.

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith’s We All Break: Path of Seven Colors

Read "Path of Seven Colors" reviewed by Vic Albani


Il fatto che da qualche anno la produzione discografica non sia più nelle strette mani delle multinazionali sta man mano aprendo infinite possibilità per gli artisti più creativi e, quantomeno in questo caso, ai nomi collegabili all'avanguardia. Oramai la situazione è chiarissima per i fruitori della stessa (in breve, a noi ascoltatori). Si brindi ...

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith / We All Break: Path of Seven Colors

Read "Path of Seven Colors" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


For some time, drummer/composer Ches Smith kept his interest in the Voudou music of Haiti at bay. Recognizing himself as an outsider in that world, he researched, listened, studied, and after years brought a project to fruition. Smith's group We All Break released their self-titled, self-produced debut in 2017 and received less attention than deserved. Now ...

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Article: Album Review

Tom Rainey Obbligato: Untucked In Hannover

Read "Untucked In Hannover" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Tom Rainey Obbligato is drummer Rainey's jazz standards group. Untucked In Hannover is the first live album of a triptych. It follows Obbligato (2014) and Float Upstream (2017), both on Intakt Records. Great American Songbook tunes hammered and bent and stretched away from expectations into new shapes is the name of the game, an approach which ...

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Article: Radio

Lina Allemano, Dennis Gonzalez and Znap

Read "Lina Allemano, Dennis Gonzalez and Znap" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A mixed bag of treats: jny: Toronto's talented avant-garde trumpeter, Lina Allemano, debuts her latest Vegetables , saxophonist Noah Preminger and bassist Kim Cass hook up for a pandemic-inspired project, Dallas trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez is back again with the Ataraxia Trio, and there are some European releases: from Italy in the form of Circles 44 and ...

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News: Event

Celebrate ‘Jazz In Canada’ With Two Free Virtual Concerts April 29-30

Celebrate ‘Jazz In Canada’ With Two Free Virtual Concerts April 29-30

On April 29-30, 2021 at 8PM EDT, audiences are invited to experience the vitality of Canadian Jazz artists’ Kris Davis and FYEAR, co-presented by the National Arts Centre and Canada Council for the Arts, at Germany's jazzahead! These concerts will be streamed online from the National Arts Centre’s Facebook page and simultaneously streamed by 18* Canadian ...

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Article: Radio

Women in Jazz: Pianists / Composers

Read "Women in Jazz: Pianists / Composers" reviewed by Russell Perry


Until recently, women in jazz were predominantly singers and pianists. While women have expanded their contributions, women players still excel in both roles and there are an amazing group of women pianists enriching the music today, many of whom are top-flight composers. In our final program dedicated to women in jazz, celebrating an extended Women's History ...

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News: Music Industry

Jazzahead! And International Jazz Day Announce Co-operation

Jazzahead! And International Jazz Day Announce Co-operation

Two of the leading international organisations in jazz, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and jazzahead!, the world’s largest jazz trade fair, are jointly announcing a new co-operation in honor of UNESCO International Jazz Day 2021. jazzahead! this year takes place under the motto “Close Together From Afar" and will run from Thursday 29 April to ...


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