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Lage Lund

Lage Lund is acclaimed as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, and one of the more compelling jazz artists today. A regular in the “Rising star – Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone - one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Armed with a growing and impressive body of original compositions, and mastery of the standard repertoire - Lund swings with great authority displaying a staggering harmonic sophistication and a singularly fluid voice as a soloist

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

September 2022: Jazz Child

Read "September 2022: Jazz Child" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Sheila Jordan Live At Mezzrow's Cellar Music 2022 Nonagenarian Sheila Jordan is a jazz singer enjoying an incandescent twilight. In late 2021, Jordan appeared on Roseanna Vitro's Sing A Song of Bird (Skyline Records, 2021) singing a song contra-composed in her honor from Charlie Parker's “Cheryl," -"Sheila, Jazz Child." Jordan, ...

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Article: Album Review

Melissa Aldana: 12 Stars

Read "12 Stars" reviewed by Chris May


Before we get into tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana's album--which is excellent, so hang on in there--a word about press releases and publicity campaigns. Specifically, those from Blue Note. The label's headquarters in Los Angeles is in danger of becoming known for award-winning b.s. in this regard, as demonstrated during the campaign for Aldana's label ...

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Article: Album Review

Melissa Aldana: 12 Stars

Read "12 Stars" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Presente da alcuni anni ai vertici dei sondaggi dei critici di Down Beat, la sassofonista cilena Melissa Aldana ha da poco superato i 30 anni e in un decennio s'è imposta con un talento magistrale. Dopo cinque incisioni in proprio (l'ultima Visions le è valsa una nomination ai Grammy per il miglior assolo improvvisato nel brano ...

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Article: Album Review

Melissa Aldana: 12 Stars

Read "12 Stars" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Many musicians have chosen their Blue Note moment to reveal themselves as the artist they are or intend to be. So it is not surprising that a young, gifted artist such as Grammy nominee Melissa Aldana, riding a sure, ascendant arc both creatively and professionally, goes big on her Blue Note debut. From the ...

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12 Stars

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Falling; Intuition; Intro to Emilia; Emilia; The Bluest Eye; The Fool; Los Ojos de Chile; 12 Stars.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Covid Chronicles, Vol. 1: Reunion Episode

Read "Covid Chronicles, Vol. 1: Reunion Episode" reviewed by Leo Sidran


In March 2020, just as the world was closing under the advancing cloud of Covid 19, I spoke to a handful of musician friends from around the world to hear how they were doing and to explore some of the pressing questions around the shutdown and the arts.One year later, I check in with ...

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Article: Interview

Gabriel Vicéns: A Growing Voice In Jazz

Read "Gabriel Vicéns: A Growing Voice In Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Guitarist Gabriel Vicéns from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, has only been on the New York City scene for about five years. But his rich tone and engaging style have gained him a reputation—still growing—as a remarkable voice and an artist with something valid to say. He's not a guitar shredder, though he has plenty of ...

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Take Five with Denin Koch

Read "Take Five with Denin Koch" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Denin Koch Hailed as possessing “pristine playing, meticulous composing" and “a very personal voice deserving of attention," guitarist and composer Denin Koch has synthesized his wide and varied influences into a unique approach to jazz improvisation. He has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Daniels, Ryan Keberle, and ...

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Article: Album Review

Agnar Mar Magnusson: Mór

Read "Mór" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Agnar Mar Magnusson's blend of Icelandic folk tradition with jazz is of an especially smooth sort. For his newest trio effort--the follow-up to his 2018 adventure Hending, featuring New York guitarist Lage Lund--the Icelandic pianist is not only influenced by folk melodies but actually rearranges original folk songs for trio. To top it off, the trio ...


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