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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro

It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Little Big Bands

Read "Little Big Bands" reviewed by Russell Perry

Between the standard small jazz ensembles of quartets, quintets and sextets and the powerhouse big bands is a world of ensembles with eight, nine, ten or eleven players. Famously, The 1949 Birth of the Cool sessions were from a nonet assembled by Miles Davis, with arrangements by Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans and John Lewis. Bands of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brian McCarthy: The Better Angels of Our Nature

Read "The Better Angels of Our Nature" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sassofonista e arrangiatore, insegnante all'Università del Vermont, Brian McCarthy è anche un appassionato di storia e ha pensato di realizzare un concept album ispirato alla guerra civile americana, presentando due suoi brani e sette temi dell'epoca arrangiati per medio organico. In questo nonet troviamo veterani come il trombettista Bill Mobley (già con Harold ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Jazz dans la Nuit at The Montreal International Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Jazz dans la Nuit at The Montreal International Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4jny: Montreal is a city known for its beautiful historic churches and cathedrals. Église du Gesù, a magnificent church situated in the heart of downtown Montreal, opened its doors in 1865. The basement in the church has housed an amphitheater dedicated to the arts ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Francesco Chiapperini, una storia bigama

Read "Francesco Chiapperini, una storia bigama" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Pugliese di nascita ma lombardo d'adozione, classe 1978, Francesco Chiapperini, clarinettista e sassofonista nonché compositore, è senza ombra di dubbio uno dei nomi più interessanti emersi in questi ultimi anni nel panorama del jazz di casa nostra. Il suo ultimo album, The Big Earth, inciso dal vivo alla Scighera di Milano da un organico di dodici ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Cardenas: Charlie & Paul

Read "Charlie & Paul" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The third season of the subscription-based vinyl label Newvelle launches with a quartet led by guitarist Steve Cardenas. A Kansas City native, he cut his teeth in that city before moving to New York in the mid-1990s. Cardenas has appeared on more than fifty albums playing with Ben Allison, Jon Cowherd, Chris Cheek, Eliane Elias, Chris ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Liberation Music Collective: Rebel Portraiture

Read "Rebel Portraiture" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Liberation Music Collective is a young group built around a pair of Indiana University graduates, bassist/vocalist Hannah Fidler and trumpeter Matt Riggen. As the name may imply, LMC liberally leans on the Charlie Haden/Carla Bley legacy of the Liberation Music Orchestra, even including a web site photograph that mimics the cover of LMO's self-titled debut. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 23-26, 2017 Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...


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