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Loren Stillman


Saxophonist and composer Loren Stillman was born in 1980 in London England. Inspired by his uncle, saxophonist Mike Stillman, he began playing at age 7. Raised in Croton-on- Hudson, Stillman had easy access to New York City’s jazz scene where his early teachers included Ted Nash, Dick Oatts and Dave Liebman. Stillman studied classical saxophone with instructor’s Dan Goble and Harvey Pittell at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 1995. In studying with these well versed saxophonists, he gained a strong knowledge of Joe Allard’s approach to saxophone playing, emphasizing a natural and relaxed view to the instrument through the study of overtones and vocal manipulation of sound. He has received 2 Outstanding Performance Awards and 2004 Rising Star Jazz Artist from Down Beat Magazine along with a scholarship to attend The Manhattan School of Music (1998) and the Zoot Simms Award to attend New School University (2002)


Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Francesca Han: Exuding Honesty

Read "Francesca Han: Exuding Honesty" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Pianist and composer Francesca Han's duo album with Ralph Alessi, Exude (Hanji, 2022), is a timely reminder of the Korean's talent as an interpreter, an improvisor and as a creative force. It is a beautiful, conversational album, open to multiple influences. Classically trained, Han discovered jazz while studying in her native Seoul. It was ...



Label: Aqua Piazza Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Her Love Was Like Kryptonite; Don't Be Too Nice; P; Channel; Canto; Whispers; Move In; Turn.


Le Gros Cube #2

Label: Yolk Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: À la bougie; Ping-pong; Arcane XV — Le diable; Arcane XVIII — Le soleil; Le mort joyeux; Beauty and Sadness ii; Le chemin (vertueux); L’oiseau qu’on voit chante sa plainte; Arcane XXII — Le mat; Le cercle.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Paula Shocron, Nendo Dango & Steven Bernstein

Read "Paula Shocron, Nendo Dango & Steven Bernstein" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Following up on music by Argentinean pianist, Paula Shocron, led me to Nendo Dango Records, the Buenos Aires label run by Shocron and her partner, drummer Pablo Diaz. This episode features very forward-thinking music from several Nendo Dango releases. There's also more piano from a new recording by Australian Alister Spence and Japan's Satoko Fujii. Their ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pedro Melo Alves, James Brandon Lewis Quartet & Ohad Talmor Trio

Read "Pedro Melo Alves, James Brandon Lewis Quartet & Ohad Talmor Trio" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Here's another of those almost-all-music editions of One Man's Jazz, with just an intro at the top of each hour. The music includes samplings from new releases by Portuguese drummer/percussionist Pedro Melo Alves & his Ominiae Large Ensemble, bassists Juan Bayon from Buenos Aires and Tomo Jacobson from Copenhagen, and several saxophonists: James Brandon Lewis Nick ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Christoph Irniger's Open City: Retracing The Tenor's Evolution On Intakt Records

Read "Christoph Irniger's Open City: Retracing The Tenor's Evolution On Intakt Records" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

A sound poet of sorts, Swiss tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger has gained quite a reputation for his lyrical tone and creative penmanship, more often than not responsible for the majority of the memorable repertoire he records and performs. The poetic nature of his music is owed not only to the artists that have influenced him over ...


Article: Album Review

Alban Darche: Le Gros Cube #2

Read "Le Gros Cube #2" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

La passione di Alban Darche, quarantasettenne tenorsassofonista e compositore bretone, per i grossi organici è nota: ce ne siamo già occupati diverse volte, su queste colonne. Questo suo ultimo lavoro, edito come d'uso su Yolk Music, non fa eccezione: diciotto elementi, big band che più classica non si potrebbe. Per una volta (almeno rispetto al passato) ...

Article: Album Review

Russ Lossing: Metamorphism

Read "Metamorphism" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato nel luglio del 2017, questo lavoro a firma dell'allora cinquantasettenne Russ Lossing, pianista della scena newyorchese originario dell'Ohio, vede all'opera un quartetto classico nella formazione, ma in equilibrio tra mainstream e contemporaneità negli stilemi. Il leader, infatti, ha alle spalle trentacinque anni di collaborazioni con artisti di primissimo piano, da Kenny Wheeler a ...



Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Three Treasures; Sojourn; Metamorphism (for Paul Motian); Mai; Pileatus; Blind Horizon (for Andrew Hill); June Jig; Canto 24.


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