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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer: Compassion

Read "Compassion" reviewed by Doug Collette

Vijay Iyer's Compassion should ratify his position alongside Brad Mehldau and Fred Hersch in the pantheon of contemporary jazz pianists/composers. That is, if previous, comparably stellar titles such as Historicity (Act Music, 2009) haven't already elevated his position accordingly. Once again in the company of bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, the visionary ...


Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 2011-2014

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 2011-2014" reviewed by Robert Middleton

What ties the albums together on our ninth installment of 72 Jazz Thrillers is the depth of emotion. Two joyous albums are followed by troubles, grace, exultation and deep sadness--albums from one of the greatest jazz composers of her age to a ramshackle bar band with a wild sense of humor. 72 Thrilling Jazz ...


Article: Catching Up With

Fred Hersch: Alive... And Kicking

Read "Fred Hersch: Alive... And Kicking" reviewed by Jiaowei Hu

Few musicians have shaped jazz with such elegant, instinctive, and intimate variations as Fred Hersch. Constantly. Over four decades, life's ups and downs have not stopped him from coming back, time and again, to performing live. No word other than “alive" can be more suitable for the pianist, and it is no coincidence that he chose ...


Article: Book Review

Desperado: An Autobiography

Read "Desperado: An Autobiography" reviewed by Andrew Hunter

Desperado: an Autobiography Tomasz Stanko 345 Pages ISBN: # 978 1 80050 222 2 Equinox Publishing Ltd2010 Tomasz Stanko; let us begin at the end. When Stanko died of lung cancer in 2018 aged 76, he left behind him a discography of forty records as a leader as well ...


Article: Album Review

Ralph Towner: At First Light

Read "At First Light" reviewed by Cary Tenenbaum

If you love the sound of the acoustic guitar, do yourself a favour and listen to this recording. Place the record on the turntable, slip the CD in the tray, press play on your streaming service, turn up the volume one notch higher than you might usually and close your eyes. As if by magic, guitarist ...


Article: Liner Notes

Terje Rypdal: Odyssey: In Studio and In Concert

Read "Terje Rypdal: Odyssey: In Studio and In Concert" reviewed by John Kelman

To achieve confluence, an artist must first demonstrate multiplicity. With the benefit of hindsight, the meeting of disparate concepts might appear inevitable when reassessing a decades-long career, but few artists actually possess not only the building blocks but the intuition and acumen to achieve what is, in Sanskrit, called Sangam. That ECM has two recordings using ...


Article: Interview

Joe Lovano: Cleveland's Ultimate Jazz Titan

Read "Joe Lovano: Cleveland's Ultimate Jazz Titan" reviewed by Matthew Alec

Friday, June 24th, 2022, saxophonist Joe Lovano's group Sound Prints (alongside trumpeter and co-leader Dave Douglas) delivered a tour de force performance to spellbound audience members at the historic Mimi Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square as a part of Cleveland's annual Tri-C JazzFest. Seasoned group interplay between drummer Rudy Royston, bassist Matt Penman, and pianist Leo ...


Article: Interview

Producer Sun Chung: Always Listening for a Story

Read "Producer Sun Chung: Always Listening for a Story" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

On April 28, 2021, a quiet masterpiece marked the end of an era--and the beginning of another. Hanamichi was to be the last studio recording of Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, who died in 2015, two years after its creation. And yet, while its sweeter overtones struck balance in the bitterness of his absence, the album marked ...


Article: Album Review

Yosef Gutman Levitt: Upside Down Mountain

Read "Upside Down Mountain" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Yosef Gutman Levitt's acoustic bass guitar serves as the lead instrument on this album. The music he plays with his trio here is full of simple melodic beauty and draws from several folk traditions. This work has a sparse, contemplative joy which bears kinship to the recordings of Ralph Towner. Levitt shows an eloquent ...


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