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It is not an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists. Born in 1938 in Philadelphia, he became a part of the fertile jazz and R&B scene of the early ‘50s. His parents imbued him with a love for music from an early age. His mother encouraged him to explore his musical interests through formal training. At 17 he began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis’ sideman saxophonist John Coltrane


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Antonio Farao: Tributes

Read "Tributes" reviewed by Neil Duggan

There is an old saying that you should judge a person by the company that they keep. If that is true of musicians, then Italian pianist Antonio Faraò is highly regarded. For his sixth trio outing, he is joined by bassist John Patitucci, who achieved worldwide acclaim for his work with Chick Corea's Elektric Band and ...


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Jared Hall: Influences

Read "Influences" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music has proliferated through generations traditionally by means of the oral tradition--meaning that knowledge is passed on by mentors, some by personal connection and others by more casual means. In modern times, this tradition lives alongside the jazz school phenomenon, where classrooms and studios incubate talent, while students inescapably still must pay their dues on ...


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Oded Tzur: My Prophet

Read "My Prophet" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Simultaneously an open call to prayer and a frisky dance of the debutantes, “Epilogue" and “Child You" beckon and pirouette the muse, the spirit, the higher gods of our calling to come and celebrate My Prophet. Crazy good from the solemn “Epilogue" to the rattling closer, “Last Bike Ride In Paris," My Prophet is ...


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Gilmore Piano Festival 2024

Read "Gilmore Piano Festival 2024" reviewed by John Ephland

Irving S. Gilmore International Piano FestivalKalamazoo, MIApril 24 to May 12, 2024 Thelonious Monk ends his 1967 album Straight, No Chaser with the song “We See." This Monk classic quartet remake from the 1950s was also the last piece of jazz music performed at this year's Irving S. Gilmore International Piano Festival. ...


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Nduduzo Makhathini: uNomkhubulwane

Read "uNomkhubulwane" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Abundantly, beatifically, and beautifully ebullient, uNomkhubulwane, Nduduzo Makhathini's eleventh overall effort but third masterwork for Blue Note (his 2020 Blue Note first, Modes of Communication: Letters From the Underworlds and 2022's In the Spirit of Ntu still shimmer and transcend) is, as is the South African pianist's quickly evolving tradition, radiant and revelatory. Emerging ...


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Carl Clements: A Different Light

Read "A Different Light" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Sunlight beaming into a church through a stained-glass window is a different light--tinted and soft-hued, suggestive of the presence of divinity. Saxophonist Carl Clements' quartet outing, A Different Light, gives the same impression. Looking to the album's stained glass-like cover art, artist Amanda Barrow's visual for the album seems a fine fit for this distinctive, modern ...

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Vicenza Jazz 2024

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2024" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Vicenza Jazz 2024 Varie sedi 5--19.5.2024 Il clou della ventottesima edizione di Vicenza Jazz, che ha puntato i riflettori in particolare su protagonisti odierni del pianoforte, si è concentrato dal 13 al 19 maggio. Dopo i concerti serali del 13 e 14 maggio programmati al Teatro Olimpico, dal 15 fino alla conclusione ...


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The Core: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It has been over a decade since a release from the Norwegian jazz band The Core. Founded in 2001, the quartet released half a dozen albums before mostly going their separate ways. Saxophonist Kjetil Møster worked with Gard Nilssen, Mats Gustafsson, and Per Zanussi, pianist Erlend Slettevoll with Hedvig Mollestad and Petter Wettre, bassist Steinar Raknes ...


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Antonio Flinta: Anger, Commitment and Love

Read "Anger, Commitment and Love" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chilean-born pianist Antonio Flinta, based now in Italy, catches the ear with his solo piano presentations. His alone-at-the-keyboard albums include Secret Of A Kiri Tree (2022) and 2023's marvelous Peripheral Songs's--both self-produced discs that make a great argument for self-production; they can sit on a serious listening shelf with Keith Jarrett, Kenny Werner or Marc Copland. ...


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