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Johanna Burnheart: Burnheart

Read "Burnheart" reviewed by Chris May

The violin has an eventful history in jazz. But it is still a niche instrument, despite a line of singular players stretching back to Stephane Grappelli and Stuff Smith (who deserves some bonus points for composing the immortal “If You're A Viper"). There are no schools of jazz violinists, simply a succession of one-off stylists, with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carlos Niño / Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Chicago Waves

Read "Chicago Waves" reviewed by Chris May

Chicago-based jazz drummer and electronic-beat-maker Makaya McCraven's International Anthem label has been releasing beguiling cross-genre music by a diverse roster of artists since the mid 2010s. In the process, McCraven's own double album Universal Beings (2018) gave an early US platform to musicians from the new London jazz scene including reed player Shabaka Hutchings, tenor saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

Read "Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Davenport: Bolide

Read "Bolide" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Peter Davenport's Bolide is the sort of album that often flies completely under the radar. It's what record collectors call a private issue; completely self-produced, self-distributed and available on a very small scale; generally only through the artist. Nevertheless, Bolide is a worthwhile listening experience. While not a familiar name to me prior to hearing this ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Angel City Jazz Festival Kicks Off 2 Weeks Of Music

Angel City Jazz Festival Kicks Off 2 Weeks Of Music

This weekend the 7th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival opens in jny: Los Angeles. Rocco Somazzi founded the festival in order to present non-commercial jazz to an LA audience which had scant exposure to music from the more adventurous end of the jazz spectrum. Back in 2008, 13 different bands, highlighted by the inimitable alto saxophonist, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Mike Nock: Making Music Flow from the River Within

Read "Mike Nock: Making Music Flow from the River Within" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It almost seems as if there's no other place on earth like it. New Zealand is truly breathtaking, with its diverse geography of mountains, beaches, green plains and forests forming a complex triptych where different strains of nature melt into a sublime scenario. And then there there's the water, the ever-flowing source of life, finding its ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse!/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) recently introduced the second batch of its 2-On-1 series. Each CD features two classic albums from some of Impulse! Records' legendary jazz and blues artists. Included in this first batch are releases from Alice Coltrane, Blue Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Howard Roberts, John Handy, Keith Jarrett, Marion ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Pharoah Sanders: Thembi

Read "Pharoah Sanders: Thembi" reviewed by Chris May

Pharoah SandersThembiImpulse!1971 It is strange that two of the most striking albums made by saxophonist Pharoah Sanders during the first flush of late 1960s/early 1970s astral jazz have been so often overlooked in reissue series. Tauhid (Impulse!, 1967)--the recording which launched astral jazz, the style Sanders fashioned ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to Release "Hear My Prayer" October 4

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to Release "Hear My Prayer" October 4

In the quarter-century since its founding, the 60-member Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir has become internationally renowned as one of the premier choirs in the gospel field. Its performances outside the San Francisco Bay Area are relatively rare, however, which makes the release of the OIGC's new CD, Hear My Prayer, all the more reason for celebration. ...


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