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Ascension

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ascension; Mr. Willis; Involuntary Servitude; Twin Towers; No Words Needed; Tulsa; Iron Man; For the Kids; Birdie’s Bounce.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Black Art Jazz Collective: Ascension

Read "Ascension" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The name has obvious political resonance. Indeed, the raison d'être of the Black Art Jazz Collective, the sextet founded by Wayne Escoffery, Jeremy Pelt and Jonathon Blake in 2013, is to celebrate African American excellence on the one hand, and--not unrelated--to raise political consciousness on the other. The BAJC's debut album,Presented By The Side Door Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie

Read "Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

There aren't many songwriters who have reached a level of success comparable to Stevie Wonder. He is one of the most important figures in American music, and to celebrate his 70th birthday, Posi-Tone records is releasing Tales of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie. This compilation, performed by some of the label's excellent roster of musicians, ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

Mara Rosenbloom, Thumbscrew & Nation Beat

Read "Mara Rosenbloom, Thumbscrew & Nation Beat" reviewed by Martin Longley

Mara Rosenbloom/Melanie Dyer/Ken Filiano/Rashaan Carter Soup & Sound April 10, 2019 It's an old tradition, sometimes out of necessity, for artists to host low-key gigs in their own homes. The hyper-inventive and often powerfully percussive drummer Andrew Drury has been offering soup and sound for quite a while now, opening ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maria Grand: Magdalena

Read "Magdalena" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The intimate and personal Magdalena is tenor saxophonist Maria Grand's second release as a leader. On it she fleshes out the ideas explored on her dynamic debut EP, Tetrawind (Biophilia, 2017). Sandwiched between two spoken-word tracks, the recording showcases Grand's skills as a vocalist, instrumentalist and composer. Singer Jasmine Wilson recites Grand's verse with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

David Murray And Class Struggle at The Village Vanguard

Read "David Murray And Class Struggle at The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

David Murray and Class Struggle The Village Vanguard New York, NY June 22, 2018 Upon taking the Vanguard stage, Murray broke the night wide open with a hard, slippery solo that had his sextet Class Struggle--featuring the saxophonist's son guitarist Mingus Murray, brotherly rhythm section of bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Theo Hill: Interstellar Adventures

Read "Interstellar Adventures" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hot on the heels of his heralded 2017 effort Promethean, the five covers and five originals on his latest Interstellar Adventures serve as rousing calling-cards for Theo Hill as he continues his steady, determined ascent into the contemporary ranks of vital and inspired jazz pianists. With the exciting, percussive talents of bassist Rashaan Carter ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Read "Gilmore Keyboard Festival" reviewed by John Ephland

Gilmore Keyboard Festival Kalamazoo, Michigan April 25 to May 12, 2018 Thursday night is always the second night of the biennial Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Thursday night is also the first night for jazz, the festival putatively a classical music rollout with jazz confections, albeit well-considered, strewn throughout this 22-day cultural jewel based ...


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