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Article: Interview

Shai Maestro: Human, All Too Human

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ECM recording artist and erstwhile pianist for bassist, Avishai Cohen, Shai Maestro is both a firebrand and a lightning rod. Human, his sixth record as leader and second for ECM, features Jorge Roeder on bass, Ofri Nehemya on drums, and, making his debut in Maestro's combo, Philip Dizack on trumpet. Creamy and richly layered, Human flirts ...


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Cameron Graves: Inventing Thrash-Jazz

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Pianist and composer, Cameron Graves, arrived on the scene in his late teens and early twenties, possessing a proclivity for classical music, an unquenchable passion for heavy metal, and a jazz sensibility and lexicon of musicality. According to the website of Mack Avenue Records, the label that signed Graves and put out his debut solo release, ...


Article: Interview

Tali Rubinstein: Plastic Art

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Recorder player, Tali Rubinstein, studied early music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods for many years, mostly as a teenager. The Israeli-American virtuoso learned under Bracha Kol, a recorder player and operatic vocalist based in Israel. If asked back then whether she was interested in playing jazz, Rubinstein would have looked at you with some interest ...


Article: Catching Up With

Barak Weiss: The Inaugural Polish JazzFest in Tel Aviv

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Jerusalem-based attorney, Barak Weiss, is the Artistic Director of the annual Tel Aviv Jazz Festival which takes places at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque in the center of the city. This year, he helped to spearhead a new project: The Polish Jazz Festival in Tel Aviv which runs from August 27 through September 20, 2020. Weiss, who ...


News: Event

The Specter of Fritz Weiss

The Specter of Fritz Weiss

By Scott Krane The last time I wrote about the Israeli old-fashioned jazz musician Shai Brenner, he was entertaining kibbutz members in a bomb shell while Israel was fighting a war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. This time, Shai is reviving the ghost of a jazz musician murdered by Nazis in an extermination camp. On ...


Article: What is Jazz?

Ye Olde Criticism of Jazz

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SURREALISM, n. Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express--verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner--the actual functioning of thought. Dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern. ENCYCLOPEDIA. Philosophy. Surrealism is based ...


Article: Live Review

SubCulture, Grand Opening: Gregg Kallor, Gregory Porter, David Murray Infinity Quartet ft. Macy Gray

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The art of recording has changed music, more so in the information age. Nevertheless, it seems consensus in New York: jazz sounds better live. SubCulture is a new performance space in the district of Manhattan that is called 'NoHo.' The building is located at 45 Bleecker Street right in front of a stop for the B, ...


Article: What is Jazz?

Using The Jazz Trope For Assimilation

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I read an interesting thing in the Harvard Gazette today. Hansung Ryu a cellist from Seoul who played a summer concert at Harvard said “If Harvard were an Aaron Copland song, it would be 'Hoe-Down'— difficult to play but very colorful and exciting." Ryu played selections from “Rodeo" at Harvard's Sanders Theater on August, 3. The ...


Article: Interview

Talking Jazz Guitar With Peter Bernstein and Jimmy Bruno

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For many years Les Paul held a regular concert at the Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan on Monday nights. After his death in 2009, others who are loosely considered to be in the same genre as Les Paul's jazz trio have performed the traditional gig at the Iridium. On Monday, July 8, on the ...


Article: Live Review

Yusef Lateef: Celebrating 75 Years of Music at Roulette in Brooklyn

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Rarely in the history of contemporary American music has one artist iconized as many aspects of organized sound as Yusef Lateef who appeared in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night, April 6, at the new Brooklyn version of the Manhattan performance space, Roulette, near the new Barclay's Arena. In a two-hour performance billed, “Yusef Lateef: Celebrating ...


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