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Jason Moran: Promoting the Freedom Principles

Read "Jason Moran: Promoting the Freedom Principles" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Pianist, composer, conceptual artist Jason Moran on truth versus passion, promoting the “Freedom Principles," America's unfortunate way of forgetting the past, when innovation becomes rhetoric, what it means for African American musicians to move freely “from the stage to the table," the power dynamic in choosing repertoire, coming up in Houston among a generation of jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Delbert McClinton: Tall, Dark & Handsome

Read "Tall, Dark & Handsome" reviewed by Doug Collette

On his last album Prick of the Litter (Hot Shot Records, 2017 ), Grammy-Award winning [Delbert McClinton wholly fulfilled his image as the contemporary definition of modern Texas style r&b. He certainly didn't do it alone--his band the, Self-Made Men, added savvy and soul--but the man who showed John Lennon how to blow the harmonica imbued ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tal Wilkenfeld: Love Remains

Read "Love Remains" reviewed by Doug Collette

Prior to the release of Love Remains, Australian-born Tal Wilkenfeld may have been best known for her talent on the bass in the company of Jeff Beck circa Live at Ronnie Scott's (Eagle Video, 2008). In the interim, however, she has been busy with stints playing for a disparate range of artists including Jackson Browne and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Escreet: Learn To Live

Read "Learn To Live" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

From the light, airy smoothness of “Opening," through the nomadic, polyrhythmic, suite “Broken Justice (Kalief)" (which brings to contemporary life Weather Report's axiom: “Everyone solos but no-one solos") to the poppy, practically Stevie Wonder-ish “Lady T's Vibe," keyboardist/composer John Escreet's fusion proves to be a many-headed, sinewy hybrid. All are brought to the forefront on Learn ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ace of Cups: Ace of Cups

Read "Ace of Cups" reviewed by Doug Collette

There's a solid Ace of Cups album within the twenty-one plus tracks on this set. Never having released a studio work in the fifty-one years since the group made a name for itself in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, it only stands to reason AOC would be sorely tempted to make a statement for its debut, particularly in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Willie Nelson's Outlaw Festival

Read "Willie Nelson's Outlaw Festival" reviewed by Christine Connallon

Willie Nelson's “Outlaw Music Festival" Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY September 9, 2017 The sun blazed overhead on the Saturday afternoon in September as Willie Nelson and Blackbird Presents Outlaw Music Festival Tour landed at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, NY. With an early ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dion DiMucci: Kickin' Child - The Lost Album 1965

Read "Kickin' Child - The Lost Album 1965" reviewed by Doug Collette

As much of a pleasure it is to hear Dion DiMucci's voice throughout Kickin' Child--and it is a great pleasure indeed even if you never traversed the path from “Runaround Sue" to “Abraham Martin & John"--there's no denying the all too obvious sources of the music. Even the cover photo hearkens to Bob Dylan's Freewheelin' (Columbia, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Joe Jackson at Town Hall

Read "Joe Jackson at Town Hall" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Joe Jackson Town Hall New York, NY October 21, 2015 Joe Jackson is a musical chameleon. His music easily shifts from genre to genre...and his career output proves that fact. The Grammy Award-winning British singer-songwriter was born David Ian Jackson on August 11, 1954. During his ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

Read "Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff" reviewed by John Kelman

When it comes to jazz/improvised music, there are those who, like pianist Keith Jarrett, prefer to approach it with a blank slate, clearing their minds of everything in order to find a way to pull form from the ether. Then there are those who spend considerable time formulating their approach, and coming up with a philosophy, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Wood Brothers: The Muse

Read "The Muse" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Muse represents a quantum leap for the Wood Brothers as they fully integrate multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jano Rix into the band, a process nurtured with not inconsiderable expertise by producer Buddy Miller. At the same time, the album suggests avenues of exploration for the threesome as they continue their evolution. Rix distinguishes himself ...


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