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With the arrival Thelonious Sphere Monk, modern music— let alone modern culture—simply hasn’t been the same. Recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre, Monk achieved a startlingly original sound that even his most devoted followers have been unable to successfully imitate. His musical vision was both ahead of its time and deeply rooted in tradition, spanning the entire history of the music from the “stride” masters of James P. Johnson and Willie “the Lion” Smith to the tonal freedom and kinetics of the “avant garde.” And he shares with Edward “Duke” Ellington the distinction of being one of the century’s greatest American composers

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Article: Album Review

Makram Aboul Hosn: Transmigration

Read "Transmigration" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It is testament to bassist/composer Makram Aboul Hosn's tenacity that Transmigration has seen the light of day at all. Awarded a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture at the end of 2019, the Lebanese bassist had been all set to record the album in Europe with an international line-up. Then Covid-19 struck, adding ...

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Article: Album Review

Diego Pinera: Odd Wisdom

Read "Odd Wisdom" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


In certain musical occasions the essence of time is more vividly pronounced than others. That equation is often pronounced clearly in the technique of how a drummer applies various rhythms, and the resulting effect those metrics have on a song or project. Drummer Diego Pinera is a widely travelled percussionist from Uruguay, currently based ...

Article: Album Review

Alberto Braida: In Love with the Moon

Read "In Love with the Moon" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


A diversi anni di distanza dall'ultimo lavoro, Alberto Braida torna a cimentarsi con il piano solo, presentando per We Insist! una sofisticata meditazione in quattro parti, di cui il titolo già svela programmaticamente le atmosfere. I poco meno di tre quarti d'ora di musica sono suddivisi in quattro tracce, due di quindici e due ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Shuffling Ivories

Read "Shuffling Ivories" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Pianist Roberto Magris follows up his critically-acclaimed album Suite! (JMood Records, 2018) with a duet recording with Chicago-based bassist Eric Hochberg, whom he met while recoding Suite! . Returning to the windy city in November 2019 to promote the release of Suite! , Magris and Hochberg decided to make an album of their own while enduring ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Shuffling Ivories

Read "Shuffling Ivories" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 2018, while he was in Chicago to record his ninth album, Suite!, for JMood Records, pianist Roberto Magris was introduced by tenor saxophonist Mark Colby to bassist Eric Hochberg, an artist with whom Magris formed an almost immediate bond. After performing together at Chicago's Jazz Showcase, Magris and Hochberg decided they should record together, and ...

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News: Recording

Pianist Markos Chaidemenos New Album 'Caravan' — Available now!

Pianist Markos Chaidemenos New Album 'Caravan' — Available now!

Markos Chaidemenos is a jazz musician who discovered his love for piano at the age of 16 (2005) and his passion for jazz at the age of 22. Although he earned his first bachelor at Informatics & Telecommunications in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, he never worked in the field. After Chaidemenos mastered the classical ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Coltrane: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "John Coltrane: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Miles Davis once said that you could recite the history of jazz in just four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. To that you need to add two more: John Coltrane. A giant during his lifetime, Coltrane continues to shape jazz and inspire musicians decades after he passed. No other player has come remotely close to eclipsing ...

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Article: Film Review

Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity

Read "Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity Director: Adam Kahan Distributor or Film Company USA: 90 minutes Premier Date: Nov. 12, 2019 This is an exceptional jazz film that most likely would have made its way into art theaters around the world were it not that four months after its premier in ...

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Article: Album Review

Masabumi Kikuchi: Hanamichi The Final Studio Recording

Read "Hanamichi  The Final Studio Recording" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Masabumi Kikuchi is not the kind of jazz pianist who just strikes the keys to produce a sound. He has a Zen-like approach to the instrument by making it an extension of himself, and thus both constructs and hears the music produced as a different form factor. There are and were other contemporary pianists such as ...


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