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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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Merano Jazz 2021

Read "Merano Jazz 2021" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Merano Jazz Festival 2021 Merano Teatro Kimm e altre sedi 13-18.7.2021 L'atmosfera che si respira al Merano Jazz Festival è aperta e multiculturale. In questo, senza dubbio svolge un ruolo la storia della località bagnata dal Passirio, coronata a Nord dalle poderose, ripide fiancate delle Alpi Venoste. Nella seconda metà ...

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JC Sanford: Imminent Standards Trio Vol. 1

Read "Imminent Standards Trio Vol. 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trombone-led trios are few and far between, but Minnesota-based JC Sanford, a protégé of the late great Bob Brookmeyer, gives it a go with bassist Jeff Bailey and drummer Phil Hey on Imminent Standards Trio Vol. 1, whose title does not derive from imminent, as in “soon-to-be," but as in “Imminent Brewing," the trio's monthly performing ...

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Roy Hargrove: In Harmony

Read "In Harmony" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher


Roy Hargrove is a trumpeter often affiliated with styles of music beyond jazz including hip-hop and soul. In addition, Mulgrew Miller is character that has always proven his versatile piano playing. However, this album is a melting pot of well-loved standards and compositions written by an array of influences. In Harmony presents previously unreleased live recordings ...

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Orrin Evans: The Magic of Now

Read "The Magic of Now" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Timing is everything, the old masters teach. So pianist/composer/bandleader Orrin Evans drops the brazen The Magic of Now just in time. Just in time for the world to open up, renew its commitment, and move forward. Just in time for all to engage in those necessary conversations about civil upkeep. Put plainly, The Magic of Now ...

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Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2021 - Prima parte

Read "Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2021 - Prima parte" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Alto Adige Varie sedi 25.06-04.07.2021 Come tante altre manifestazioni svoltesi nel periodo a cavallo tra i mesi di giugno e luglio, il Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige ha dovuto lavorare alacremente per giungere alla propria realizzazione, concentrando nell'arco di poche settimane un'attività di preparazione che nella norma è dilatata in alcuni mesi ...

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Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller: In Harmony

Read "In Harmony" reviewed by Troy Dostert


While the good folks at Resonance have labored mightily to unearth hidden gems from some of the undisputed legends of jazz--Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery and Sonny Rollins are just a handful worthy of note--more recent figures have been largely absent from their roster. But this excellent live document bucks the trend, recorded ...

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John Stein: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Guitarist John Stein's Massachusetts-based trio strides in with charm and confidence on Serendipity, a frame of mind that prevails throughout an album whose name was inspired by a concert-that-wasn't but eventually was, thanks to live-streaming, during a massive and deadly global pandemic. That concert, planned for an outdoor venue in New Bedford, was derailed by Covid-19 ...

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Veronica Swift: A Musical Journey

Read "Veronica Swift: A Musical Journey" reviewed by Mark Robbins


It should be no surprise that Veronica Swift is recognized as one of the top jazz singers on the scene today. Her father was jazz legend Hod O'Brien, a true master of bop and swing piano. Her mother is renowned jazz singer and educator Stephanie Nakasian. Veronica recorded her first album at the age of 9, ...

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Jon Irabagon: Channeling Charlie Parker In The Black Hills

Read "Jon Irabagon: Channeling Charlie Parker In The Black Hills" reviewed by Doug Hall


An un-planned flight from peak Covid spread in New York City in March 2020, led jazz saxophonist and composer Jon Irabagon to escape to in-laws located next to the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. Winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Competition and named “Musician of the Year" in 2012 by The New York City ...


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