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Cindy Blackman Santana: Rhythmic And Musical Force

Read "Cindy Blackman Santana: Rhythmic And Musical Force" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

It's the 1980s in New York City. It's the place to be for musicians looking to make a name for themselves with hopes of finding steady gigs and recording dates. Drummer Cindy Blackman (long before her marriage to Carlos Santana) is there, fresh out of Berklee College of Music. She's there to meet people, ...


Article: Album Review

Bobby Sanabria: Vox Humana

Read "Vox Humana" reviewed by Cary Tenenbaum

The opening track on Vox Humana could easily have been the encore of this live performance recorded at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, part of Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York City. It is a rousing version of the Duke Ellington crowd pleaser “Caravan" and a boisterous Latin tinged big band version it is, with Matthew ...


Article: Album Review

Joel Harrison &. Anthony Pirog: The Great Mirage

Read "The Great Mirage" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

The gritty, jammy sonics of the leadoff title track quickly convince the listener that avant guitarists Joel Harrison and Anthony Pirog are hellbent on getting it all out of their systems on The Great Mirage. Bassist Stephan Crump, who lays down his acoustic bass and goes electric, and daredevil drummer Allison Miller, who has ...


Article: Album Review

Camilo Valencia / Richard Bravo: Made in Miami

Read "Made in Miami" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Miami is a melting pot where people and musics of all stripes share space and influence, cross-pollinating to create a sound and culture like no other. That fact provides the foundation for this upbeat collection. Blending elements sourced from numerous musical styles and languages including salsa, pop, samba, jazz and R&B, among others, multi-instrumentalist Camilo Valencia ...


Article: Album Review

Steve Shapiro: Plan To Be Spontaneous

Read "Plan To Be Spontaneous" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With mallets at the fore, a solid set of originals on the program and a strong cast in the mix, vibraphonist Steve Shapiro's musical voice and vision is clear-- and really something to hear--across this seven-song set. Working under the banner of a perfectly paradoxical title, he makes his mark from a number of angles--those of ...


Article: Album Review

Alla Boara: Le Tre Sorelle

Read "Le Tre Sorelle" reviewed by John Chacona

Sustaining a career as a full-time working musician, especially if you live far from major urban centers, requires that you speak several languages. With a resume that includes party band Hey Mavis to the acclaimed period-instrument Baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire, jny: Cleveland-based drummer Anthony Taddeo qualifies on musical terms. But he also picked up ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Luciana Souza and Dafnis Prieto in Conversation and Song

Read "Luciana Souza and Dafnis Prieto in Conversation and Song" reviewed by David Bixler

After the GRAMMY-winning album, Back to the Sunset, and his pandemic sextet project, Transparency, drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto was in search of something new. This journey brought him back to his roots and he again began to compose songs with lyrics as he did in his youth. Collaborating with  Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza he has created his latest project, Cantar. I ...


Article: Album Review

Jon Irabagon: Rising Sun

Read "Rising Sun" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Since his days with bassist Moppa Elliot's maddeningly inventive Mostly Other People Do the Killing, first-generation Filipino-American saxophonist Jon Irabagon has seemed to be on the periphery of the larger jazz world looking in. His big surging tone instantly and reverently recalls late era John Coltrane and has been associated with fellow adventurers Dave Douglas, Ralph ...


Article: Album Review

Bernie Dresel: The Pugilist

Read "The Pugilist" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jack Bowers, All About Jazz's large ensemble authority, previously considered this entire recording, The Pugilist, remarking that ..."if swing is your thing, you've come to the right place, as that is what Dresel and his elite group of sun-baked sidemen (and two women) do best and most often." One of the elements that ensures “swing" is ...


Article: Album Review

The Relay: The Relay

Read "The Relay" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Artistic cooperation and cohesion are evident from the first notes of The Relay's eponymous debut. With saxophonist Dan Pratt's “Four for," the composer and pianist Michael Eckroth— this quartet's co-leaders—sync up with a bright and fragmented melody line which seeds overlapping solos that sprout when bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Allan Mednard enter the picture. Referencing ...


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