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Wayne Krantz

Krantz was born in Corvallis, Oregon. He released his first album, Signals, in 1990, sporting an array of recognized jazz musicians such as Dennis Chambers, Don Alias, Anthony Jackson, and others. In 1992, he formed a trio with bassist Lincoln Goines and drummer Zach Danziger and recorded two albums with them, Long To Be Loose (1993) and 2 Drink Minimum (1995), a live album, and began playing regularly at the 55 Bar, a jazz club in New York City. In 1996, Krantz released an acoustic album with Leni Stern, dubbed Separate Cages. After playing with Steely Dan for several years, Krantz formed a new trio in 1997 with Tim Lefebvre on bass and Keith Carlock on drums; on June 28, 2007, he played his final regular Thursday night gig at New York's 55 Bar

Write Out Your Head

Label: Abstract Logix
Released: 2020
Track listing: Kulturny; Well Spoken Astronaut; Xandea; High 70s; Write Out Your Head; Ride; Hello World; Magic 44.

Discovering Jazz through Pretzel Logic

Read "Discovering Jazz through Pretzel Logic" reviewed by Alan Bryson

It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" ...

Jazz is a Joke

Read "Jazz is a Joke" reviewed by Alan Bryson

It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Leni Stern: A Special Spirit

Read "Leni Stern: A Special Spirit" reviewed by Jim Worsley

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Leni Stern and I spoke about the pandemic, and her experiences with such, during her many travels to Africa. Because this conversation was prior to the senseless murder on May 25th, that incident is not mentioned. This wasn't my first dance with the incomparable Leni Stern so I knew what to expect. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wayne Krantz: Write Out Your Head

Read "Write Out Your Head" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

What do you want from Wayne Krantz anyway? It's a particularly relevant question when new release time rolls around for the guitar icon(oclast). Not that Krantz himself seems to give the question much thought. He's more known for being preoccupied with things like inventing (and reinventing) himself, exploring and capturing ineffable group mojo, or ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Brent Birckhead, Chicago Underground Qt., Roger Kellaway and Other New Releases

Read "Brent Birckhead, Chicago Underground Qt., Roger Kellaway and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's ride through the new releases prairie with music by artists that cover a lot of ground, from Chicago Underground Quartet to Jesse Harris, from Valentina Ciardelli's take on Frank Zappa to Roger Kellaway' interpretation of Paul Desmond, and much more For the first part of the show click ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Groundup Music Festival Reveals Artist Brunches, Cocktails And Workshops

Groundup Music Festival Reveals Artist Brunches, Cocktails And Workshops

Acclaimed by the New York Times as one of the “Top 10 Definitive Moments of the Decade in Jazz Music,” the GroundUP Music Festival returns to the oceanside North Beach Bandshell in sunny Miami Beach, Florida, February 14-16, 2020. Hosted by three-time Grammy award-winning collective Snarky Puppy, GroundUP has announced the schedule for their intimate cocktails ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Newvelle Muri

Read "Newvelle Muri" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Barlast: Svanvik

Read "Svanvik" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

This second album from Barlast, a self-proclaimed folk-jazz quartet from Helsinki, continues much in the vein of their first, Ihantalo released in 2017. Where Ihantalo featured only tunes from bassist Philip Holm, the current album includes five tunes written by the whole band, as well as five more of Holm's, and is sonically more experimental.


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