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Article: Album Review

John Lang: Now Ear This

Read "Now Ear This" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For what it is, bassist John Lang's fourth album, Now Ear This, is quite well done. For jazz fans, the dilemma lies there, precisely in what it is--a series of eleven rock/fusion themes, nine written by Lang, which would be right at home on a smooth jazz/easy listening radio station, for example, but whose jazz content ...

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Article: Album Review

Chuck Anderson: Original Jazz Works

Read "Original Jazz Works" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Philadelphia boasts three legendary guitarists--Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, and Chuck Anderson--who belong on anyone's “profiles in courage" list. Each has made heroic recoveries from disabling medical conditions, recovering their chops and playing better than ever. Anderson, who some time ago recovered from debilitating sleep apnea, and after recently suffering a massive coronary and spending two weeks ...

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Article: Album Review

Larry Fuller: Overjoyed

Read "Overjoyed" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pianist Larry Fuller isn't exactly coy about the substance of this record. Exuberance is an obvious through-line as he works his way across a dozen charmers that frequently live up to the promise of the title in different ways. Leading an ace trio with Hassan Shakur on bass and Lewis Nash on drums, Fuller ...

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Article: Live Review

Bill Frisell Trio at Dublin's National Concert Hall

Read "Bill Frisell Trio at Dublin's National Concert Hall" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Bill Frisell Trio National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland February 21, 2019 It was a swift return to the National Concert Hall stage for Bill Frisell, following his guest appearance in May 2018 at the finale of fiddler Martin Hayes' residency. This time Frisell was leading his trio of Tony Scherr ...

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Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Detroit Jazz Festival Downtown Detroit Detroit, Michigan August 31-September 3, 2018 Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

Read "Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms" reviewed by Jim Worsley


So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more. From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Jazz Quanta March

Read "Jazz Quanta March" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


RareNoise, chant, drunken big band...Good Lawd! Free Nelson Mandoomjazz The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus RareNoise 2014 You have to love RareNoise Records for inventive sonic turbulence. Add to this alto saxophonist Rebecca Sneddon sense of humor aping the title of this “double EP" ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Fareed Haque: Out of Nowhere

Read "Fareed Haque: Out of Nowhere" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Fareed Haque is quite clear about the impact of guitarist Pat Martino on his own playing: “He is my inspiration in jazz guitar. And if I have a mission, it's to blend the John McLaughlin world with the Pat Martino world. Every guitarist, every musician, is a synthesis of the history. So if you want to ...


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