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Tom Harrell - Moving Picture

Tom Harrell – Moving Picture

Tom Harrell – Moving Picture (HighNote) Trumpeter/flugelhornist Tom Harrell doesn’t always receive the attention he…

Bruce Harris - Beginnings

Bruce Harris – Beginnings

Bruce Harris – Beginnings (Posi-Tone) For his debut as a leader, Bronx-born trumpeter Bruce Harris…

Spike Wilner Trio - Odalisque

Spike Wilner Trio – Odalisque

Spike Wilner Trio – Odalisque (Cellar Live) There’s nothing conspicuously wrong with the latest album…

Abelita Mateus - Vivienda

Abelita Mateus – Vivienda

Abelita Mateus – Vivienda (Vivienda) Pianist, composer and vocalist Abelita Mateus is drawn to the…

Kyle Eastwood - In Transit

Kyle Eastwood – In Transit

Kyle Eastwood – In Transit (Jazz Village) Kyle Eastwood’s nearly 20-year recording career took a…

REVIEW: Sexmob - Cultural Capital

Sexmob – Cultural Capital

Sexmob – Cultural Capital (Rex) Here’s a dirty little secret about Sexmob: Even though the…

REVIEW: Duende Libre - Duende Libre

Duende Libre – Duende Libre

Duende Libre – Duende Libre (self-released) On their eponymous debut, Duende Libre shatter preconceived notions…

REVIEW: Peter Bernstein - Signs LIVE!

Peter Bernstein – Signs LIVE!

Peter Bernstein – Signs LIVE! (Smoke Sessions) In 1994, guitarist Peter Bernstein assembled a rhythm…

REVIEW: Ahmad Jamal - Marseille

Ahmad Jamal – Marseille

Ahmad Jamal – Marseille (Jazz Village) “There are no second acts in American lives,” mused F.…

REVIEW: Michael Wolff - Zenith

Michael Wolff – Zenith

Michael Wolff – Zenith (Indianola) Having recently beat cancer after a several-year battle, veteran pianist Michael…

REVIEW: Charles Rumback - Threes

Charles Rumback – Threes

Charles Rumback – Threes (Ears & Eyes) From free improvisation to rock to electronic music,…

REVIEW: Daymé Arocena - Cubafonía

Daymé Arocena – Cubafonía

Daymé Arocena – Cubafonía (Brownswood Recordings) Cuban soul singer Daymé Arocena’s booming alto is boundless.…

REVIEW: Chano Dominguez - Over the Rainbow

Chano Dominguez – Over the Rainbow

Chano Dominguez – Over the Rainbow (Sunnyside) Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez unites his native country’s flamenco…

REVIEW: Michaël Attias - Nerve Dance

Michaël Attias – Nerve Dance

Michaël Attias – Nerve Dance (Clean Feed) On his latest album, Nerve Dance, alto saxophonist Michaël…

REVIEW: Champian Fulton - Speechless

Champian Fulton – Speechless

Champian Fulton – Speechless (Posi-Tone) Speechless is dynamic pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton’s seventh studio…

Troy Roberts - Tales and Tones

Troy Roberts – Tales and Tones

Troy Roberts – Tales and Tones (Inner Circle Music) Although New York-based, Australian-born saxophonist Troy…

REVIEW: Steve Slagle - Alto Manhattan (Panorama)

Steve Slagle – Alto Manhattan

Steve Slagle – Alto Manhattan (Panorama) The phrase “Alto Manhattan,” in addition to invoking Steve…

Yotam Silberstein The Village Cover Art

Yotam Silberstein The Village

Yotam Silberstein The Village (jazz&people) When music lovers think of places known for producing great…

Freddie Hendrix

Freddie Hendrix Jersey Cat (Sunnyside) Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) If you’ve heard…

Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan National Jazz Ensemble Featuring Gerry Mulligan (Dot Time) Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On…

Letizia Gambi

Letizia Gambi Blue Monday (ArtistShare)  Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two)  An intriguing blend…

Robby Ameen

Robby Ameen Days in the Light (Two and Four) JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) Cerebral, impressionistic music…

Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery In the Beginning (Resonance) Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) Indianapolis native…

Robin Eubanks

Robin Eubanks More Than Meets the Ear (ArtistShare) JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) For nearly 30 years,…

Michael Cain

Michael Cain Sola (Native Drum) JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) Over the past couple of decades, pianist…

Roxy Coss

Roxy Coss Restless Idealism (Origin) JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) Plaudits and plum assignments are nothing new…

Scott DuBois

Scott DuBois Winter Light (ACT) Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) From Rembrandt to…

Chester Thompson Trio

Chester Thompson Trio Simpler Times (self-released) Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) The Chester…

Eugenie Jones

Eugenie Jones Come Out Swingin’ (Open Mic) JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) Seattle-based vocalist Eugenie Jones…

Enrico Pieranunzi

JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One) Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi is another jazz artist who confirms…

Mike Metheny

Mike Metheny Twelve for the Road (3 Valve Music) Featured Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One)…

Jim Clayton

Jim Clayton Lenny Jumps In (Clay-Tone) Featured Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One) As many artists…

Hristo Vitchev Quartet

JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One) This past year, the Hristo Vitchev Quartet traveled throughout Asia,…

Virginia Schenck

Virginia Schenck Interior Notions (Airborne Ecstasy) Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One) Vocalist Virginia…

June Bisantz

June Bisantz It’s Always You  Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One) Chet Baker’s…

Christian Winther

Christian Winther Refuge in Sound (Sound Perspective Music) Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One)…

Erena Terakubo

Erena Terakubo A Time for Love (Cellar Live) Featured on Spring 2016 JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One)…

Ken Fowser

JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc Two) Having co-led three sessions with vibraphonist Behn Gillece on Posi-Tone…

Darryn Farrugia

JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One) The seeds of Australian drummer-composer Darryn Farrugia‘s most recent recording…

Chris Standring

JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One) A new instrument can be a catalyst to creativity. Such…

Kait Dunton

JAZZIZ On Disc (Disc One) Successive generations of jazz artists have kept the piano trio…

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up

After All Is Said (482 Music) There’s plenty of free improvisation on this third album…

Pericopes + 1

These Human Beings (AlfaMusic) After earning a fair amount of acclaim in Europe, the Italian…

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

You’ve Been Watching Me (ECM) It’s no surprise that alto saxophonist-composer Tim Berne has an…

Fred Hersch

Solo (Palmetto) Pianist Fred Hersch’s 30-year recording career includes 10 solo CDs, with four of…

Hamilton de Holanda

World of Pixinguinha (Adventure Music) Alfredo da Rocha Viana Jr., known to the world as…

Boney James

Futuresoul (Concord) Whatever one thinks of “smooth jazz,” there are certain mainstay artists working in…

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas

Sound Prints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival (Blue Note) In 2012, Joe Lovano and Dave…

JD Allen

Graffiti (Savant) Tenor saxophonist JD Allen is a master of concision. While his longstanding trio…

Brian Landrus Trio

The Deep Below (BlueLand/Palmetto) The album’s title, The Deep Below, plays off Brian Landrus’ focus…

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