• George Duke: The Era WIll Prevail

    George Duke: The Era WIll Prevail

    In 1966 the owner of Saba Records, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, entered a nightclub where he expected to hear Les McCann, but taking the stage that evening was another pianist, George Duke. Because of his performance, ...
  • New Jazz on Vinyl

    New Jazz on Vinyl

    We all know that vinyl records, once seemingly almost defunct, have experienced a spike in sales. With new music the resurgence has crossed many genres, but some still lag behind. In my survey of current ...
  • AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016 bore some resemblance to that scene in Yellow Submarine where, as John, Paul, George, and Ringo wander down a hallway, every door they open reveals something new and unexpected. For three days at ...
  • Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart

    Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart

    Representing the comparatively conservative side of his many musical interests, trumpeter Dave Douglas delivers the third album by his quintet, which by this point is a unit employing confidence and restraint in their handling of ...
  • Maria Schneider

    Maria Schneider

    Throughout her illustrious career, multiple Grammy winner and perennial poll-winning jazz composer-arranger-bandleader Maria Schneider has demonstrated an uncanny ability to dredge up strong emotions in her music, conveying feelings of nostalgia and a sense of ...
  • Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    On November 21, 1962, a concert took place at Carnegie Hall that featured a long list of Brazilian musicians who prior to that night had received limited recognition in the United States as well as ...
  • David Gilmore: Energies of Change

    David Gilmore: Energies of Change

    An accomplished guitarist with a wealth of sideman credits (Wayne Shorter, Steve Coleman & the Five Elements, Trilok Gurtu, Christian McBride, Don Byron), Gilmore brings his precision chops to thoughtful compositions that segue between swinging ...
  • Keith Jarrett: Creation

    Keith Jarrett: Creation

    With its Biblical connotations, the title Creation could come off as grandiose. But if you think of the Bible as epic storytelling, then the latest live album by pianist Keith Jarrett assuredly earns its name. ...

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