July 2, 2020
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Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski augments his crisply articulate piano trio – featuring bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz – with the addition of great American saxophonist Joe ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer John Di Martino. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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Freddy Cole, whose debonair yet unassuming vocal style lighted his way through a distinguished jazz career, in and out of the shadow of his older brother Nat “King” ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Angel Zaberski. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Niels Lan Doky. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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Interview with Canada-based pianist/singer Michael Kaeshammer: Boogie On The Blues Highway How has the Blues and Jazz Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve ...
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French soprano saxophonist Stephane Spira and Italian-born pianist Giovanni Mirabassi recorded their first album together back in 2009. Improkofiev is the pair’s first collaboration since then. After a ...
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The British-born bass player Dave Holland’s recent own-name albums include free improv with a starry transatlantic band and tough contemporary quartet jazz featuring sax and guitar. At this ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist Bartosz Hadala. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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While sheltering at home with his family in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, pianist and composer Brad Mehldau wrote twelve new songs about what he was experiencing; ...
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My New Yorker Culture Desk essay “Think of Monk” is a well-edited aerial view. What follows is a ramble though the underbrush of musicianly detail, stuff I thought about while ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Silvio Amato. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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The current iteration of the Denny Zeitlin Trio was born for a large stage but finds itself at home in all settings. The ever-evolving Trio finds a special ...
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Young but multifaceted: jazz pianist Johanna Summer is one of the great hopes of German jazz. Munich is a good place for her, in 2018 she won the ...
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This was going to be a year of great jazz centennials. For 1920 marked the birth of several jazz musicians who either changed the course of the music ...
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The combination of concept, effort and the right collaborators typically leads to good things no matter what the goal might be. These elements are especially integral to cohesion ...
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The first thing we hear from Esperanza Spalding in this set, recorded at the Village Vanguard in 2018, is an appreciative grunt during Fred Hersch’s oblique introduction to ...
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“One of the greatest musicians in jazz” (NY Times), Havana-born piano genius Gonzalo Rubalcaba returns with music from his new album, Viento y Tiempo, recorded in collaboration with ...
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It may be somewhat ironic, yet ultimately fitting that this, the final recording by Larry Willis, brought the veteran pianist/composer right back to the Rudy Van Gelder Studio where ...
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Jazz Interview with jazz pianist and composer George Kontrafouris. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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With the jazz landscape so heavily populated with piano trios, one priority for proponents might have to with finding ways to differentiate their outfits from others. That doesn’t ...
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Jackie, Amy, and Sherrie are the closest of friends and kindred musical spirits. They recognize their musical selves in each other, and that amazing and powerful force opens ...
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Further honing a singular cosmic musical language, Matthew Shipp begins celebrating his landmark 60th year with this new solo piano recording. The Piano Equation is also the inaugural ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist, keyboardist and vocalist Grégory Privat. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer David Kikoski. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Pianist Achim Kaufmann is one of the greatest in his field. The album “Disenjambment” by his trio Grünen helps over the concert break. Musicians, consciously or unconsciously, think ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Michael Wolff. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Gowanus Session II was seven years in the planning. Thollem, Nels Cline, and William Parker convened at Peter Karl Studios in Brooklyn on January 3rd, 2012 and recorded ...
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The work, which debuted in 2019 at Long Beach Opera, features Donald Trump (or, rather, an opera singer portraying Trump, circa 1989). Anthony Davis had an excellent reason ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Carole Nelson. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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Today is Keith Jarrett’s birthday, but he’s the one bearing a gift. To be more precise, ECM Records has released a new track by the celebrated pianist: a ...
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Harmonica virtuoso Gregoire Maret and acclaimed pianist Romain Collin team up to paint an egalitarian vision of the American Dream, exploring the varied roots of American music alongside ...
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Pianist and bandleader Orrin Evans (The Bad Plus, Tar Baby), has long used “The Village” to refer not only to his family-like cohort of fellow musicians in the ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Ahmad Jamal. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – How to prevent disparate influences from coloring what you’re doing? Ahmad ...
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All compositions written and arranged by Arturo O’Farrill. What does integrity do in the face of adversity / oppression? What does honesty do in the face of lies ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and vocalist Lilli Lewis. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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An all-star quintet whose members hardly need any introduction, the members of this unusual band have been major forces in jazz for some forty- five years. What sets ...
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When Falkner Evans’ quintet album The Point Of The Moon came out in 2011, it marked a significant departure for the New York-based veteran pianist and celebrated composer, ...
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Ivo Perelman and Matt Shipp have made several recordings together and seem to have found, in each other’s playing, approach to improvisation and delivery a musical dizygotic twin. ...
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Ahmad Jamal is a modern jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and educator, born in 1930, who has been active in the genre for 70 years. A Pittsburgh native, he ...
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Jazz Interview with jazz pianist and composer Engin Ozsahin. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Stefano Bollani’s solo album ‘Piano Variations on Jesus Christ Superstar’ will be released on 3rd April 2020, 50 years after Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s original concept ...
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Onaje Allan Gumbs, a pianist-composer whose firm foundation in hard bop supported an expansive career in pop-R&B and smooth jazz, died on Monday at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Massimo Faraò. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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We’ve been losing some of our heroes. Their music lives on. Bill Withers on Beat Club, 1972 Many of us, on learning of the death of Bill Withers, sought solace ...
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The debut performance of esteemed pianist/composer Mike Westbrook’s cult 70s jazz masterpiece ‘Citadel/Room 315’, recorded live in 1974. Featured soloists throughout the album are the iconic ECM recording ...
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Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, educator, and patriarch of the Marsalis family, has died at the age of 85. His death was announced in tweets from New Orleans Mayor ...
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Pianist/Composer Silvio Amato delivers a remarkable beautiful album titled, “Variations of Relevance” produced by Grammy Award Winner Jimmy Haslip. Featuring guest appearances by The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, trumpeter ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist Kristjan Randalu. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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With energy and passion Lluís pushes his musical imagination to the limit with a piano as the only accompanist. His music flows freely through his fast and dizzying ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Laurent Coulondre. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, do you know where you’re going? Is it ...
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In ten years, with more than 500 concerts outside of France, this trio has become the emblem of French jazz abroad. Rémi Panossian, founder of the group, was ...
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of jazz legend, Alfred “McCoy” Tyner. McCoy was an inspired musician who devoted his life to his art, ...
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Chimes of Freedom, Lynne Arriales 15th album as a leader, was recorded in Belgium for release by Challenge Records International. Lynne is joined by renowned musicians, Dutch bassist/co-producer ...
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The collaboration between Sergio Armaroli and the Salento label Dodicilune continues. Monday 2 March, in fact, distributed in Italy and abroad by Ird and in the best online ...
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For some 60 years, beginning in the early 1950s, pianist-composer Dave Brubeck was one of the most famous jazz musicians alive. During the height of that fame, he ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Mike Holober. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter ...
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Among the many things Jason Moran has demonstrated over the last 20 years is this: the man knows his way around a love song. Not that they take ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and saxophonist Gordon Goodwin. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter ...
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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer Francesca Prihasti. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter ...
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