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Angélique Kidjo’s new album “Eve” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Music Charts when it came out in January. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL premieres the first video, “Eva”, produced in conjunction with Rotary International as part of the organization’s fight against polio in the developing world.
What happens when an eminent jazz pianist and a virtuoso bluegrass banjoist share a stage? Review by Howard Reich for THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
As a boy of 10 living outside Havana, jazz artist Arturo Sandoval picked up a trumpet because it “has a strong personality,” he recalled. “A trumpet can whisper very soft, very tender — and it can create a huge noise.” Interview by Laura Hambleton for THE WASHINGTON POST
Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards for Music and Recording. TKA artist garnered 8 awards this year, with Maria Schneider winning three Jazz Awards and Cécile McLorin Salvant awarded two.
The powerful presence of Moses, as well as her vocal flexibility, combined with Lemmonier's exploratory vision confers verve to the takes. Comparison with the original songs is useless, as Moses and Lemonnier do not borrow. Rather, they capture a song's essence. Review by Mehdi El Mouden for ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Groove driven, infectiously melodic and lyrically meditative, Meshell Ndegeocello’s 11th release, Comet, Come To Me, finds her returning to the same well of creativity that launched her career. It is possibly a culmination of all previous work: lush, vocal, seeking, wise, collaborative, and driven by the signature bounce and precise pocket of her on bass.
"Locked Down'' is the closest Dr. John has come to making a masterpiece in a very long time. As is often the case, it took new blood to rattle his cage and coax some inspired performances from the good doctor, whose given name is Mac Rebennack.. Review by James Reed for the BOSTON GLOBE
You might say Jon Anderson had us at hello. That’s all he needed to say when he answered his phone for an interview, and we knew we had dialed the right number. That unmistakable high tenor voice, that voice behind Yes classics from “Starship Trooper” and “I’ve Seen All Good People” to “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” and “Leave It.”
Omaha Diner plays only No. 1 hits, but commits serious jazz on those hits. In the process, the act shows audiences something important. Review by Tad Dickens for the ROANOKE TIMES
Kidjo, 53, is a multitasker with charisma and strong opinions, one of world music's most visible stars, a stunning singer-turned-compulsive collaborator who has worked with everyone from Alicia Keys to Philip Glass. Bill Clinton blurbed her book. Desmond Tutu wrote the foreword. Feature by Siddhartha Mitter for THE BOSTON GLOBE