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Now Here This (Abstract Logix) set for release on October 18th finds John McLaughlin upping-the-ante even further with greater fire, finesse and freewheeling interplay.
Into The Air is the band's sixth album: a funky, goodtime collection whose ready accessibility and danceable grooves sound so easy that they obscure the talent of the band's members. Album Review by Bruce Lindsey for ALL ABOUT JAZZ.
Chick Corea joked that he was about to play "with one old and one older friend." The "old" member was Stanley Clarke, the "older" associate was Jack DeJohnette. These guys -- combined they've played with everyone from Mongo Santamaria to Santana, Miles Davis and Anthony Braxton -- don't play like senior citizens.
A roster of superlative artists will unite for one night only to present Jazz For Obama 2012. Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Haynes, Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, Ravi Coltrane, among others as well as some VERY special guests. October 9th at Symphony Space in New York.
There’s plenty of the improvisation, immediacy and knottiness of jazz, and at the center there’s remains the saxophone nurtured by Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins and Michael Brecker; a unique full toned, limber dialect that knows when to take chances and when to play it cool. Review by S. Victor Aaron for SOMETHING ELSE
PHJB recorded live from their epic January 7th performance at Carnegie Hall, featuring Del McCoury Band, Allen Toussaint, My Morning Jacket, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), King Britt, Blind Boys of Alabama, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, among others. Review by Tom D'Antoni for OREGON MUSIC NEWS
Callaway has everything in her arsenal to pull off this seemingly impossible feat: a rich voice with extraordinary range, a superb sense of musicianship, and a love and knowledge of Streisand's oeuvre--a don't-miss show for sure. Review by by Brian Scott Lipton for THEATERMANIA
Jessica Molaskey, a Broadway actress and singer, and her husband, singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli, own a tiny, 1,100-square-foot cabin in the woods. The kind of place where neighbors sing and play guitar together. Parties start at one house, migrate to the next and... Nancy Keates for the WALL STREET JOURNAL
Music and poetry are sister arts—a truism embedded in the word "lyric." But what, exactly, do the sisters share? Opinions vary. For instance, "What is the difference between lyric poetry and song lyrics?"—a question I once heard answered by a very successful songwriter-singer. Feature by Robert Pinsky from SLATE.COM
In light of all that Hersch has endured, one might assume he would not have the wherewithal to launch major artistic initiatives at this late date. But one would be wrong. Hersch has just released one of the best recordings of a prolific career. Review by Howard Reich for THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE