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Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2017

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2017

BY DAN MCCLENAGHAN
December 15, 2017

The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2017 led me to these marvelous CDs. Wadada Leo SmithNajwa Tum Records Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith offers up a “guitar" album, and the quality of musicianship, the concept and originality rise to the highest levels. There may never have been a late career surge of creative output as strong, prolific and compelling as Smith's, from Ten Freedom ......

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book

BY MARK BARNETT
December 15, 2017

Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. Background The Great American Songbook--songs written from the 1920's to the 1950's by giants such as Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin brothers--has inspired jazz musicians and singers for generations, supplying the raw material for endless improvisation. In listening to jazz, a good rule of thumb is “Know the ......

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Mondo Jazz: Walking

Mondo Jazz: Walking

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
December 14, 2017

Welcome to the first Mixcloud podcast on All About Jazz. It contains the first episode of Mondo Jazz, a new radio show devoted to international jazz airing every Wednesday night from 10 PM to midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn. Mondo Jazz is dedicated to the proposition that jazz is a language that originated in the United States but is now spoken all over the world in various, at times very strong, accents, which make it a rich resource ......

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All About Jazz Launches New Website of Curated and Sponsored Content

All About Jazz Launches New Website of Curated and Sponsored Content

BY MICHAEL RICCI
December 14, 2017

All About Jazz, the web's premier jazz music destination, has launched Jazz Stream, a snazzy page featuring website articles, website news, and sponsored content (accessible from “Features" that appears in the navigation bar on every page. In addition to providing access to our very best article content, All About Jazz has developed a new way for advertisers to engage readers through a photo rich, responsive, and infinite loading page. Those looking to promote an article published at another website or ......

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Audioguide: Phenomenal Women To Watch

Audioguide: Phenomenal Women To Watch

BY EMILY JONES
December 14, 2017

Welcome to Audioguide, a new monthly DJ set created for All About Jazz. Gathering new music from across Europe, the USA and sometimes further afield, I'll bring you a different window on jazz each month. There will always be a theme to guide the selections (although it is never intended to be a “best of' collection) and lots of emerging artists showcased with a scattering of more established names. As we reach the end of a year in ......

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Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017

Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017

BY MARK CORROTO
December 14, 2017

And what a year it was. With all hurricanes, raging fires, and end-of-the-world politics, we were fortunate to have the magical salve that is music. Complied here are my favorite releases of this past year. I tried to pare down a long list of 50 to 10, but it was impossible. The music you see below has continued in heavy rotation in my house, my car, and on my phone. Matthew Shipp Trio Piano Song ...

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Who Needs Monk?

Who Needs Monk?

BY PATRICK BURNETTE
December 13, 2017

2017 is Thelonious Monk's hundredth anniversary year and as good a time as any to ask whether he has anything to teach young, ambitious, up-and-coming jazz musicians today. Monk's recordings still nurture and entertain countless jazz fans, and the clarity and directness of his conception makes him a wonderful “introductory" artist for newbies. Gigging jazz musicians draw from the well of his compositions to fill their sets, and it's hard to imagine a future where “'Round Midnight" or ......

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Jazztopad Festival 2017

Jazztopad Festival 2017

BY HENNING BOLTE
December 13, 2017

Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music Jazztopad Festival Wroclaw, Poland November 21-26, 2017 Jazztopad is the yearly Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw is a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, a city with character, lots of peculiar neighbourhoods, populated by many young people from all over the world. Fall season is called listopad in Polish and so Jazztopad is fall's jazz, a ......

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Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017

BY MARK SULLIVAN
December 13, 2017

No genre breakdown this year. I've included every release that I rated at 4.5 stars or better, plus a number of 4 star reviews (that was the hard part, as there were lots of those). ECM had an exceptionally strong year, and I had trouble limiting my selection even this much. This is a chronological list, not a ranking. Club D'Elf Live at Club Helsinki Face Pelt Records Wingfield Reuter Stavi ......

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Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery

Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery

BY KURT GOTTSCHALK
December 10, 2017

Henry Threadgill Tilton Gallery Plain as plain, in plain sight New York, NY November 17, 2017 Henry Threadgill is writing a memoir. Or has written it. Or is asking people to write it for him. It may be an audiobook. It might not be about the events of his life, but it seemingly is, or will be, about the events of Nov. 17 and 18. Or maybe none of this is true. ...

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The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace

The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace

BY DOUG COLLETTE
December 10, 2017

The Brian McCarthy Quartet FlynnSpace Burlington, Vermont December 2, 2017 A performance in recognition of the release of its album Codex (Self Produced, 2017), The Brian McCarthy Quartet effectively transposed the sparse, spacious quality of the recording to this intimate venue adjacent to the Queen City's Performing Arts Center. In keeping with the stoic, scholarly demeanor of the leader, the celebratory air of this milestone event was subdued, but not so much there wasn't ......

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Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

BY PAUL RAUCH
December 8, 2017

My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself for that which I already knew-that Julian Priester is a jazz legend that has played an amazing role in the evolution of the music. ......

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Karl Ackermann's Best Releases of 2017

Karl Ackermann's Best Releases of 2017

BY KARL ACKERMANN
December 8, 2017

2017 was an exceptional year for artists who elude convention; veterans such as Wadada Leo Smith and relative newcomers like Abdul Moimême gave us unique musical insights. It was an outstanding year for solo recordings. Along with Smith and Moimême, Rob Mazurek, Matthew Shipp, Irish multi-instrumentalist Aine O'Dwyer, Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz, Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia, and Satoko Fujii were just a few of the creative artists that gave life to singular global perspectives. (Selections are not ranked.) ...

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November 2017: Geri Allen, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis  Big Band, Thelonious Monk

November 2017: Geri Allen, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Big Band, Thelonious Monk

BY PATRICK BURNETTE
December 8, 2017

Welcome to our monthly look at what's happening on the Jazz Bastard podcast! November is packed, so let's get to it: Episode 127 (live November 1, 2017) looks at the early career of pianist Geri Allen, who died June 27 of this year. Neither of us had listened extensively to her recordings before, so Ethan Iverson's discussion of her early music from his “Do the Math" blog provided helpful guidance. We discuss Geri as an in-and-out player and ......

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BAN BAM: Talking Music

BAN BAM: Talking Music

BY IAN PATTERSON
December 7, 2017

Regular goers to jazz/improvised music gigs and festivals might have clocked the fact that those on stage tend to be predominantly male--a mirror, more often than not, of the make-up of the audience. Women instrumentalists are the exception rather than the norm. Though what exactly, we should perhaps ask ourselves when it comes to music and gender, is normal? This, and many other questions related to the gender imbalance in jazz/improvised music, are put under the microscope at ......

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BAN BAM: Music Talking

BAN BAM: Music Talking

BY IAN PATTERSON
December 7, 2017

BAN BAM The Complex jny:Dublin, Ireland November 25, 2017 BAN BAM is a new, one-day festival by Improvised Music Company--an initiative to address the gender imbalance in jazz/improvised music. A related All About Jazz article covered the conversations by industry professionals around the gender issue that took place in the afternoon. This second BAN BAM article turns its attention to the music side of the festival. A wickedly varied line-up of five acts attracted ......

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Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2017

Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2017

BY TROY COLLINS
December 7, 2017

Considering the quantity of recordings released in a year's time, attempting to compile a comprehensive end of the year list mentioning every first-rate session would be difficult at best. The ten titles listed below represent a fertile cross-section of some of the most compelling modern jazz heard in 2017. William Parker Quartets Meditation/Resurrection (AUM Fidelity) The common thread running through both sets of this diverse double-album is the camaraderie William Parker enjoys with ......

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C. Michael Bailey’s Best Recordings of 2017

C. Michael Bailey’s Best Recordings of 2017

BY C. MICHAEL BAILEY
December 5, 2017

This year marks my 20th contributing to AAJ. Twenty years ago, I was 38 years old looking for an outlet for my music writing that had somehow avoided me until I came across an opportunity disguised as a call for articles from one Michael Ricci in jny: Philadelphia. I emailed my review of Art Pepper's San Francisco Samba (Contemporary, 1997) and I have been contributing to AAJ since. That said, I want to tip my hat to my ......

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36th International Tampere Jazz Happening

36th International Tampere Jazz Happening

BY JOHN EPHLAND
December 4, 2017

36th International Tampere Jazz Happening Tampere, Finland November 2-5, 2017 They were the winner of this year's Europe Jazz Network (EJN) Award for Adventurous Programming. Receiving the award at April's jazzahead! conference in Bremen, Tampere Jazz Happening and Artistic Director Juhamatti Kauppinen celebrated what has become 35 years of top-drawer programming. The 36th International TJH edition in November mightily continued that tradition. In all, there were ten events, in which, altogether, 25 ensembles performed, ......

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Celebrating the 2017 Super Fans

Celebrating the 2017 Super Fans

BY TESSA SOUTER AND ANDREA WOLPER
December 4, 2017

You've seen them around. They're at all the gigs, their attention focused deeply on the bandstand, as much a part of their local jazz scenes as the musicians and venues. They know and love the music, and musicians love them back. These passionate music-goers are The Super Fans, and they are an essential part of the concert experience. “Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force... When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and ......

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