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April 8, 2020

The power of a single long-ago hit TV show to fashion our perception of a multi-faceted artist is staggering. Since becoming legendary for his synth-driven theme and dynamic scores for “Miami Vice,” that’s been Jan Hammer’s never-ending cultural calling card. His great...

April 7, 2020

In the 90s when composer/guitarists like Ottmar Liebert and Armik were blazing their lilting yet fiery trails in Nouveau Flamenco music, the phrase seemed like a clever way to epitomize the growing genre. Had those who coined it seen further into the future and realize...

April 7, 2020

The name Sam Jones might not spark instant recognition among modern jazz fans, but his countless all-star associations will. Best known for his work with Cannonball Adderley from 1959-65, the influential bassist and composer’s resume also features a long stint with Osc...

April 7, 2020

In the sensibilities of a master vocal interpreter and storyteller like Diane Schuur, great jazz is a matter of transferring passions from the genius of the songwriter to the singer’s own personal life experiences and then out towards a universal experience we can all...

April 6, 2020

Checking out a new indie band for the first time is often a gateway to innumerable musical pleasures, and sometimes these extend beyond the experience of immersing - and in the case of Alabama based dream pop-punk-psychedlic-experimental rock Witch’s Wall, being comple...

April 4, 2020

With the release of his powerful, no holds barred song “The Coronavirus,” Darrell Kelley perfectly meets our unique, challenging moment in history by addressing our strange new day to day reality and its attendant fears and social protocols.

Teaming with his producer/co...

March 28, 2020

When first discovering a vibrant, visionary new artist, there’s always the tendency to connect his or her artistry to others who have captured our musical hearts in the past. When I started to listen to composer, pianist and drummer Masa Takumi’s multiple shades of ama...

March 26, 2020

A sonically expansive, ever evolving 27 years since making his debut back in his lead flute playing days with Afternoon in Sedona, Nicholas Gunn is releasing his extraordinary 20th album Pacific Blue into a very different world than he could have imagined existing whil...

March 25, 2020

Sometimes the best pathways to understanding the intention and necessity for innovative artists to make experimental/avant-garde/purely improvisational free jazz can be found in the liner notes of an offbeat project like MZM, which combines the talents, offbeat procliv...

March 25, 2020

In his fascinating liner notes for Solar Wind, a trippy, offbeat and purely improvised avant-garde collection combining the collective history, intuitive talents and just about anything goes mindset of of Robert Dick (flutes, piccolo, voice), Joelle Leandre (contrabass...

March 25, 2020

Had versatile Brazilian drummer emerged from his vast decades long resume as a sideman with his majestic and melodically sweeping, rhythmically expansive debut Vision for Rhythm in 2016, it would have been a wondrous mood-setter for the Rio Olympics. But no matter, the...

March 25, 2020

Combining the dual rockin’ blues genius of veteran guitarist/slide guitarist/vocalist Jay Willie – longtime leader of the Connecticut based Jay Willie Blues Band – and legendary Detroit-born singer/harmonica master James Montgomery, Cadillac Walk is probably the most b...

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