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2018 Jazz: Impossible to Characterize

From The Philadelphia Inquirer The best part about jazz in 2018? It was impossible to characterize. By: Shaun Brady Though it’s always been the case to some extent, jazz has increasingly become more an approach to creating music than an easily definable style. Scanning over the year’s standout jazz releases, what’s most impressive is the divergent paths they take, each boldly different and incorporating a wide range of influences in distinctive ways. […] From these 10 albums, perhaps only Walter Smith III’s Twio and the Bad Plus’ rebirth, Never Stop II, would be recognizable to listeners in Coltrane’s era. The former is a tightrope-walking sax-bass-drums trio date in the Sonny Rollins mold, with the imaginative tenor saxophonist Smith unleashing torrents of bracing melody over the roiling rhythms of drummer Eric Harland and bassists Christian McBride and Harish Raghavan. The addition of Philly pianist Orrin Evans to the longstanding Bad Plus... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 14th, 2018 in News


James Reese Europe Honored

From The Washington Informer James Reese Europe Honored at Kennedy Center Concert By: Eve M Ferguson If the name James Reese Europe doesn’t strike a familiar chord, you may not be alone. But Jason Moran, artistic director for jazz at... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 14th, 2018 in News


Best Releases Of 2018

From All About Jazz Geno Thackara’s Best Releases Of 2018 By: Geno Thackara Despite (or in defiant response to) the difficulties of the streaming age, 2018 has seen another musical bumper crop—especially for those of us who particularly love the... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 13th, 2018 in News


20 Best Jazz Albums of 2018

From Rolling Stone 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2018 By: Hank Shteamer Congratulations to Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, and The Bad Plus for making Rolling Stone‘s top 20 list this year! 1. The Bad Plus, Never Stop II During their... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 13th, 2018 in IMN / Industry News


100 Best Folk Albums of 2018 - Part One

From Folk Radio THE BEST FOLK ALBUMS OF 2018: PART 1 By: Alex Gallacher Congratulations to Anna & Elizabeth for claiming the #1 spot on Folk Radio’s list of the Top 100 Best Folk Albums of 2018! Anna and Elizabeth... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 12th, 2018 in News


Ben Wendel at the Jazz Standard

From JazzTrail BEN WENDEL’S THE SEASONS AT JAZZ STANDARD, NYC, DEC 6 By: Filipe Freitas The set started with “February” (originally written for fellow tenorist Joshua Redman), which, spreading a generic contagious energy, was uplifted by the strong individualities of... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 12th, 2018 in News


AllMusic: Favorite Jazz Albums

From AllMusic The AllMusic 2018 Year in Review: Favorite Jazz Albums The jazz world remained unpredictable and fascinating as ever in 2018, including the virtuosic, meticulously-edited latest from Makaya McCraven, drummer Jamison Ross’ nuanced sophomore release, and the unveiling of... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 12th, 2018 in IMN / Industry News


Best Jazz Albums of 2018

From Slate Magazine The Best Jazz Albums of 2018 By: Fred Kaplan It’s been a lousy year for most things, a very good year for jazz. Pianists have grabbed a particularly bright spotlight, but trumpeters, saxophonists, bassists, and singers have... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 11th, 2018 in IMN / Industry News


Jazztopad Festival 2018: A Review

From Jazzword JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL 2018 By: Ken Waxman Inclusion is what makes Jazztopad, the annual festival in Wrocław, Poland, so notable. While visitors see a cross-section of international players on stage at the modernist, glass-clad Witold Lutosławski National Forum of... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 11th, 2018 in News


Cherish the Ladies at Walton Theatre

From The Daily Star Celtic band to perform Saturday at Walton Theatre By: Whitney Bashaw For the third time, world-renowned all-female Celtic band Cherish the Ladies will grace the Walton Theatre’s stage. Leader Joanie Madden said the group “adores” playing... Read The Full Article

Posted Dec 10th, 2018 in News


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