Autor: Budd Kopman

Harriet Tubman: Araminta

If you have been paying attention and have read between the lines of many postings to AAJ since November, 2016, particularly the Best Of 2016, you might have become aware of the general opinion that darkness has descended upon America, evil roams the streets and that anyone who …

Lucerne Jazz Orchestra: Oaktree

Although the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra was formed in 2007 and has had five releases to its credit, it is virtually unknown on this side of the pond, being overshadowed by the NDR Big Band and the WDR Big Band. This state of affairs ought to be corrected with …

Davy Mooney: Hope Of Home

For many, if not most musicians, much time is spent on the road performing, with one’s “home town” many times just a short stop on the endless tour. It is hard enough to maintain a steady relationship, much less than that with a spouse and possibly family for …

John Martin: The Hidden Notes – Spirit Of Adventure

The Hidden Notes–Spirit Of Adventure by saxophonist m: John Martin and his quintet (m: Ralph Wyld on vibes, guitarist m: Rob Updegraff, drummer m: Tim Giles and m: Tim Fairhall on bass) (mentioned briefly here) is a project that has had a… Source: Album Reviews

Tim Langedijk Trio: Up North

One of the hallmarks of a truly creative jazz musician is that his or her musical vision is immediately identifiable, and guitarist m: Tim Langedijk is one of those players. His trio’s latest album, Up North is a marvelous document of his elegance, intensity, surprising musical choices a… …

Francois Carrier: Freedom is Space for the Spirit

Saxophonist m: Francois Carrier had quite a week in late May of 2014. It began when he and his long-time percussionist m: Michel Lambert played with bassist m: John Edwards and pianist m: Steve Beresford at the Vortex Jazz Club in London on May 25th and… Source: …

Francois Carrier: The Joy of Being

Continuing their world travels, the team of reedman m: Francois Carrier and percussionist m: Michel Lambert again meet acoustic bassist m: Rafal Mazur, almost a year to the day from the recording of Unknowable at the Alchemia Jazz Klub in Krakow, Poland to create T… Source: Album …

Francois Carrier: OUTgoing

In the realm of Western music, the role of the performer has been rather circumscribed. In Classical music, the composer is king and the range of “allowed” expression rather limited. For most of its history, jazz performers relied on tunes as the basis for their improvisations, and thus, …

John McNeil: Hush Point III

Trumpeter m: John McNeil is a real trooper, battling and overcoming much physical adversity, but nevertheless engaging in long-term projects such as the group Hush Point. Joined by saxophonist m: Jeremy Udden, with m: Aryeh Kobrinsky on bass and {{m: Anthony Pincio… Source: Album Reviews