Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington on Storyville Records

The legend of Duke Ellington–one of very few jazzmen worthy of the overworked accolade “genius”–continues to unfold four decades after his death. In large part this is thanks to the efforts of Ellington himself. From 1950 to 1974, he kept a private “stockpile” of recordings made for his …

Partikel: Counteraction

Counteraction is Partikel’s fourth album to date and their follow-up to 2015’s String Theory. Without wishing to wrap this review up in a couple of sentences, it’s probably their best to date and adopts their customary deployment of heterogeneous instrumentation–strings and reeds notably–and chara… Source: Album Reviews

Doug MacDonald: Jazz Marathon 2

For those who thought that guitarist m: Doug MacDonald‘s happy-go-lucky jazz marathon had crossed the finish line with the release more than a year ago of Just for Fun, the good news is that MacDonald and his talented teammates have found their second wind and the marathon continues …

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 …