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Review: Satoko Fujii, FUKUSHIMA

Artist: SATOKO FUJII ORCHESTRA NEW YORK Album: FUKUSHIMA © Copyright 2017 – Libra Records 214-044 Reviewed By Scott Yanow Jazz Artistry Now – Composer-pianist-bandleader Satoko Fujii is considered a giant of the avant-garde. Prior to launching her very prolific career, she attended Berklee (College of Music) and the New England Conservatory of Music where her […]

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Commentary 02.25.18

Jazz Artistry Now Editorial Commentary 02.25.18 Jazz Artistry Now – As we approach concluding the second decade of the 21st Century, I am coming to another place of appreciation for the information available to humanity via digital technologies and the Internet. The Internet changed the music industry in some of the ways people make money […]

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Review: As Is, HERE’S TO LIFE

Artist: AS IS Album: HERE’S TO LIFE © Copyright 2017 – Stacey and Alan Schulman Self-Released Reviewed By Scott Yanow Jazz Artistry Now – “As Is” is the name of the musical partnership of singer Stacey Shulman and her husband guitarist Alan Schulman. Stacey has been a professional vocalist since she was nine and has […]

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Review: Rez Abbasi, UNFILTERED UNIVERSE

Artist: Rez Abbasi Album: Unfiltered Universe © Copyright 2017 – Rez Abbasi Whirlwind Recordings WR 4713 Reviewed By Scott Yanow Jazz Artistry Now – Guitarist Rez Abbasi has had an original voice on his instrument since the beginning of his career. Born in Pakistan, he moved with his parents to Los Angeles when he was […]

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Review: Dan Arcamone, EVOLVE

Artist: Dan Arcamone Album: Evolve © Copyright 2017 – Dan Arcamone Artists Recording Collective – 2802 Reviewed By Scott Yanow Jazz Artistry Now – In his career, Dan Arcamone has performed with many artists who are based in New England. He is a guitarist whose music can be said to fall into the fusion area […]

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Top Jazz of 2017

Jazz Artistry Now – 2017 marks the 16th year I have submitted a “Top Jazz” recordings list for consideration. PARAMETERS This is the same list submitted to the Jazz Journalists Association and posted to my long-time “Musings In Cb” blog as well. The list contains links to the recordings. Readers are encouraged to listen and […]

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Review: David Binney, THE TIME VERSES

Artist: David Binney Album: The Time Verses © Copyright 2017 – David Binney Criss Cross Jazz – 1392 Reviewed By Scott Yanow Jazz Artistry Now – David Binney has never taken the easy way out in his music or played an obvious phrase. The altoist was born in Miami and raised in Southern California. After […]

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Review: Bobby Watson, MADE IN AMERICA

Artist: Bobby WAtson Album: Made in america © Copyright 2017 – Bobby Watson Smoke Sessions Records – 2017 Reviewed By Scott Yanow Jazz Artistry Now – Altoist Bobby Watson will probably always be best known for his association with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1977-81) but he has had a long and wide-ranging career. While he […]

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Review: Brian Landrus Orchestra, GENERATIONS

Artist: Brian Landrus Orchestra Album: Generations © Copyright 2017 – Brian Landrus Blueland – BLR-2017 Reviewed By Scott Yanow Jazz Artistry Now – Brian Landrus, who is considered one of the more important baritone-saxophonist of the past decade, shows on Generations that he is also a very skilled arranger-composer. Born in 1978 in Reno, Nevada, […]

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Review: Fred Hersch, OPEN BOOK

Artist: Fred Hersch Album: Open Book © Copyright 2017 – Fred Hersch Palmetto Records – 21862 Reviewed By Scott Yanow Jazz Artistry Now – Ever since he emerged on the major league jazz scene in the early 1980s, performing and recording with Art Farmer and Jane Ira Bloom, Fred Hersch has followed his own singular […]