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New Piano Music in Review

Shai Maestro, Human (ECM); Vijay Iyer Trio, Uneasy (ECM); Hafez Modirzadeh, Facets (Pi)

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Guitar Albums in Review

Tom Guarna’s penchant for sonic exploration is closer to Mr. Loueke than to Mr. Pinheiro, though his warm, overdriven guitar tone is nothing like either of theirs.

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JAN Best of Jazz 2020

As with earlier works, the music today continues to inculcate the avant garde but it’s also grounded in the innovations of the great modern jazz pioneers like Mr. Charlie “Bird” Parker. Jazz Artistry Now presents our “Best of …” list for 2020 recordings that reflect the positive evolution of the music and the premium state of the art in our times. Listen.

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WINTER JAN

Here are several 2020 releases that should be on everyone’s playlists. Featuring the new works of Logan Richardson, Patrick Cornelius, Arthur White and MERGE, and Marcus Lewis Big Band our Editor’s Picks cover a relatively broad modern spectrum.

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REVIEW: The Planets: Reimagined by Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra

These creatively conceived jazz variations on the well-known classic movements by Holst are artfully done and listening fun. Outstanding indeed.

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Stanley Lawrence Crouch (December 14, 1945 – September 16, 2020)

In his work there was a certain adamant refusal to sign on with and regurgitate what everyone else was saying. For better or worse.

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COMMENTARY 2020: Charlie Parker Centennial

Charlie “Bird” Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1920 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri – his artistic innovations would ultimately lead him to worldwide musical acclaim. This undisputed and universal acknowledgement as an innovator and musical genius continues to the present. QUOTE “A father of bebop, he has continued to influence generations […]

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REVIEW: Plays Music By John Coltrane and Pete Seeger by David Berkman

Artist: David Berkman Album: Plays Music By John Coltrane and Pete Seeger © Copyright 2020 – David Berkman Label: Without Records Reviewed by Scott Yanow David Berkman Plays Music by John Coltrane and Pete Seeger by David Berkman Jazz Artistry Now – Pianist David Berkman, who grew up in Cleveland, gained early experience playing in local clubs and […]

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REVIEW: Sharel Cassity & Elektra, EVOLVE

Emphasizing funky grooves rather than swing, and utilizing an electronic rhythm section, Ms. Cassity opened her music to the influences of r&b, soul music, pop and rock.