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CD Review: Fernando Brox, From Within

Malaga-born, Basel-based flutist and composer Fernando Brox has embarked on a deeply personal and introspective musical voyage with his fourth album as a bandleader, “From...

CD Review: Eddie Bruce, The Magic and Music of Tony Bennett.

When the legendary Tony Bennett left us in 2023 at age 96, he was rightly hailed as the last of the great saloon singers – those supremely talented vocal stylists who made...

Festival Preview: Jazz Stroud 2024

Stroud, nestled in the picturesque Cotswolds, is gearing up to host the much-anticipated Jazz Stroud Festival for its eighth consecutive year, promising a vibrant celebration of...

CD Review: Arik Strauss, Solitude

Recently I had the privilege of reviewing Arik Strauss’s latest album, “Solitude,” released a few months ago OPM Records. Strauss, a multifaceted artist known...

XJAZZ! Festival 2024, a celebration of diversity

The 2024 XJAZZ! Festival is gearing up to be a celebration of musical diversity and discovery. With a lineup curated to challenge genre boundaries and spotlight Berlin’s...

CD Review: Marta Sanchez, Perpetual Void

Marta Sanchez’s latest album, “Perpetual Void,” marks a significant milestone in her career as a pianist and composer. Following the success of her 2022 release,...

CD Review: Tobias Altripp, We Bring Some Horns

German pianist Tobias Altripp recently unveiled his latest album, “We Bring Some Horns,” through the German-based label Mons Records. Originally established as a trio...

Blue Note Records: An 85-Year Odyssey

In the annals of musical history, the tale of Blue Note Records stands as an enduring testament to the confluence of passion, innovation, and artistic genius. Eighty-five years...

CD Review: Matt Anderson Quartet, Live at Leeds Jazz Festival

London-based saxophonist Matt Anderson is gearing up to unveil his third album on March 1st, and it’s a departure from his previous studio releases. Aptly titled “Live...

CD Review: Silvan Joray, Updraft

Silvan Joray, the talented guitarist and composer based in New York City, graces us with his second album as a leader, “Updraft,” released under the Ubuntu Music...

Album Review: kanoe, Since You’ve Asked

When looking at the current trend of recording jazz interpretations of popular music, Uwe Schenk and his ensemble, Kanoe have hit the mark, releasing an album featuring highly...