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Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013

Nashaz

Jazz and the Near East found each other as far back as Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, but American guitarist-turned-oud player Brian Prunka takes the convergence down exciting avenues with his band, Nashaz. Their debut album opens in the traditional vein of a hypnotically rhythmic Mid-East circle dance with
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
“All my favorite singers couldn’t sing,” David Berman once croaked on a Silver Jews record. It’s unclear whether the guys in the Milwaukee trio Soul Low are Silver Jews people—if they are, the influence isn’t
06.17.2013 | | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Mrinal Gokhale
The Ambassador Hotel will celebrate its 85th anniversary with “Jazz in July” and every Thursday throughout the month beginning July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Annie Denison Trio will perform each Thursday featuring Annie Denison singing, Theo Merriweather playing the piano and Peter Mac on guitar. They’ll perform inside Envoy Lounge, a breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant inside Ambassad...
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

As the Sea (hatOLOGY)

 “Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?” So ends Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Trombonist Samuel Blaser is no longer the invisible man of jazz. This Swiss bandleader is among various low brass players
05.02.2013 | | Posted at 05:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Ever since The Bad Plus attracted way more attention than most of their contemporaries could ever dream of over a decade ago with their cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the unexpected cover has been the surest way for a jazz act to garner buzz outside of the usual jazz circles. That's proven to be both a blessing and a curse for the genre. While it's introduced new listeners to a form...
Friday, April 19, 2013

No Beginning No End (Blue Note)

 A hand adjustment on a drum kit, a suggestive slow bass-snare groove, a rubbery bottom-strings jive and then the voice—all late-night, hushed and come here, girl—before the sinewy trumpet lines lock it in. So begins the drawers
Friday, April 12, 2013

Carry On (Rhino)

 Although Stephen Stills sometimes seems overshadowed by his frequent collaborator, Neil Young, the new four-disc career retrospective offers ample reminders that Stills, a gifted and often imaginative songwriter, was integral

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