Aidan Levy

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02/25/13    Features

After the Storm: The Jazz Community and the Post-Sandy Struggle

How the devastating hurricane affected venues and musicians

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02/16/13    Albums

Mahoroba
Akiko Pavolka & House of Illusion

If Mahoroba is a type of Japanese utopia, Akiko Pavolka and her sextet, House of Illusion, do everything they can to get there. An understated bliss pervades the album, her fifth as a leader, with the soft timbre of Loren Stillman’s alto saxophone complementing...

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02/08/13    Albums

Star of Jupiter
Kurt Rosenwinkel

The decidedly new age concept for Kurt Rosenwinkel’s 10th album as a leader, a cosmology-infused double-disc collection of originals for quartet, came to him in a dream. “The ‘Star of Jupiter’ was given to me as a key to transcend the cycles of form, illusion...

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02/01/13    Albums

90 Yrs.
Toots Thielemans

Arguably the most recognizable stylist on the harmonica, 90-year-old jazz icon Toots Thielemans continues to tour around the world—this recording is culled from a series of live dates during the past five years—and he hasn’t lost the boyish sense of wonder...

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01/31/13    Albums

Arts for Life: My Life is Bold
Various Artists

“Poetry makes nothing happen,” W.H. Auden quipped, but it has long been the bailiwick of artists to make something happen long after the dust has settled and no one else will. Poetry is in fact the basis of the Arts for Life release My Life Is Bold , a compilation...

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01/16/13    Albums

Triumph
Ferenc Nemeth

The cover of Ferenc Nemeth’s third album as a leader depicts Hungary’s leading jazz percussionist juggling 13 drumsticks, all suspended in midair, a fitting image for this vertiginous collection of polyrhythms and odd time signatures composed entirely by...

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01/15/13    Undertones

Artful Joy
John Daversa

The Los Angeles jazz scene has a briskness, muscularity and cosmopolitanism to it that trumpeter and composer John Daversa has absorbed by osmosis. Though he’s toured internationally, the California native never strayed far from his Hollywood home base...

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01/03/13    Undertones

Granular Alchemy
Jacob Anderskov

The prolific pianist and composer Jacob Anderskov specializes in creating spontaneous order. It’s not that his tendency toward cacophony and his percussive style are particularly organized. Rather, through the spontaneity of it all, Anderskov’s elaborate...

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12/10/12    Undertones

Quartet
Max Johnson

An acolyte of avant-garde bassist Henry Grimes, Max Johnson imbues his Hungarian flatback with an unhinged fervor on this promising debut, a collection of six originals for piano-less quartet that filter a range of genres through a distinctly free prism...

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12/06/12    Features

Reggie Quinerly: Talk of the Town

The Houston drummer explores Houston history and his own heritage

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11/28/12    Undertones

116th & Park
Greg Skaff

Guitarist Greg Skaff is one of those musician’s musicians who can effortlessly do whatever the situation calls for without breaking a sweat. On this hard-bop-centric session inspired by East Harlem, he cuts loose with a first-rate trio featuring (mostly...

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11/25/12    Education

Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Program Celebrates Its 30th Year

Where versatile music education is delivered by famous faculty

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11/19/12    Education

After Hours: A Brief Introduction to the Jazz Jam Session

Plus: Where to hang in NYC to catch a jam

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11/06/12    Albums

Alone Together with Bobby Rose
Pat Martino

Pat Martino’s collaboration with Bobby Rose eventually led to Baiyina (The Clear Evidence): Psychedelic Excursions Through the Magical Mysteries of the Koran , a 1968 raga-based album inspired by Ravi Shankar, but the two Philly guitarists’ path to fusion...

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11/03/12    Albums

Jan Garbarek
Dansere

The advent of Jan Garbarek in the late ’60s created a riptide. Here was a tenor saxophonist from Norway, of all places, who, like nearly everyone else at the time, emerged from the shadow of John Coltrane. But Garbarek flaunted such a raw, individual sound...

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10/20/12    Albums

Shifting Gears
Jerry Bergonzi

Jerry Bergonzi has spent his career based in Boston, his hometown. But despite only having lived in New York for several years, he is still widely regarded as one of the finest tenor players on the international scene. This album of originals highlights...

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Aidan Levy joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 16, 2009