John Murph

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07/20/16    Concerts

Rīgas Ritmi Festival Reviewed

Jazz meets Latvian folk song, and more


05/26/16    Features

Logan Richardson's Big Summation Statement

Saxophonist unites Metheny and Moran with his Blue Note debut


04/06/16    Albums

Written in the Rocks
Renee Rosnes

Veteran pianist and composer Renee Rosnes delivers conceptual heft, suspenseful compositions and mesmerizing performances on her first album for the Smoke Sessions label. Evolutionary science, the theories of Charles Darwin and the work of Canadian technology...


03/06/16    Albums

The Distance
Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus

Bassist Michael Formanek certainly goes the distance on this grand endeavor, on which he fronts Ensemble Kolossus, an 18-piece band that leans heavily toward a kind of modern Third Stream. He folds in multiple reference points that range from Olivier Messiaen...


12/17/15    Features

Essential Albums at the Intersection of Jazz and Soul

Rhythm & blues & swing & …


10/24/15    Features

James Brandon Lewis: Groove Continuum

Connecting classic hip-hop to timeless trio interplay


06/20/15    Features

Lakecia Benjamin: Rising Soul

Saxophonist—and natural-born bandleader— readies a follow-up to powerhouse debut


05/09/15    Concerts

Review: Durham, North Carolina's Art of Cool Fest

Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett, Roy Ayers and more highlight sophomore year


11/28/14    Features

Philadelphia’s OutBeat Festival Celebrates Jazz’s LGBT Legacy

Humble beginnings, full of heart


11/26/14    Albums

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Canadian soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett continues to let her love affair with Afro-Latin music guide her. Here she fronts an all-female sextet and showcases some of the brightest young instrumental and vocal talent Cuba has to offer. Often...


11/03/14    Features

Bob Stewart: Brass Tact

A tuba master pushes toward center stage


07/13/14    Albums

Life In the Bubble
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band returns with its winning combination of impeccable musicianship and pop savvy. Goodwin’s long history of working in the film industry serves him well; he knows how to deliver charts that burst with melodic ingenuity and snazzy...


07/09/14    Albums

This Side of Mestizaje
Alex Garcia's Afromantra

Drummer extraordinaire Alex Garcia deftly balances finesse and fire on this delightful modern-jazz outing. From the very start of the opening cut, “Believe,” it’s obvious that the Chilean-born drummer has virtuosity to spare—check out his precise, intricate...


06/22/14    Albums

Sound, Space and Structures
John Escreet

U.K.-born pianist and composer John Escreet has always demonstrated a knack for the adventurous: When he arrived on the New York City jazz scene in 2006, his formidable improvisations resembled those of Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer—searching and explorative...


06/15/14    Albums

Forever Young
Jacob Young

Norwegian guitarist Jacob Young continues mapping out his own exquisite path on his third ECM outing. This time, he teams up with the Poland-based Marcin Wasilewski Trio to deliver spellbinding originals that place maximum emphasis on spatial awareness and...


05/28/14    Features

Bernie Worrell: Going It Alone

P-Funk's keyboard legend cuts his first solo piano album

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