Sharonne Cohen

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12/16/14    Albums

Still Casual
Walter Smith III

Tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III assembles a stellar cast of collaborators here, all of whom he has played with in various constellations: Taylor Eigsti (piano), Matthew Stevens (guitar), Harish Raghavan (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums) and guest Ambrose...

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09/14/14    Albums

Rush
Tom Guarna

The title of New York guitarist-composer Tom Guarna’s sixth recording alludes to the rush of creativity and excitement that provides the impetus for these eight new compositions. Ranging from fiery to elegiac, the material is interpreted by a formidable...

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08/03/14    Albums

New Throned King
Yosvany Terry

Mentored and initiated into the West African Dahomeyan tradition in Matanzas, Cuba (where it is known as Arará Sabalú), saxophonist and composer Yosvany Terry set out to document a repertoire of sacred music and ceremony faithfully preserved since the 19th...

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07/25/14    Albums

When Words Fail
David Weiss

The title for this recording evokes Hans Christian Andersen’s commentary on the power of music: “Where words fail, music speaks.” Words indeed fail here, and this instrumental album reflects on the theme of loss—the pain, grief and sense of hopelessness—but...

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07/09/14    Concerts

The Montreal International Jazz Festival at 35: A Look Back

Ten days of superb music

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06/24/14    Albums

Conversations
Stanton Moore

Veteran drummer Stanton Moore, of New Orleans funk masters Galactic, returns to his jazz beginnings with a spirited piano-trio recording. Setting out to explore his straight-ahead jazz influences, Moore went into woodshed mode, taking lessons with drummer...

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05/20/14    Albums

Shadow Theater
Tigran

On this, his fifth album, Armenian-born pianist, keyboardist and sometime singer Tigran Hamasyan is inspired by traditional Armenian shadow theater, exploring the power of ambiguity and the multiplicity of meaning found in the art form. Principally through...

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04/30/14    Albums

Twelve
Eli Degibri

“Music is like a fairytale: ageless, immortal. And we musicians are eternally Peter Pan, no matter if we are 16, 18, 35 or 80 years old,” reflects saxophonist Eli Degibri in the notes to Twelve , his sixth recording. Featuring two emerging young talents—18...

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07/10/13    Concerts

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: So Much Jazz

Despite a plethora of pop and other genres, jazz is still plentiful

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06/21/13    Albums

Transcendence
Jaimeo Brown

Drummer-composer-sonic conceptualist Jaimeo Brown delivers a compelling offering on this, his debut recording, weaving seemingly incongruous elements—Southern spirituals, East Indian music, jazz, blues and electronica—into a seamless patchwork. In pursuit...

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06/05/13    Concerts

Concert Review: D’Angelo Rocks Montreal

New album due in September

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04/30/13    Albums

Heels Over Head
Billy Martin's Wicked Knee

Here, drummer Billy Martin, of the inimitable Medeski Martin & Wood, leads his compact avant-brass group through its second release. Its name derived from Shake Your Wicked Knees (a compilation of piano rags, blues and stomps of the ’20s and ’30s), the quartet...

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01/10/13    Albums

Naturally
Houston Person

Active on the scene for decades, 78-year-old tenor saxophonist Houston Person still seems to be a discovery for some. Both newcomers to his music and longtime fans will no doubt enjoy this latest recording featuring a formidable group: veteran pianist Cedar...

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07/11/12    Concerts

Review: The Montréal International Jazz Festival 2012

More than 800 concerts by artists from dozens of nations

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06/29/12    Albums

Andy Statman Old Brooklyn

This two-CD set by clarinetist and mandolinist Andy Statman blends progressive bluegrass, jazz, country, traditional Jewish music, folk and rock, all coming together through a unique, unifying aesthetic testifying to the ways in which these genres intertwine...

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06/15/12    Albums

Dos y Mas
Elio Villafranca/Arturo Stable

While pianist Elio Villafranca and percussionist Arturo Stable are both classically trained and steeped in the music of their Cuban roots, they also explore Middle Eastern and African forms on this duo session featuring 10 co-written originals. Villafranca’s...

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About Sharonne Cohen

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JazzTimes contributor Sharonne Cohen is a Montreal-based writer and editor. She has been a music journalist since 2003, her work published in JazzTimes, DownBeat, The Revivalist, La Scena Musicale, Rover Arts and other publications.

Sharonne Cohen joined the JazzTimes community on Aug 10, 2014