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Live Review: 39th Montreal International Jazz Festival

Despite a record-breaking heatwave over the Canada Day holiday weekend, the 10-day music marathon that was the 39th Montreal International Jazz Festival (June 28-July 8) proceeded in fine fashion, with a smorgasbord of high-caliber performances rooted in jazz, blues, pop, world music, and other genres. Hundreds of thousands of concertgoers flooded onto the streets around … Read More “Live Review: 39th Montreal International Jazz Festival”

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Review: Detroit Jazz Festival 2017

It says something about the curatorial sharpness and magnitude of the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival when sets including the Vijay Iyer Sextet, Karriem Riggins with Esperanza Spalding, a tribute to Elvin Jones featuring Dave Liebman, and Wayne Shorter plus strings can be cancelled and a serious fan still feels sated. Unfortunately that point was proven … Read More “Review: Detroit Jazz Festival 2017”

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Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988

Box sets this colossal should come with roadmaps. At 34 discs, the set will surely intimidate the novice listener. In today’s ADD world, being presented with nearly two decades of material can be paralyzing, especially if the listener’s inclination is to absorb the music chronologically. The upswing, though, is that Hancock’s musical trajectory during his … Read More “Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988”

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