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Enrico Rava/Joe Lovano: Roma (ECM)

Although they’d played a handful of gigs together decades ago, Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava and American saxophonist Joe Lovano hadn’t undergone a proper co-leader tour until the 2018 outing that found them stopping in Rome to make this live recording. Accompanied by pianist Giovanni Guidi, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer Gerald Cleaver, the two horn … Read More “Enrico Rava/Joe Lovano: Roma (ECM)”

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Live Review: 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

“Reunion” was the watchword for the 40th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, which welcomed back five of its former artists-in-residence for the occasion. But one unwelcome reunion threatened the fest’s culminating performance on Labor Day, as storm clouds once again gathered prior to Stanley Clarke’s final set—as they had in both 2014 and 2017, when the … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival”

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Dave Douglas: Uplift (Greenleaf)

During his appearance at Winter Jazzfest 2017, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings implored the audience that “We need new songs, new hymns, new myths.” Uplift, the latest album from the prolific trumpeter Dave Douglas, is, albeit indirectly, a response to Hutchings’ plea. The record’s 12 tracks ring as treatises in musical form rather than popular songs or … Read More “Dave Douglas: Uplift (Greenleaf)”

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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas/Sound Prints: Scandal (Greenleaf)

In a press release, Dave Douglas lays out the reasoning behind the title of this second Sound Prints album, Scandal. “We’re not playing by the traditional, or school-taught, rules of jazz,” the trumpeter-composer writes. It is scandalous, he explains further, in today’s ever-more-unpredictable climate, “to question everything about the assumptions made in improvisation,” an activity … Read More “Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas/Sound Prints: Scandal (Greenleaf)”

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