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Jazz Review

The Atlanta Jazz Festival: Free Jazz for the Masses

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On a gorgeous evening, with a cloudless sky above, throngs of Atlantans swarmed over the rolling hills of beautiful Piedmont Park to participate in this year's Atlanta Jazz Festival.

A River Runs Through Borden Auditorium at the Manhattan School of Music

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The music was masterfully played by the MSM's Jazz Philharmonic, who conquered the suite's demanding musical nuances, creating the atmosphere that so brilliantly depicts the natural musical sounds of the river rafting experience.

Alexis Cole & Trio Serenades at the Falcon Brunch in Marlboro, NY

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Ralph A. Miriello

Alexis Cole has been compared to the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day, but in truth she has her own style that is an amalgam of her many influences.

Trumpeter Sean Jones Excels on His Latest

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Jones is maturing into a leading voice on the instrument and has developed as a talented leader and composer in the genre.

Get Me: Guitarist Joe Beck Leaves a Shining Legacy

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

If Joe Beck somehow had the desire, the dream to leave one last recorded legacy of what this music really meant to him, then surely the brilliantly recorded Get Me is a wonderfully realized dream.

Ben Allison's The Stars Look Very Different Today

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

With a distinctively science fiction flavor, composer/bassist Ben Allison's latest The Stars Look Very Different Today follows a Star Trekian path to "... boldly go where no man has gone before."

Trombone Artistry: Steve Turre's The Bones of Art

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The Bones of Art may well be the best trombone featured album since the seminal collaborations made by Kai Winding and JJ Johnson

Steve Gadd Sets the Groove in Gadditude

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

This album grows on you each time you play it. Put it on your CD player or iPod and simply sit back and enjoy. Steve Gadd's staid, subtle performance throughout is a testament to his ability to let the music speak for itself with a total lack of hubris.

Dianne Reeves Brings Her Jazz to Columbus Park in Stamford, CT

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

At the age of 56 it is not hyperbole to consider her in the same breath as singers of the stature of Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington or Carmen McRae.

Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On this Fourth of July, let our passion for the music continue with this yearly celebration of these communicators, those who have been and continue to be so instrumental in bringing us this music we love so much.

A Hip Baritone Sings the Music of Miles Davis

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

When the crooner Giacomo Gates tackles a project, you never know what to expect, but you can pretty much take it to the bank that it will be both entertaining and interesting.

Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak: East Meets West Meets...

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

In listening to the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest offering Gamak, I am struck by the passion for experimental immersion that is present throughout the endeavor.

Basking in the Sounds of Tom Harrell's Latest 'Number Five'

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.14.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Make no mistake, despite some fine individual performances on the album, it is the leader Tom Harrell's vision that makes Number Five such a top-notch offering.

Casting for Gravity: Donny McCaslin's Adventure Into Electronica

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The saxophonist Donny McCaslin has been steadily adding to a body of work that is firmly establishing him as a powerful voice in modern creative music.

Two Ladies of Song Offer Two Different Paths to Great Jazz

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 06.02.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Each week there seems to be at least one CD in my mailbox that features yet another female jazz singer. Some have stellar back-up bands or top quality arrangers. Few leave lasting impressions Here are two that do.

Vijay Iyer Solo Piano Concert at the Carnegie Room of the Nyack Library

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.14.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of his generation. He has garnered an endless collection of awards from the press, a cult-like following by his fans and deserved respect and recognition from his fellow musicians.

Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo Klein Join Forces to Create the Compelling Beinestan

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.01.2011 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

In the case of this latest release Bienestan, Mr. Klein worked in close collaboration with the pianist Aaron Goldberg to create a series of compositions and arrangements that were tailor-made to showcase Mr. Goldberg's considerable talents.

The Revolution Will Be Jazz: Giacomo Gates Celebrates The Music Of Gil Scott-Heron

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.24.2011 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The Revolution Will Be Jazz is certainly a noble homage to Gil Scott-Heron and his work. Mr. Ruffin should be proud of the results. With this album Mr. Gates has successfully ventured into new ground.

When the Heart Emerges Glistening a Powerful New Album by Ambrose Akinmusire

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.20.2011 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

At the tender age of 29, trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire, has garnered a plethora of accolades and acknowledgements this year for his recent work.