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Twenty-Five Great Jazz Soprano Saxophone Performances

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 02.10.2017 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The soprano Saxophone has been the stepchild to its large brothers, the Alto and Tenor saxophones in jazz music. Despite a lineage that dates to the e...

Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's #Jive Culture: Hipness Meets Maturity

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

When a new album comes out from an artist that you have listened to and appreciated, it is always a moment of anticipation when you play the first cut and see if it holds up to your expectations.

Pianist/Composer Marc Copland Reaches New Heights With Zenith

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.09.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The pianist has consistently tried to reach his own personal musical zenith, whether it be as a leader or as a much sought after sideman. With his latest recording Zenith he may have accomplished just that.

Grafitti: J.D. Allen's Art of the Jazz Saxophone Trio

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.25.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Forty-three year old tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen is a man on the rise. He was named as Downbeat's Rising Star in 2011 and has matured nicely in the succeeding four years. Witness his latest creation Graffiti, a tour de force of purpose and inventiveness.

John Escreet's Sabotage and Celebration: A Work to Celebrate

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Escreet's Sabotage and Celebration is a complex and intriguing album that showcases the young pianist's increasing maturation as a composer. Like his playing, the album challenges the senses.

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

Is the Gezira Club Still the "In" Place in Cairo?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

With all the political, security, religious, and social turmoil in Egypt today it's easy to forget former stomping grounds with a special historical f...

Costumes Are Mandatory: Ethan Iverson and Lee Konitz

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

This record finds the eighty-five year old alto-saxophonist Lee Konitz playing in top form with his signature dry-ice tone and his measured economy of notes that somehow speaks volumes.

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.

Tim Hagans' The Moon Is Waiting

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

For the last several years, the trumpeter Tim Hagans has been a ubiquitous force on the modern jazz scene, both as a powerful voice on his instrument and as a talented composer and arranger.

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.

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.

My Midlife Jazz Crisis: Jazz Radio RIP

Joseph Vella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Joseph Vella

The other day my 10-year-old daughter walked into my office as I was listening to one of the prominent jazz radio stations on the east coast. She lis...

1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

Fred Kaplan's enlivening 1959: The Year Everything Changed, argues that the '50s -- a decade that saw the invention of the microchip and the creation of explosive art -- has been misunderstood in hindsight.