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Somi’s Brilliant Petite Afrique

  I’ve known of Somi, the magnificent singer and songwriter for about ten years, and for much of that time I thought that her music was a great sound in search of a comparable style or at least repertoire. It’s … Continue reading

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Music: Kevin Eubanks at Birdland

Thursday night, just after two friends joined me at a table near the stage at Birdland, one of them asked me “are you reviewing?”  It was an earnest inquiry even if it hit a sore spot.  Concert reviews are no … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the new Linda May Han Oh Recording: Walk Against Wind

ARTS ARTS IN REVIEW MUSIC REVIEW ‘Walk Against Wind’ by Linda May Han Oh Review The bassist and composer’s third recording in a predominantly quartet setting helps focus attention on the evolution of her writing and improvising. Linda May Han … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the Eivind Opsvik disc

‘Overseas V’ Review: A Norwegian’s Vintage New York Sounds Eivind Opsvik’s new release takes its cues from the punk funk era Eivind Opsvik performing in 2015; his latest album, ‘Overseas V,’ is out Friday. Photo: Bernd Thissen/DPA/Zuma Press ByMartin Johnson … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Akua Dixon

‘Akua’s Dance’ by Akua Dixon Review: An Ode to the Cello’s Versatility On her latest album, the cellist offers a wide range of originals, jazz repertoire and pop tunes. Akua Dixon Photo: James Rich By Martin Johnson Feb. 8, 2017 … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Theo Bleckmann

‘Elegy’ by Theo Bleckmann Review: A Jazz Vocalist for the 21st Century With his clear, crisp diction and use of digital effects, Theo Bleckmann makes some of the most interesting music in recent history. By Martin Johnson Jan. 25, 2017 … Continue reading

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Winter Jazz Festival 2017

Winter Jazz Festival Marathon Musings My 2017 Winter Jazz Festival Marathon began and ended with arguments. No, they weren’t stylistic or about the nature of social awareness (one of the WJF 2017 themes) and music.  The disagreement was more fundamental.  … Continue reading

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