Local/Campus News & Jazz Updates

  • Irene Schweizer / Hamid Drake: Celebration
    by Troy Dostert on May 18, 2021 at 7:01 am

    If John Coltrane was the dominant figure behind the rise of Impulse Records in the 1960s, and Wayne Shorter played a similar role for Blue Note in the same decade, one could argue that pianist Irène Schweizer has placed her stamp upon Intakt Records… [ read more ]

  • Zurich Jazz Orchestra and Steffen Schorn: Dedications
    by Dan McClenaghan on May 18, 2021 at 7:01 am

    The Zurich Jazz Orchestra (ZJO), under the leadership of multiple reedist Steffen Schorn, is a colorful listening experience on their 2021 release Dedications. The arrangements weave woodwind pastels over backdrops of the darker hues of the trombones and bursts of bright primaries from the trumpets… [ read more ]

  • Arbenz, Mehari, Veras: Conversation #1: Condensed
    by Kyle Simpler on May 18, 2021 at 7:01 am

    One of the most appealing aspects in jazz is the interplay among musicians in a group. There is usually a continuous musical conversation occurring during any given session, which adds an element of spontaneity. Swiss drummer Florian Arbenz is concentrating on this concept of conversation in his upcoming releases, beginning with Conversation #1: Condensed… [ read more ]

  • Cecil Taylor Quintet: Lifting The Bandstand
    by Mark Corroto on May 18, 2021 at 7:01 am

    No other artist, except maybe Miles Davis, created the sort of event/happening that surrounded a Cecil Taylor performance. As Taylor’s career advanced from the 1960s on, his presentation became an almost pure expression, one not limited by the terms ‘jazz,’ ‘poetry,’ and ‘dance.’ Of the many chapters his art held, for many fans it is Taylor’s travels to Europe that define his career… [ read more ]

  • Suomi Morishita: Ein.
    by Friedrich Kunzmann on May 17, 2021 at 7:01 am

    If Johannes Brahms and Karlheinz Stockhausen had shared the same creative period and Miles Davis had been inspired by their collaboration, one might end up with something close to what Suomi Morishita offers in his calm elaborations on Ein…. [ read more ]