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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Jazz Commentary: Chet Baker — The Climax of Cool by Steve Provizer

For most of its history, jazz has been a macho culture. Sexual ambiguity or gay-ness were subjects of derision.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s “The Window” — A Very Beautiful View by Steve Provizer

The Window contains an inspired pairing -- between singer Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist-organist Sullivan Fortner.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Jazz Commentary: Response to “The Jazz Bubble” by Steve Provizer

Arts Fuse Jazz critic Steve Provizer responds to Dale Chapman's book The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in a Neoliberal Culture.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Jazz Concert Review: Arturo Sandoval — Master Showman and Musician by Steve Provizer

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is a big personality and in this performance he was almost as much raconteur, comedian and ringmaster as musician.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Concert Review: Kurt Elling at the Shaolin Liu Performance Center by Steve Provizer

Although his choice of material doesn't always work for me, for my money, Kurt Elling is the most important jazz vocalist of the last twenty years.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Review: “Sonny Rollins — Meditating on a Riff” by Steve Provizer

The author of this Sonny Rollins bio promises us “A Journey into his World of Spirituality” -- and that sets high expectations.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Vocalist Allegra Levy — Moonstruck by Steve Provizer

Vocalist Allegra Levy is at her strongest when purveying certain specific moods -- melancholy, playful, even lightly ironic.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Lionel Loueke’s “Close Your Eyes” by Steve Provizer

Lionel Loueke is a unique voice, who has managed to bring a number of influences together without weakening or undermining any of them.

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Music Commentary: The Vinyl Resurgence by Steve Provizer

For the moment, it is refreshing to see how carefully the music is being recorded and packaged.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Jazz Commentary: Greg Hopkins Big Band at Ryles — Whither Big Bands? by Steve Provizer

At this time in the Boston jazz scene, there are no ongoing spaces for big bands and, predictably, the number of such ensembles has shrunk.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “Heart of Brazil” — Homage to Egberto Gismonti by Steve Provizer

While perhaps not more than the sum of its parts -- that would be hard to imagine -- the music on this tribute disc has its own vitality and stands well on its own.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “The Genius of Eddie Jefferson” — Performed by Allan Harris by Steve Provizer

Singer Allan Harris clearly loves Eddie Jefferson's music and performs it with sincerity and chops.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Vocalist Kurt Elling’s Simple “Questions” by Steve Provizer

For my taste, some of the songs on Kurt Elling's The Questions simply aren’t challenging or interesting enough.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Jeff Denson’s “Outside My Window” — by Steve Provizer

A listener's response to this album would largely depend on whether or not the sound of Jeff Denson’s voice and the instrumentation strike a chord.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Interview: Tracy Fessenden, author of “Religion Around Billie Holiday” by Steve Provizer

"It seemed worthwhile to me to think about how the spiritual currents Billie Holiday navigated might have shaped her life and her sound and what she and others made of them."

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “Seraphic Light” [Live At Tufts University] by Steve Provizer

The players are striking out into the unknown: you may find the journey inspiring and you may sometimes find yourself lost in the woods.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Concert Review: Boston Symphony Chamber Players by Steve Provizer

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players gave a very satisfying performance of eclectic musical material.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Jazz Interview: Composer/Pianist Anthony Coleman — On Being “Avant-Guarde” by Steve Provizer

As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, NEC commissioned Anthony Coleman to compose a large-scale work he has named Streams.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Jazz Preview: Arlington Jazz Festival — An Ambitious Line-up by Steve Provizer

The motto on the Morningside Music Studios web site is “keep the groove in your life.” Words to live by.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jazz Commentary: Survival of a Scene in Boston by Steve Provizer

Local music venues -- especially those with “off” music like jazz -- are caught in a vice, with real estate escalation on one side and corporate-dominated digital technology on the other.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Opera Review: “The Rosenbergs” — A Morally Complicated Tale, Well Told by Steve Provizer

The Rosenbergs is small in scope but large in ambition; it is an accomplished and moving opera that demands attention.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “Distant Song” — Reflective Strength by Steve Provizer

Singer Fred Farell brings an introspective sensibility to this album and has gathered a group of songs that are appropriate for his introverted and quietly aspirational lyrics.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Jazz CD Review: The Kathrin Pechlof Trio by Steve Provizer

Toward the Unknown is a well-wrought, well-rendered recording — one worthy of serious attention.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Review: “This is Hip” — The Trials and Tribulations of Jazz Singer Mark Murphy by Steve Provizer

Jazz singer Mark Murphy was just too much for most audiences during that period; too intense, too varied, too unpredictable.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Lello Molinari’s Italian Music in a Jazz Vein by Steve Provizer

The communication among the group members is at a high level and the playing is flawless.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Jazz Concert Review: Celebrating Bob Brookmeyer by Steve Provizer

Bob Brookmeyer's great contribution was to make it seem as though anything is possible -- and permissible --in the big band context.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Jazz Review: Accent — “In This Together” by Steve Provizer

The music on Accent's album is lovely and the singers render the arrangements with skill and commitment.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Sara Serpa’s “Close Up” — Rewarding Ambiguity by Steve Provizer

Singer Sara Serpa refracts, bends, suspends, and shifts the sounds and syllables, creating a kind of linguistic limbo.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jazz Review: Harvey Diamond Quintet at the New School of Music by Steve Provizer

There was an easy depth to the music, if such is possible, as if the musicians were digging in hard, but with the relaxed assurance that comes of a shared vision.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Owen Broder’s American Roots Project — Heritage by Steve Provizer

I’ve never run across music like this and never had even a platonic notion of what such a hybrid would sound like.

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