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Greg Ward – Touch My Beloved’s Thought (2016)

Greg Ward – Touch My Beloved’s Thought (2016)

Paying homage to a Charles Mingus masterpiece with inspired original material is just what you’d expect from the ever-curious, ever-expansive alto saxophonist Greg Ward.

Sam Trapchak – Land Grab (2015)

Sam Trapchak – Land Grab (2015)

Here is a review of Sam Trapchak’s solid second album, ‘Land Grab,’ with Greg Ward, Tom Chang and Christian Coleman.

Gaps and Spaces [Greg Ward + Caleb Willitz] – Synoptic Optiks (2015)

Gaps and Spaces [Greg Ward + Caleb Willitz] – Synoptic Optiks (2015)

Here is a review of the Greg Ward/Caleb Willitz experimental Gaps & Space project ‘Synoptic Optiks.’ Once again, Greg Ward finds another way to defy not only expectations but discourage the very notion of setting expectations on him in the first place.

Incisive saxophonist Greg Ward seeking Kickstarter help for next Fitted Shards project

Help saxophonist Greg Ward reach his funding goal for the next Fitted Shards album.

Marquis Hill – Sounds Of The City (2012)

Last year Marquis Hill introduced himself on his debut album New Gospel as a trumpeter, composer and bandleader who can weave in all sorts of modern grooves that give no ground in defending the proud traditions of jazz.

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2011: Jazz Rock and Fusion Jazz

There are records that are frankly too loud to be jazz, and swing too much to be rock. This is the slot for those things — a place where you’ll find everyone from Tony Levin and Derek Sherinian from Black Country Communion to Nels Cline and Bill Frisell.

Greg Ward – Greg Ward's Phonic Juggernaut (2011)

About a year ago saxophonist Greg Ward was leading a quartet that was preparing to do a recording session for a jazz radio station when the pianist was unable to make it.

Sam Trapchak’s Put Together Funny – Lollipopocalypse (2010)

Sam Trapchak’s Put Together Funny – Lollipopocalypse (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Growing up in the Detroit area, Sam Trapchak’s dad played electric bass, and like most musically interested young boys in America, Sam wanted to play guitar. But his father persuaded him to take up bass instead with a piece of irrefutable logic: Everyone always needs a bass player. From there, young Sam was on his way,Read More

Greg Ward's Fitted Shards – South Side Story (2010)

Greg Ward's Fitted Shards – South Side Story (2010)

photo: Don Getsug by S. Victor Aaron Unless they have already been a key player in an established band, debut album of jazz solo artists tend to be uninspired affairs. Not yet finding their own identity, these neophytes often fall back on mimicking their major influences, making very competent but unexceptional records. Even most of the best musicians start offRead More

Exploding Star Orchestra – Stars Have Shapes (2010)

Exploding Star Orchestra – Stars Have Shapes (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Cornet player Rob Mazurek has got to be one of the busiest guys on the robust Chicago fringe jazz scene. We loved Sound Is when it came out last year, which introduced his new quintet, but Mazurek has by then helmed or co-helmed so many other projects that starts with jazz and ends up who knowsRead More

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