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4434 days ago
Guardian MusicThe multi award-winning graduates of Berklee College in the US have expanded the scope of rock, jazz and popRoger Brown, 55, has presided over the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, since 2004. Reputedly the world's top school for "mo... more info

Lynne Arriale: Solo – review

4445 days ago
Guardian Music(In & Out)With this solo set of seven originals, two Thelonious Monk themes and three standards, Lynne Arriale, a former classical pianist from Milwaukee, has taken a long-postponed plunge into unaccompanied performance. Arriale isn't an edgy artist,... more info

Kuhn/Swallow/Baron: Wisteria – review

4466 days ago
Guardian Music(ECM)Veteran pianist Steve Kuhn is in the same class as label-mate Keith Jarrett: a virtuoso improviser who injects new life into familiar material. Kuhn's sophistication with harmony and delicacy of touch are in evidence throughout this session, sh... more info

Review: In Zellerbach recital, keyboard titan András Schiff is tireless and basically infallible

4522 days ago
Mercury News, CaliforniaHis Wednesday appearance was just one of many by piano giants coming to Berkeley through mid-June, including Richard Goode, Peter Serkin and Keith Jarrett. more info

Tord Gustavsen: The Well – review

4536 days ago
Guardian Music(ECM)When the popular Norwegian jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen expanded his regular trio to a quartet, adding atmospheric saxophonist Tore Brunborg for the album Restored Returned, he found his perfect band. The Well (which joins new material commissio... more info

Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian: Further Explorations | CD review

4557 days ago
Guardian Music(Concord Jazz)There was a time in the 1970s and early 80s when the jazz-averse, if they wanted to show why jazz couldn't touch the punch of pop or rock, would rest their case on the fragile murmurings of the acoustic piano trio. The hiss of a drum... more info

ACT Records: 'It doesn't happen like this in the corporate world'

4571 days ago
Guardian MusicWhen its star artist Esbjörn Svensson died in a scuba accident, ACT Records almost called it a day. Instead, it's just reached its 20th anniversary on top of the jazz worldIf Stax, Motown or Sun Records figure in pop iconography as labels almost as ... more info

Radio.string.quartet.vienna – review

4578 days ago
Guardian MusicRadiodreams (ACT)2012 is the 20th-anniversary year of ACT Records, the adventurous German label, founded by former Warner exec Siggi Loch, that introduced the late Esbjörn Svensson to the world. It now supports cutting-edge mavericks such as pianist... more info

Paul Motian obituary

4621 days ago
Guardian MusicInnovative free-jazz percussionist who took improvisation to new heightsThe American percussionist, composer and bandleader Paul Motian, who has died aged 80, was perhaps most famous for enhancing the work of a brilliant jazz pianist. This he did no... more info

Keith Jarrett: Rio – review

4641 days ago
Guardian Music(ECM)It takes a while to get over the shock of seeing an ECM Records sleeve as a riot of blazing yellows and reds rather than the usual mysterious monochrome. Then you listen to this solo-piano double album, recorded live only six months ago in Rio, ... more info

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