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Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

Though Ms. Lila Downs was born Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico and grew up there and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she has fully embraced the music of her Mexican heritage. Howeve…
When was the last time you picked up an album titled Let’s Groove and you really did (groove, that is)? When was the last time you liked an album by a fellow wh…
The man is gone, his music lives on. We Music Fans hear that a lot, and sometimes it’s the guys what hold the copyrights that’re splish splash raking in the cash. Not in…
This French/Ivory Coast-er drummer Manu Katché fellow has quite the resume - Euro-jazz saxophonist Jan Garberek, cosmopolitan prog-rockers Sting and Pet…
Larry Goldings is an organist/pianist/composer who’s made his bones with Matt Wilson, John Scofield, and others, but here he bathes in the spotlight him…
When folks talk "trios," it usually means "piano trio" (jazz; keys/bass/drums) or "power trio" (rock; guitar/bass/drums). In the 30s & 40s, a piano trio often meant pian…
What is it about the Midwest anyway? It’s supposed to be conservative and it sure can be, but like with any "repressive" setting, it engenders wild creativity. Doppler S…
The term "fusion" has come to (loosely) define many things over the years. Jazz fused with rock, funk, whatever (Weather Report, Yellowjackets), slickly produced easygoi…
I’m not sure how to pronounce it either, but this fellow Eyal Maoz is, to employ hackneyed critical phraseology, a talent to watch. Maoz is Israeli-born, New York City-r…
O Fusion! Where Art Thou? Or: What hath Corea wrought? I can’t try to be "funny" anymore - this platter by Speed of Sound done went and put the kibosh o…