Palestinian singer-songwriter Rim Banna has performed in recent years in Tunis and Egypt, where the the Arab Spring began and where artists took a crucial role in the collective struggle to topple down repressive regimes and politicians. In her tours she sensed the rebellious spirit and wanted to trace its origins in Arabic poetry. Banna chose Arabic Mystic poems from ancient to modern times, performed in the age of rebellion" of Tunisian, Palestinian, Iraqi and Persian and Andalusian writers in the hope that the ecstatic spirit of freedom and human camaraderie will shine where the light of freedom has not ...read more
What happens when you put four distinct voices--each one equally powerful--together in an ensemble? The chance that they will pull in different directions is quite real. The fact that the repertoire is as exciting as it is challenging is also quite the lure to fly in the face of convention, even if the rest of the cohort is not quite ready. Such a prospect must surely have presented itself to BANN--saxophonist, Seamus Blake, bassist, Jay Anderson, guitarist, Oz Noy and drummer Adam Nussbaum--which comes together for the startling As You Like. Blake and Noy dance contrapuntally on the acutely angled ...read more
Not to be confused with the British Association of Neuroscience Nurses, or the Builders Association of Northern Nevada, BANN--the brainchild of drummer Adam Nussbaum--is a quartet which nevertheless matches brain with brawn. Saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Jay Anderson, Nussbaum and guitarist Oz Noy pool their initials and their considerable individual talents, to create a vibrant, swinging unit with empathy in abundance. There's a veritable spring in the quartet's collective step, and a buoyancy that permeates the playing on As You Like. The four musicians sound as if they really enjoy playing together, and a fine balance is struck between individual ...read more
BANN came together in 2007, combining the experienced rhythm section of bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Adam Nussbaum with the younger duo of guitarist Oz Noy and tenor player Seamus Blake. While the band has been busy playing live on the European scene it's taken almost four years for its debut album, recorded in May 2009, to appear. As You Like melds a fascinating blend of bop and post-bop jazz, rock, blues and country which gives all four members of the quartet a chance to shine. Blake and Noy are confident and melodic players who engage in ...read more
Featuring alumni of his various ensembles, this little big band was founded in 1994 to perform a Frank Zappa tribute at Germany’s Stuttgart Jazz Festival. Therefore, this 2002 studio production features the group’s interpretations of five Zappa compositions to complement original works by the respective band members. Even the CD cover art features an abstract, cartoon type illustration that mirrors the artwork found on Zappa’s early Mother of Invention LPs. In a nutshell, these folks revitalize the memory of Zappa’s large ensemble works via unbelievably difficult horn and rhythmic arrangements amid stabs at humor and zaniness. Ex-Zappa drummer Chad Wackerman ...read more
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