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David Neves: Progress Report

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At twenty-five years of age, Boston-based trumpeter David Neves can't be expected to boast a big recorded with/played with resume. But he can boast a first rate education--Berklee and the New England Conservatory. And with his Progress Report, a marvelous debut as leader, Neves blows way beyond expectations for a new kid on the block. Neves offers up nine of his distinctive and engaging original compositions in the company of a group of stellar sidemen. With a continuity of mood and style, something often eschewed in debuts for the purposes of “showing everything they've got," the atmosphere of ...

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David Gray at The Theater at Madison Square Garden

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David Gray Theater at Madison Square Garden New York City August 4, 2014 David Gray dances like there's nobody watching. Even in a packed NYC venue on a hot summer night. Anticipation filled the dark and cavernous Theater at Madison Square Garden. Nearly each and every plush seat was filled by an audience who was dressed slightly nicer than the average concert crowd. Hand holding, cocktails and muted tones added to the giddy vibe of a massively orchestrated date night. Something special was right around the corner, akin to being handed a brightly ...

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David Strother: Azul

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Azul is an aural meditation by electric violinist David Strother that covers a wide swathe of emotions and delves fearlessly into the human condition. The word azul means “blue" in Spanish, and indeed the songs explore many shades of this emotional color. The blues also refer to loss: during the editing and mixing phases of the EP, Strother learned about the death of bassist and composer Charlie Haden, a musician who influenced him deeply, so the EP also serves as an homage to Haden and his profound musical contributions.Azul consists of seven songs, all electric violin solos with ...

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Roger Davidson: Temple Of The Soul: Rhapsodies & Meditations For Solo Piano

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Pianist Roger Davidson isn't a fan of repeating himself. With each album he's shined a light on a different facet of his artistry, marrying a classicist's outlook and touch with a fascination for anything and everything musical. He's looked at the sounds of Brazil from different perches, explored the tango in detail, tackled the music of Michel Legrand with bassist David Finck, and delivered a standards-heavy trio program in honor of music industry vet Helen Keane. Now, with Temple Of The Soul, he delivers a program of evocative and rhapsodic piano improvisations that touches on the spirituality that fuels his ...

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Glen David Andrews at the Rockwood Music Hall

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Glen David Andrews with special guest Henry Butler Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY June 18, 2014 Glen David Andrews is a showman--pure and simple. He thrives in the spotlight. Shine a spotlight on the man and he comes alive. He is a force of nature, and one to be reckoned with. He has been described as over-the-top. In many ways that's an understatement. He is over-the-top. He is pure energy. He has charisma. He has stage presence. He also has a pedigree. His cousins are Trombone Shorty and James Andrews. His older brother Derrick ...

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David Binney: Anacapa

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Some artists move forward in great leaps and bounds, while others evolve more slowly, over longer periods of time. David Binney is one of those rare musicians who manage to do both. While a sampling of some of his recent albums, such as Bastion of Sanity (2005), Cities and Desire (2006) and Aliso (2010l, all on Criss Cross) paint a picture of the saxophonist as evolutionary, others, like 2009's Third Occasion and 2011's Graylen Epicenter (both on Binney's Mythology Records imprint) suggest he's capable of more revolutionary leaps forward as well. Even his most recent Criss Cross record, 2013's uncharacteristically ...

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David Ambrosio: Gone

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In many ways, bassist David Ambrosio can track his adult life and his musical relationships by his back-and-forth moves between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Ambrosio has called each borough home on more than one occasion over the past few decades, observing the key differences between each scene from the inside. He doesn't discriminate when it comes to choosing a New York City spot to put his bass down and play, and he happily shares his talent(s) wherever he can, but it's become increasingly clear that he prefers the ever-evolving and growing jazz community in Brooklyn to the more established, steady-as-it-goes atmosphere ...

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Andrew Downing/Jim Lewis/David Occhipinti: Bristles

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A painterly approach to standards and a not-so-standard approach to portraying painters are the two themes of Bristles. Bassist Andrew Downing, trumpeter Jim Lewis, and guitarist David Occhipinti visit in on six classics--five of which were recorded live in January of 2013 at the Jazz Room in Waterloo, Canada--and create six miniature canvases that honor boundary-pushing artists. The standards, save for a fragmented, cross-talking take on “Solar," prove to be the more substantial offerings. This trio manages to bring a hushed-yet-weighty quality to the first two lengthy classics on the playlist--"My One And Only Love" and “Once ...

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David Andrew Moore: Personal Mythologies

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The debut album of drummer David Andrew Moore, a collaborator of world music band Slavic Soul Party, clarinetist Andy Statman and drummer Ches Smith, attempts to match modern jazz with elements of chamber music and African and European folk traditions. Moore chose a unique instrumentation for this recording--soprano sax, viola, bass, keyboards and himself on drums and percussion--in order to emphasize the delicate atmosphere of his compositions. The four compositions in Personal Mythologies feature his quintet in a highly patient and respectful interplay, all based on the solid pulse of Moore, solidified by bassist player John ...

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David White Jazz Orchestra: The Chase

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Flashpoint, released three years ago (in 2011), introduced listeners to a splendid New York-based orchestra led by composer / trombonist David White. On The Chase, White proves that Flashpoint was indeed no fluke, guiding what is essentially the same ensemble through its paces on half a dozen of his admirable charts. There is one sizable difference, which will be addressed in due course; in musical terms, however, White and the orchestra are as a rule beyond reproach. He writes tasteful melodies, and the orchestra carries out his game plan to the letter. Brass and reeds are sharp and focused, while ...

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David Binney: Anacapa

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Listeners who have followed alto saxophonist David Binney's extensive discography know that rock is an intrinsic ingredient of his music. While the rock influence is almost always present, Binney's regular releases and appearances on Criss Cross Records have usually remained rooted in acoustic jazz. On Anacapa, Binney takes Criss Cross Records in a much more electric direction than the label has ventured before. With a total of ten musicians credited with contributing to the music, Anacapa ranks among Binney's most ambitious work. It continues in a similar direction as his 2011 release, Graylen Epicenter and features entirely ...

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David Weiss: When Words Fail

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"Where words fail, music speaks." Jana Herzen, head of Motema Music, shared this Hans Christian Anderson quote with David Weiss after the trumpeter had already titled his new record; the sentiment of that statement just happens to perfectly connect with this album. In 2013, loss seemed to hover around Weiss, his friends, and the jazz community at large. So, when faced with the cruel realities of life and death, Weiss did what any artist of great character and strength would do: he let his music speak his feelings. When Words Fail is a tribute album, but better ...

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Smoke Sessions: A Threesome from Herring, Jackson, & Hazeltine

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With the launch of their own label at the start of 2014, Smoke Jazz Club widened their circle by committing to tape performances by some of New York's finest musicians and dispersing this music via downloads and discs. A decidedly bare bones operation, the in-house production team has done a great job of capturing the ambiance of the room and everything from mastering to graphic design is dedicated to establishing an identity of quality and craftsmanship. Vincent Herring The Uptown Shuffle Smoke Sessions 2013 Following on the heels of their vinyl ...

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David White Jazz Orchestra: The Chase

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The Chase is one heck of a wild ride. Trombonist David White has followed up his Jazz Orchestra's debut--Flashpoint (Mister Shepherd Records, 2011)--with an album that's short on material but rich in content. A scant thirty-four minutes of music can be found on this one, with all but one of the six tracks falling in the four-to-six minute range, but better to focus on what White does with the time than the time itself. White's greatest achievement here surrounds his ability to create and manipulate momentum. Virtually every track plays on the idea of forward motion as ...



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