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Live At Montmartre Series

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Recordings are now being made in Montmartre, the legendary Copenhagen jazz club, which--thanks largely to the efforts of pianist Niels Lan Doky--reopened in 2010. The original Montmartre started in 1959 as a venue for trad, which Scandinavians call “happy jazz." Stan Getz, who lived in the Danish capital from 1958-1961, introduced more modern sounds, followed by other expatriate Americans, including Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon. The club moved to larger premises and from 1976-1989 was a major European jazz venue, hosting many of the music's leading figures, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins ...

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Eddie Gomez: Per Sempre

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Taken as a cohesive statement--a one-hour piece of art in a world of downloads and diminishing attention spans--bassist Eddie Gomez's Per Sempre stands out, with the minor and enviable disadvantage of opening with the set's loveliest tune, “Arianna." Good news/good news: the rest of this superb outing is just a notch--a small one--below that level of excellence.Gomez surely learned something from his eleven-year tenure as pianist Bill Evans' bassist. Evans was a master at assembling excellent trios that explored the richness and beauty of complex harmonies and three-way interplay. On Per Sempre, Gomez uses his quintet to craft ...

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Eddie Gomez: Per Sempre

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Bassist Eddie Gomez has never received the attention he deserves as a leader. While that's largely due to the fact that he spends so much time making other people sound better, the reason isn't important; it's an injustice, regardless of the cause. His pliant and flexible bass has been the binding agent and rhythmic-melodic-harmonic go-between responsible for bolstering the work of pianists like Bill Evans, Chick Corea and Hank Jones, drummers like Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd, and countless others on every instrument imaginable, but he's also put out his fair share of leader dates that highlight his artistry in ...

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Chick Corea / Eddie Gomez / Paul Motian: Further Explorations

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Chick Corea / Eddie Gomez / Paul Motian Further Explorations Universal Classics and Jazz Japan 2011 Three still-living jazz icons team up on Further Explorations, an album inspired by another legend whose influence remains unequivocal, 30 years after passing away, age 51, in 1980. Gaining initial exposure as a member of Bill Evans' first trio on New Jazz Conceptions (Riverside, 1956), drummer Paul Motian left the group nearly four years before bassist Eddie Gomez would commence an eleven-year run with the pianist on At the Montreux Jazz Festival (Verve, 1968).Though the connection is less direct, ...

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Andrei Kondakov / Igor Butman / Eddie Gomez / Lenny White: Blues for 4

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Russian music has a mile-wide streak of tragedy and sorrow running through it. If Americans hadn't invented it first, the blues could have been born on the banks of the Volga River, instead of the Mississippi. But it wasn't, so the closest thing to seeing how that might have turned out is Blues for 4, featuring a pair of Russian musicians, saxophonist Igor Butman with pianist Adrei Kondakov, along with American veterans, drummer Lenny White and the great bassist, Eddie Gomez. Recorded in 1996 and released in Russia on the Soyuz label, the album has now been re-released on Butman's ...

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Eddie Gomez: The Playing is Free

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Eddie Gomez is known throughout the world as a consummate bassist, sterling educator and a musician active in a wide variety of musical settings. He has been on the music scene for more than 40 years and has worked with everyone from Bobby Darin to Giuseppi Logan. Gomez moved from Puerto Rico as a child and was playing music from an early age. He came to prominence when Bill Evans asked him to be the bassist for the pianist's trio, a position he held for 11 years. Gomez also won the 2009 Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album: Duets (Acqua ...

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Eddie Gomez: Duo & Trio

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Jeremy Steig & Eddie Gomez Outlaws Enja 2009 Great Jazz Trio Chapter II Test of Time 2009

Eddie Gomez has long been one of the most valuable bassists in jazz, especially after his 11-year stint in the Bill Evans Trio. After leaving Evans in 1975, he was quite active on record dates, including his unusual meeting with flutist Jeremy Steig and his regular work on several albums by Hank Jones' Great Jazz Trio.



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