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Saxophonist and Composer Daniel Schnyder: The Anatomy of an Opera: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite

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Saxophonist Charlie Parker revolutionized the world of music with his legendary approach to jazz. Unfortunately, his life was much too short and filled with tragedy. In 1955, Parker died at the age of 34 from excessive drug use. He died in the apartment of the Baroness Nica von Koenigswarter in New York City, but ironically his body remained unidentified in the morgue for days afterwards. The imaginary limbo state in which Parker has extra days to finish his life is ...


The Time Capsule: Live At The Palace Of Arts Budapest

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Endre-eNerd The Time Capsule: Live at the Palace of Arts Budapest Hunnia Records & Film Production 2014 The Time Capsule is one incredibly detailed production. Drummer Endre Huszar--a.k.a. Endre-eNerd--spared no expense in capturing every aspect of this live performance that took place at the Joe Zawinul Memorial Day at the Palace of Arts Budapest. Three-hundred-and-sixty degree camera work, High Definition 3D video, and 5.1 Surround/Stereo Sound are all part of this impressive Blu-Ray release. ...


Michael Kocour: Wherever You Go, There You Are

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Wherever You Go, There You Are, Michael Kocour's energetic, deeply focused, imaginatively performed solo recital, is a patchwork of eight, twentieth-century jazz and popular songs, as well as two of the pianist's original compositions. On the one hand, Kocour is clearly cognizant of the original intent and the performance history of material ranging from “Con Alma," to “How About You?," to “An Affair To Remember," to “Evidence." On the other, Kocour's arrangements and improvisations are brimming with fresh ideas and ...


Anna Webber's Percussive Mechanics: Refraction

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Percussive Mechanics seems to be a fitting moniker for New York City- based saxophonist, composer Anna Webber's band, since the core building blocks of her intricately fabricated compositions are huddled within knotty flows and odd-metered rhythms. She doesn't operate within a narrow modus operandi, as each piece poses variable persuasions. A rising star in the avant-jazz community, Webber's group-centric focus and compositional acumen radiates here on her second album for Pirouet Records. Featuring a horde of changeable pulses and atmospherics, ...


John Tendy Quartet at Phoenix Musicians Hall

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John Tendy Quartet Phoenix Musicians Hall Phoenix, Arizona Nay 16, 2015 Once again, jny: New York City tenor saxophonist John Tendy brought his energy and style to the stage of the Musicians Hall in Phoenix, performing with jny: Phoenix pianist Armand Boatman and acoustic bassist Jack Radavich, plus jny: Los Angeles drummer Dick Weller. The repertoire was audience-friendly, from “Work Song" and “Sweet Georgia Brown" to “Tea for Two" and “Under Paris Skies." ...


Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Triangles and Circles

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The thing that sets Latin jazz apart from other forms of jazz is that it's fundamentally a music for dance. The artists who create this music are expected to move gracefully back and forth between the worlds of jazz and salsa, sometimes in a single tune. Though it's overtly intended to get our bodies moving, Latin music richly deserves our respect. No one's crying “sellout" when the dance floor fills. Always rhythmically sophisticated, full of unexpected syncopations and crowd-pleasing acrobatics, ...


Greg Nagy: Stranded

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First, of course, is the voice. Tonally-even voices are boring. That explains the appeal of voices like Louis Armstrong's (pitch-perfect gravel in a coffee can); Richard Manuel's (pleading voice of a dying man); Levon Helm's (Scotch-Irish Delta dirt) and Neil Young's (dry ice on the range). Greg Nagy has a voice like that. It is beautifully shaped out of Detroit grit, tobacco, and haze. Nagy's voice is informed equally by every Motown act he heard in his 1960's youth as ...


Les McCann: Never Say No Again

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"Be who you are and not who you ain't. Because when you are who you ain't, you're not who you are." Keyboardist, vocalist, bandleader, songwriter and photographer Les McCann really talks like this. About his music, about musicians, about his career--about everything. I learned this during the following interview, scheduled to discuss Omnivore Records' March 2015 reissue of McCann's improvisational landmark Invitation to Openness, generally out of print since its original 1972 Atlantic Records' release; this reissue was ...


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