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Yes: Progeny - Highlights From Seventy Two

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Progeny: Highlights From Seventy Two consists of ninety minutes of live recordings exhumed from Yes' 1972 tour, some of which were released as Yessongs (Atlantic, 1973). Culled from seven previously unreleased recordings of complete concerts, and sequenced to approximate a setlist of the time, this two package comes adorned in vintage Roger Dean artwork that, vivid as it is, cannot compare to the vibrancy of the music inside. Cognoscenti may or may not agree this material constitutes Yes' ...

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

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Intrepid pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's Break Stuff is an intimate work brimming with an intense poetry and a subtly dramatic ambience. The latter results from the complementary and contrasting elements, which are intricately interwoven within each of the dozen tracks that comprise the album. On the exquisite “Mystery Woman," for instance, Iyer plays percussive chords with one hand and haunting, lilting cascade of notes with the other building a sublime harmonic balance. The serene atmosphere that follows ...

THE CLUB CAR

Two Trumpets Floored at the Deer Head Inn

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The stage of the legendary Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA, straddles the dark brown barroom and the red dining room, dividing it smack in the middle. It's big enough for a quartet if one of them plays piano. On this night in late April, trumpeter Alan Gaumer invited Chris Persad, also a trumpeter, to join him, bassist Paul Rostock, and drummer Gary Rissmiller to the gig. Rissmiller, the 2015 PA Jazz Collective artist of the year, and ...

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Francesco Nastro Trio: Colors of Light

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As soon as one lets Francesco Nastro's fingers fondle those keys the way he does on “E all'Improvviso il Sole," the musical geometries that create Colors of Light finally come to life. The music springs from a cocoon-like environment in which pianists the likes of Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau must have forgotten their instruments around, which are by now subject to Nastro's gentle manners. It is jazz alright but, even more importantly, this is a study in melody; an ...

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The Word: Soul Food

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Right from the cover graphic depicting an audio speaker as a source of spiritual sustenance, The Word's Soul Food continues one of the most unusual but profoundly successful and satisfying collaborations in contemporary roots music. Bluesrockers the North Mississippi Allstars so deeply bonded with keyboardist John Medeski and pedal steel wunderkind Robert Randolph on their initial eponymous collaboration (Ropeadope, 2001), a followup was probably inevitable, but this album is far from merely de rigeur. Quite the contrary, as ...

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Boney James: Futuresoul

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At this point, with 15 albums under his belt, it's been established what Boney James does and does not do well. If you are in search of an adventurous artist who is constantly pushing the envelope and challenging himself and the listener by daring to deviate from expectation, keep looking: this is not the saxophonist you are looking for. James is an extremely impressive master of the good groove. That is something he is at the top of ...

THE BIG QUESTION

If Coltrane emerged today, would he receive recognition and appreciation?

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A while ago I had a chat with Vytautas Labutis, an influential Lithuanian saxophonist, educator and, at the time, curator of jny: Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival. He said: “The list of players with top skills is almost endless. Today we have kids who can do amazing things on their instruments, but the world is waiting for a new Coltrane." This phrase set my mind to thinking about this nearly religious aspect of contemporary jazz reality. If He arrives, how will ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Cornell University

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet Bailey Hall @ Cornell University Cornell Concert Series March 20, 2015 With chromatism in his very chromosomes, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has managed to cut a profile distinct from that of Father John. Nimble yet logical, he is an admirably balanced player who keeps his feet on the tightrope at all times. When he took to the main stage as part of Cornell University's 2014-15 Concert Series, he proved himself to be quite ...



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