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Lisa Mezzacappa Trio: X Marks The Question

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X Marks The Question is one of two concurrent September 2013 releases on separate record labels by burgeoning San Francisco Bay Area-based, bassist composer Lisa Mezzacappa. On Comeuppance (Not Two Records, 2013) she fronts a quartet featuring saxophonist Aaron Bennett but here, spearheads a power-packed progressive jazz trio, highlighting lead soloist, guitarist Chris Welcome. And as history would dictate--given the bassist's avant-garde proclivities--this session is far from your boilerplate modern jazz guitar trio date other than “Negakfok," which leans towards the swing and bop spectrum. Welcome and drummer Mike Pride represent the East Coast USA contingent. And they ...

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Vinny Golia / Marco Eneidi / Lisa Mezzacappa / Vijay Anderson: Hell-Bent In The Pacific

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Ever since moving to Austria in 2004, Bay Area alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi has flown beneath the radar, particularly in terms of recorded output. His discography boasts some heavy duty entries, including late trumpeter Bill Dixon's Thoughts (Soul Note, 1986) and bass maestro William Parker's Sunrise In The Tone World (Aum Fidelity, 1996), in addition to several appearances with legendary pianist Cecil Taylor, so it's a real pleasure to find him in the company of three other West Coast residents for a program of no holds barred free jazz. Cohesion derives from the many connections between the participants. As well ...

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Lisa Mezzacappa & Nightshade: Cosmic Rift

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Since relocating to San Francisco ten years ago, Staten Island-born bassist Lisa Mezzacappa has established herself as a commanding presence in the vibrant West Coast scene. Mezzacappa's pliant bass lines have provided a stalwart foundation for some of the Bay Area's most dynamic projects, ranging from the visceral excursions of her riotous garage jazz band Bait & Switch to her collaborative efforts in the bold collective quartet Cylinder. Cosmic Rift, the debut of Mezzacappa's neo-classical quintet Nightshade, showcases a more restrained side of her artistry, reveling in the moody ambience implied by the ensemble's name.The electro-acoustic lineup includes ...

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Two Lisa Mezzacappas Shake Up LA

Lisa MezzacappaCafe Metropol, Eagle Rock Center for the ArtsLos AngelesDec. 5 and 6, 2009Lisa Mezzacappa led two concerts in Los Angeles in December, one imbued with a musical smile and one with the ferocity of a howling, avant-garde battleground. Her smile was easy to love; the avant-garde battle required a little more effort. Amazingly, the same jazz movement inspired both gigs, proving it can still amuse and unsettle audiences some 45 years after it was born.

A San Francisco Bay-area bassist, Mezzacappa led the first show at Cafe Metropol on December 5 with ...



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