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Mara Rosenbloom, Darius Jones, Brian Drye: Brooklyn Artist Snapshot

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To even the casual observer, Brooklyn has incubated an extraordinary new generation of talented jazz artists. While the Borough is certainly renowned for a vibrant jazz community, and indeed has been since the mid-twentieth century, this latest cohort of artists is nevertheless worthy of a particular spotlight, not only for being a gathering of tremendous performers and composers, but also in many cases for emerging as entrepreneurs who have successfully challenged the difficult economics of jazz with creative solutions.To help shed some light on Brooklyn's creative community, three exceptional Brooklyn- based artists--pianist Mara Rosenbloom, saxophonist Darius Jones, and ...

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Mara Rosenbloom Quartet: Songs from the Ground

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Pianist Mara Rosenbloom frames her second album on personal recollections encapsulating childhood, family matters, and challenging situations. Therefore, the idealization for this outing is not merely steeped within an austere band approach. Taken from this perspective, her musicality embeds or perhaps synchronizes a form of melodic goodness with a traumatic periphery. Rosenbloom's brand of modern jazz is not all about rummaging through difficult time signatures or complex geometrical theme-building episodes. It's more focused on the construction of sustainable themes, underscored with distinct melody lines in unison with a hearty improvisational component. For example, she lays out a ...

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Mara Rosenbloom Quartet: School of Fish

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Music, at its best, is about seeing and feeling things that are well-known in a new way, making them pleasing to the intellect and heart. It's about placing familiar things in an unfamiliar context.

Taking the cover to Wisconsin-born pianist Mara Rosenbloom's album as an example, School of Fish is adorned by a fish painted on woodwork with the eye of the fish being a part of the wood's natural texture. Here, an aquatic animal is taken out of its natural element and placed in a different context and it works: the fish is seen in a whole new and ...



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