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Mark Weinstein: Latin Jazz Underground

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Has flautist Mark Weinstein run out of ideas on how to merge various dialects of Latin jazz with other musical tongues? The answer is a resounding “no." Latin Jazz Underground finds Weinstein saluting the loft jazz scene of the '70s by tackling the work of jazz iconoclasts-turned-icons--pianist Andrew Hill and saxophonists Ornette Coleman and Sam Rivers--and like- minded originals. That concept, in and of itself, doesn't distinguish this project, as plenty of people have traveled down those thorny paths, so the twist comes with the infusion of Afro-Cuban ideals. Such a marriage is a risky union, but ...

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Mark Weinstein: Todo Corazon

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Mark Weinstein's modus operandi is simple: He follows his interests at any given time. He found success as a groundbreaking salsa trombonist early on, but that didn't stop him from leaving his horn behind and entering the realm of academia. He earned a Ph.D in Philosophy, with a specialization in mathematical logic, and started teaching at the college level, but music's magnetic effect pulled him back into performing. He returned to the scene in the late '70s, born anew as a flautist, and he's stayed that course ever since. He continues to balance his teaching side with his flute playing ...

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Mark Weinstein: El Cumbanchero

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Exploring music with the intellect of an ethnomusicologist, the imagination of an artist, and the technical savvy and musical know-how to combine the two is no easy feat, but Mark Weinstein is more than capable of pulling it off. For the flautist's latest Latin feast, he turned his attention toward a fusion of jazz and charanga music, a form of Cuban music that features the flute as the lead voice in an ensemble that also contains a string section, percussion, piano and bass, and the results are sophisticated and scintillating. Fellow flautist Danilo Lozano's enlightening liner notes ...

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Mark Weinstein: Jazz Brasil

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Mark Weinstein has quietly established himself as one of the most wildly inventive flutists in modern memory. He is also one of the finest virtuoso players in the entire spectrum of 20th and 21st century music. His only rivals may well be the late Eric Dolphy, the Canadians, Jane Bunnett and Bill McBirnie, and, of course, the great James Galway. Weinstein is radically different from Dolphy, who imparted a speech-like quality to his flute, inspiring the mighty John Coltrane in the bargain and radically expanding the vocabulary of that instrument. Weinstein, on the other hand prefers to stay within the ...

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Mark Weinstein: Jazz Brasil

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Flautist Mark Weinstein has been a major force in the Latin jazz genre for some time, releasing projects almost yearly. Though the body of his discography falls squarely within the Afro-Cuban form which remains his passion, he has slowly gravitated towards the Brazilian sound, releasing three Brazilian-style projects, for Jazzheads, since 2005. On Jazz Brasil, Weinstein presents a selection of jazz standards, dipped in a Brazilian stew to add that special genre flavor to each track. Of course, what is a Brazilian album without a serving of Antonio Carlos Jobim,, so the classic “Triste," and “If You Never Come to ...

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Mark Weinstein: Jazz Brasil

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Mark Weinstein had a long journey across the trail of music instruments before he settled on the flute. He first played the piano when he was six. He then tried the clarinet and the drums before gravitating to the trombone and string bass in high school. The trombone was the mainstay for quite a while, and he went on to play it with Eddie Palmieri. He finally found his muse in the flute, when he returned to music after a stint as a college professor. Weinstein is well-grounded in the several facets of Latin music, with a firm ...

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Mark Weinstein: Jazz Brasil

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Jazz Brasil continues flautist Mark Weinstein's odyssey through the world of Latin jazz. The former trombonist-turned-philosophy-professor-turned-flute-phenom has delivered a steady stream of Latin jazz releases that highlight material from well-known Latin American composers, deal with original material, and deliver Latin-ized takes on jazz classics. His previous release, Timbasa (Jazzheads Records, 2010), tackled Cuba with percussion-heavy gusto, and Weinstein now turns his sights westward from that locale, visiting the music of Brazil. Weinstein and his more-than-capable quartet cover the cream of the crop, with healthy helpings of Thelonious Monk ("I Mean You" and “Ruby My Dear") and Antonio ...



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