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Arturo Sandoval Quintet at the Annenberg Center

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Arturo Sandoval Quintet Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Zellerbach Theater Philadelphia, PA November 15, 2014 The excitement about any Arturo Sandoval performance builds from the time you see his name on an events list and think of his affiliation with Dizzy Gillespie, his tenure with the group Irakere, his stunning career trajectory with ten Grammy awards, films, TV appearances, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom award, and his well-known virtuosic trumpet playing combined with his spontaneous and sincere personal presence. There is no question that this concert delivered everything you would expect ...

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Majamisty TriO: Love

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"Maja" refers to pianist and composer Maja Alvanović, “misty" is a nod to Errol Garner, one of her influences. Love is the second album from the trio, based in Novi Sad, Serbia. The trio--Alvanović, bassist Ervin Malina and drummer Istvan Cik--are superb players. Alvanović is melodic, crafting single note runs that are gentle, percussive, romantic in turn. Cik is a positive, economical, drummer and the imaginative Malina is particularly strong on arco bass. The combination of their playing and the pianist's compositions has produced another dazzling album. Four tracks feature guests, leaving six tunes performed by the Trio ...

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Party Knüllers: Was Something Lost in Translation?

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The duo Party Knüllers is a transatlantic collaboration between Chicago's own Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello & electronics and Norway's Ståle Liavik Solberg on drums & percussion. The two played together in a quartet, also including clarinetist Frode Gjerstad and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland, on VC/DC (Hispid, 2011), the inaugural release of the label that now releases two albums by the duo themselves. One of these albums is a vinyl collaboration with Chicagoan Jim Baker on analogue synthesizer, bearing a bizarre title that is surely guaranteed to raise an eyebrow or two as well as the occasional embarrassed giggle or guffaw! ...

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Rich Halley 4: The Wisdom of Rocks

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Portland-based saxophonist Rich Halley mines a rich seam, despite plying his wares away from the limelight. Halley has been fortunate to overcome the plight of anyone working outside the main centers of jazz activity by finding a coterie of like-minded talents to sympathetically explore his inside/outside conundrums. As a result his discography contains a stream of solid, timeless dates that ignore current fashion, of which Wisdom of Rocks is just the latest installment. An easy interplay pervades a program of 12 relatively short cuts, distinguished by incisive solo spots, in which the execution goes way beyond the scripted notes.

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Take Five with Jonathan Curtis

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Meet Jonathan Curtis: Jonathan is a drummer from Nottingham, England, and one of the most exciting young talents to emerge onto the music scene. Involved in most things to do with the drums, Jonathan runs an educational YouTube channel, writes and records music, plays with lots of bands, and teaches the drums privately and in schools around Nottinghamshire. Jonathan began learning the piano aged 7, but switched to the drums at 11. Since then, he has studied with many teachers, including Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Sergio Bellotti, Stanton Moore, Massimo Russo, Paul Hose, and Grant Collins. While ...

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Leon Alvarado: 2014 - Music From An Expanded Universe

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Texas native, keyboardist Leon Alvarado is a true student of the progressive rock genre, citing the customary troupe of icons such as ELP, Yes, and Jethro Tull as influences, paired with his previous Independent and well-received album, Plays Genesis and Other Original Stuff (2009). On this EP, Alvarado employs bassist, Warr guitarist Trey Gunn who rose to promise as a member of latter day King Crimson. During his plan of action with Gunn, Alvarado sought to impart a King Crimson-lite touch perhaps as an existential veil that is coated with atmospherics and famed session drummer Jerry Marotta's (Peter ...

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Alex Mendham And his Orchestra: Whistling In The Dark

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Can a recreation of an original replicate it? The short, quick answer is NO!, especially for popular and improvised music. However, the longer, more thoughtful, answer is YES!, especially this music from the twenties and thirties as performed by leader Alex Mendham and his Orchestra. Whistling In The Dark is that rare creation where everyone involved has taken extraordinary measures, from recording techniques used, to the use of original arrangements to bring to the listener something approaching the feeling of being in a dance hall in 1929 (or so). Yes, there are issues: the performers and the music ...



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