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simakDialog at Shapeshifter Lab

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simakDialog Shapeshifter Lab Brookyn, NYC November 10, 2014 The music of simakDialog represents a voyage of discovery: exploring new sonic landscapes through their ambitious, unpretentious but highly skilled approach to playing as individual musicians, and their corporate trust in one another's ability to grasp the subtle dynamics of a given moment and guide the music to its ultimate destination (wherever that may happen to be!). Despite my affection for their most exotic and unique musical expressions, it wasn't until last month that I finally got an opportunity to see them perform live (residing ...

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Paul Jones: Short History

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Saxophonist Paul Jones clearly brings a literary bent to his music. This, his debut album, is built largely around original material that takes inspiration from great written works like Jack Kerouac's On The Road (Viking Press, 1957), Charles Bukowski's Women (Black Sparrow Press, 1978), and Bill Bryson's A Short History Of Nearly Everything (Broadway Books, 2003). And while the music is strong enough to stand apart from said literary models, one of the most fascinating aspects of this album has to do with the way Jones captures or twists the thoughts and themes laid out in the written words of ...

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Introducing Kenny Burrell – Blue Note 1525

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Stymied again! I really like Kenny Burrell, and I really want this CD. It's a great record. You just can't buy it easily or cheaply, at least not on Blue Note. First, consider the record and the artist. Kenny Burrell is the quintessential cool jazz guitarist, whether leading his own group or playing with an organ trio. And here we have Burrell's very first album as a leader, Introducing Kenny Burrell, recorded in 1956 with a terrific bop lineup: Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, and Candido Camera on congas. ...

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Timothy Daisy: October Music (Vol. 1) 7 Compositions For Duet

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In 2001 drummer Tim Daisy replaced Tim Mulvenna in Vandermark 5. From that instant, his career has evolved first as a sideman to composer/saxophonist Ken Vandermark in V5, Bridge 61, Resonance Ensemble, The Frame Quartet, and more recently in Audio One and Made To Break. Next he distinguished himself with fellow Chicago musicians in Dave Rempis' Triage, Percussion Quartet and The Engines, Paul Giallorenzo's Trio, Dragons 1976, James Falzone's Klang, and Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack. As a drummer, like Paul Lytton, he is more a percussionist. As a percussionist, like Harris Eisenstadt, he is more a composer. As a ...

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A Peter White Christmas at Yoshi's

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A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair Yoshi's Oakland Oakland, CA December 18, 2014 A Peter White Christmas, featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair, was a great way to enjoy the holiday season. Both Yoshi's Oakland shows were sold out and the 8 pm show was jam-packed with folks ready for the guitarist's annual Christmas concert. The all-star group started playing Christmas classics, encouraging the audience to sing along to favorites like “Winter Wonderland “and “No Place Like Home For The Holidays." The hip early show was filled with a ...

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Arrival: Chegada 3

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Led by internationally renowned drummer Russ Miller, The Arrival Trio is a modern jazz group from Los Angeles which currently focuses on music from the contemporary side of jazz. Miller's previous efforts included projects of jazz fusion and a concentration on various drum solo albums which, he has now decided to move away from in favor of a more listenable sound. In this regard, the group unveils the dynamic Chegada 3 ("Arrival" in Portuguese and to the third power meaning the Trio's third release) containing new arrangements of some Brazilian-flavored tunes along with new takes on a couple of jazz ...

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Outhead: Send This Sound To The King

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This San Francisco Bay-area unit propels a renegade New York downtown-ish vibe amid notions of punk jazz and the occasional flight towards the free zone. They also rock hard as guest guitarist Pete Galub inserts a serrated edge with his avant, jazz fusion vernacular. Nonetheless, they're young artists with big ideas. Besides the instrumentalists notable chops, it's the memorable compositions that segregate the band from many of its peers. Featuring guest vocalists who help proliferate a melodic Indie rock groove on the final track “Uncle Ho," the production contains a heterogeneous mix, fundamentally centered on a progressive jazz-centered stream of ...



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