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Doug Collette's Best of 2015

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It didn't take much thought to compose this list, perhaps because the inclusions run the gamut from finely-produced studio sessions to equally inspired live recordings (and much in between). And more so than in recent years, the playability of all these albums will surely equal their durability as time marches on, which is not necessarily a direct reflection of the intensity of hearing them (though they appear to be in descending order of same). Brad Mehldau

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Oscar Perez: Prepare A Place For Me

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The heart of this album is found in pianist/composer Oscar Perez's trio with bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Alvester Garnett. Their four tracks showcase the cohesive sound they have developed together, Perez's elegant pianism matched by his empathetic partners. It's a modern piano trio, with a conversational style and all members contributing. There's enough trio music here to give a well-rounded picture of what they can do. “Just Everything" opens the set with a trio version ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Oscar Perez: Prepare A Place For Me

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If Oscar Perez hadn't taken to the piano, he might've had a promising career in music journalism. In the concise and profound liner essay for this album, Perez intelligently considers the meaning of music, the struggles and joys connected to the art of creating and performing, and the way an individual's very being seeps into the sounds they make and vice versa. His carefully chosen words say far more than most, but he needn't have penned the essay at all ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Children Of The Light Trio at Blue Note

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Children Of The Light Trio Blue Note Jazz Festival New York, NY June 18, 2014 Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade: Who are three musicians capable of improving and altering the course of any musical situation which they may encounter? That Jeopardy-style answer could certainly accompany the very mention of those three names. Another one could go something like this: Who are the three brilliant musical instigators-turned-responders that work together ...

INTERVIEWS

Danilo Perez: Bridging Cultures and Dimensions of Jazz

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Whether with his own ensembles or as a sideman, Danilo Perez has long been an iconic jazz pianist, but above and beyond his success as a performer and recording artist, he has become a manifestation and symbol of cross-cultural dialogue. His music brings together mainstream and Latin influences in a unique way. He always brings something new into the mix, whether early on with Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Hendricks or Wynton Marsalis, his award-winning CD, Panamonk (Implulse, 1996), and more recently ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Danilo Perez: Panama 500

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Danilo Perez is one of our finest contemporary jazz pianists and educators. Most recently, he has recorded and toured extensively with the ground-breaking Wayne Shorter Quartet. Residing in the Boston area, Perez maintains close ties with his native Panama and has initiated jazz education and festival programs there. In this album, devoted to his cultural origins, he becomes the creator of a multi-dimensional musical suite in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Balboa crossing the Isthmus of Panama. ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival 2013

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Detroit Jazz FestivalDetroit, MIAugust 30-September 2, 2013You have read the news and heard the stories on radio and TV. Detroit is bankrupt and going into ruin. However, Gretchen Valade definitely doesn't appear to believe the hype, as she managed to fashion the Detroit Jazz Festival (DJF) into one of the largest, most star-studded musical parties in North America, with four stages scattered all over downtown Detroit over the Labor Day weekend.In 2012, newly-appointed artistic director ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Danilo Perez and Friends Celebrate McCoy Tyner: Philadelphia, PA, April 14, 2012

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Danilo Perez QuartetJazz Up Close SeriesPerelman TheaterKimmel Center for the Performing ArtsPhiladelphia, PAApril 14, 2012In the 2011-2012 concert season, the decade-long Jazz Up Close series curated by artistic director Danilo Perez has featured tributes to legendary Philadelphia jazz musicians, including the Heath Brothers, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, and in this final Spring concert, McCoy Tyner. One might have expected that Tyner himself would perform, but he has limited his engagements recently, ...


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