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John Kelman's Best Releases of 2014

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2014 was another challenging year, with a personal health matter that began in early summer (thankfully finally diagnosed, non-life threatening and now being treated, though still waiting for signs of improvement) slowing down both travel and the usual breakneck writing in a significant way. Since the rule of this list is that any titles on it must have been reviewed, there are many releases that deserved consideration but are exempt because there was insufficient time to review them. So, bearing that in mind, here are just a few of the top recorded events in jazz and beyond for ...

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Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2014

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Considering the quantity of recordings released in a year's time, attempting to compile an end of the year list mentioning every first-rate session would be difficult at best. The ten titles included below are among the most exceptional new jazz albums I've heard in 2014. Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack ...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire (Singlespeed Music) Oboist Kyle Bruckmann based this pan-stylistic “musical phantasmagoria" on Thomas Pynchon's early novels, juxtaposing genres with a mercurial glee that parallels the author's referential literary gamesmanship. Bruckmann has demonstrated a penchant for stylistic diversity before, but never with the ...

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George Gee: Swing Makes You Happy!

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The George Gee Orchestra swings in the manner of Gee's friend and mentor, Count Basie, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale (Gee's group numbers only eleven, and that includes vocalists Hilary Gardner and John Dokes). Even so, the Basie spirit is ever-present, and if Swing Makes You Happy, Gee's eighth album as leader (and first for Rondette Records) should put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Thanks to resourceful charts by trombonist / music director David Gibson, the ensemble generates a larger-than-expected sound while swinging its way through nineteen buoyant numbers, four associated with Basie ...

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Kurt Gottschalk's Top 12 for 2014

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A dozen of my top picks and in no particular order. <br /><br />Dave Burrell & Steve Swell Turning Point No Business Neneh Cherry & FourTet Blank Project Smalltown Supersound Gato Libre Dudu Libra JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble Sympathikus-Parasympathikus JazzWerkstatt Ju Sei and Utah Kawasaki U is for Utah ftarri / meenna David Krakauer The Big Picture Table Pounding Records Potsa Lotsa ...

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Harvey Wainapel: Amigos Brasileiros Vol 2

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The beautiful, gentle musical spirit of the late Thiago de Mello--a most influential composer, instrumentalist, arranger and producer from the Amazon (and leader of the Brazilian large ensemble Amazon)--floats like a friendly ghost throughout Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2. Harvey Wainapel boasts serious jazz chops, on clarinet and saxophone; and serious jazz credentials, including work with saxophonists Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano, vibes master Gary Burton and pianists McCoy Tyner, Ray Charles and Kenny Barron (whom Wainapel honored with Ambrosia: The Music of Kenny Barron [1996, A Records/Challenge Records]). But a different musical flame sparked inside Wainapel the first ...

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konstruKt and Joe McPhee: Babylon: The First Meeting of Istanbul

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Taken at face value, konstruKt's catchphrase, “Free Jazz from Turkey," seems a tad pedestrian. But, if one considers Turkey's place in the world-literally the crossing point between Asia and Europe-its crazy-quilt ethnic diversity, and its continued religious and political unrest, it's a fitting metaphor. Oddly, most of the band's recorded output features invited guest artists from the US and Europe. In addition to multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, featured here, konstruKt has collaborated with Evan Parker, Marshall Allen, Peter Brotzmann and Eugene Chadbourne among others, and their next album is a collaboration with Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata. Such collaborations can be artistically ...

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Tomás Doncker Band: Big Apple Blues

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Close on the heels of his first full-length album, a tribute to Howlin' Wolf, guitarist Tomàs Doncker released his second collaboration with Pulitzer prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, Big Apple Blues (True Groove 2014), on October 21. Their first collaboration, The Mercy Suite (Future Roots Music 2009), featured the likes of Meshell N'degeocello among others. Their latest effort features original music by Doncker and his band as well as an interesting blend of lighthearted bluesy tunes alongside more thought-provoking cuts that effectively showcase Komunyakaa's legendary talents. The album begins with a bang; the introduction to “Big Apple Blues" ...



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