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Yes at the NYCB Theatre At Westbury

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Yes NYCB Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY July 12, 2014 When Yes announced that it would be touring in the summer of 2014, it also stated that it would be playing its classic albums Fragile (Atlantic Records, 1971) and Close To The Edge (Atlantic Records, 1972) in their entirety, as well as excerpts from Heaven And Earth (Frontier Records, 2014) and some greatest hits selections. Quite a daunting proposition, especially considering that original lead vocalist Jon Anderson hasn't been a part of the band since 2008. In May 2008, Anderson (who was not particularly interested ...

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Louis Hayes: Return of the Jazz Communicators

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Much like what has happened with Smalls Records, the cottage industry that Smoke jazz club started when they debuted their own record label last fall has continued to grow into a viable commodity. So too, there is common ground to the look and feel of each release, even as the color scheme and the music itself changes. For the label's 5th full release, they have documented a November 2013 set led by the mighty Detroit drummer Louis Hayes and his quintet. As the story goes, the original Jazz Communicators were formed back in 1967 when Hayes put together ...

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Yes: The Yes Album (Definitive Edition CD/Blu-Ray)

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While later albums like Fragile (Atlantic, 1971) and the epic Close to the Edge (Atlantic, 1972) would establish Yes as superstars of the progressive rock world (and, to some extent, beyond), it was The Yes Album, also released by Atlantic but nine months earlier in February of 1971, that announced Yes a group with still-untapped potential but a group that had, nevertheless, finally arrived. It was a tumultuous time for a group whose career has subsequently been defined by conflict and revolving door personnel. First formed in 1968, by 1971 Yes already had two albums to its credit, ...

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Tubby Hayes: Seven Steps to Heaven - Live at the Hopbine 1972

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This set from the late saxophonist and flautist Tubby Hayes was extraordinary for several reasons. It featured along with his regular pianist of the time, Mike Pyne, two other virtuoso musicians, drummer Tony Oxley who repeatedly topped the Melody Maker British section jazz polls and the relatively less well known Daryl Runswick--primarily a classically trained musician bassist, composer, educator, author and producer who also played jazz bass superlatively. Runswick has featured on several albums by guitarist Ray Russell. Oxley's playing in this set was “straight" but he is most well-known for his free work alongside such renowned exponents as Derek ...

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Gabriel Reyes: Satori

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Chilean guitarist Gabriel Reyes' second release as a leader, Satori brims with the visceral effervescence of soul-jazz within the framework of sophisticated and stylish orchestration. The eight Reyes originals that comprise the album are intricately penned with ample room for the individual sextet members to express their spontaneous creativity.Reyes' emotive unaccompanied guitar serenade opens “El 5," the funk-infused workout that follows features the rhythm section's infectious vamps supporting a chorus of guitar and horns. Out of this basic sonic pattern emerges saxophonist Claudio Rubio's warm and clear tenor as he winds a tight, passionate and intelligent improvisation around ...

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Gabriel Reyes Trebol: Satori

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Finding a gem in the crowded jazz world is always a pleasure. When that jewel comes from the Southern hemisphere, due consideration must be made. Although the album's title is a Japanese Buddhist term Satori, the orator is Chilean and the language is modern jazz.Guitarist Gabriel Reyes from Santiago follows his debut quartet recording Trébol (Vertice Records, 2008) with this sextet session, adding trumpeter Derek Bittner and saxophonist Claudio Rubio to his Trébol band of Sergio Valenzuela (piano), Alonso Durán (contrabass), and Nicolás Ríos (drums).Reyes is a skilled guitarist and composer, but the highlight here is ...

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Eyes of a Blue Dog: Rise

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As disproportionate as the amount of fine music being made in Norway is to its relatively small population of five million, so, too, is its surprisingly large cadre of outstanding drummers. A quick scan through the list of drummers who have made some kind of name for themselves, both at home and abroad, include--amongst many, many others--Audun Kleive (Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvær), Per Oddvar Johansen (The Source, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble), Erland Dahlen (Molvær, Eivind Aarset Sonic Codex Orchestra), Torstein Lofthus (Elephant9, Mathias Eick) and, of course, the drummer who started it all, Jon Christensen (Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Keith ...

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Yes: Open Your Eyes

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Not well-received among diehard Yes fans, Open Your Eyes was originally released in 1997, and reissued here, in LP format, in 2012. Nowhere as prominent or striking as the band's classic '70s outings, here keyboardist Rick Wakeman is absent and replaced by keyboardist/guitarist Billy Sherwood, who lines up with eminent guitarist and longtime member Steve Howe. The bulk of this material lies between progressive rock and pop-rock, with most of it largely forgettable romps, sans memorable hooks or intriguing song forms. They're diametrically opposed to Yes' classic pieces, often modeled with complex time signatures, ambient/symphonic dreamscapes and British folk music. ...

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Pippa Hayes: It Had to Be You

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Australian vocalist Pippa Hayes is foremost an educator, but that old saw about “those who can...do and those who can't...teach" does not apply. Hayes is perfectly comfortable performing, with an infectious method and effortless grace. She has a coy and coquettish voice, lazy and sensual as Quaaludes and honey (in places, almost too much so). However, Hayes harbors no fear stylistically, putting it all out there with a relaxed confidence. She shows perfection on Hoagy Carmichael's “The Nearness of You," where she achieves a nuclear balance between drowsy bliss and sated desire. Hayes plays things safe sticking ...

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Styx / Yes: Wantagh, NY, July 11, 2011

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Styx and Yes, with special guest Shane Alexander 2011 Nikon at Jones Beach Concert Series Wantagh, New York July 11, 2011The 2011 co-headlining Styx and Yes Progressive Tour rolled into Long Island, NY's Jones Beach Amphitheater on a windy July evening. Coming at the end of an exceedingly hot and humid day, the cool breezes that blew through the outdoor venue were just as welcome as the concert itself. Shane Alexander, a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Los Angeles began the evening with a short but very strong acoustic set. A crowd pleaser, the majority of ...

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Chicago Yestet: Jazz Is Politics?

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For an introduction to the Chicago jazz scene, look no further than the Chicago Yestet's line-up on Jazz Is Politics?. From drummer Dana Hall (Terell Stafford) to John Wojciechowski, a finalist in the 1996 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, the roster reads like a who's who in Midwestern jazz. Staying true to the album's namesake, the Yestet opens with the “The Decider," a track featuring audio clips from former President George W. Bush speech, famously giving himself the same title. The lyrical styling of emcee Rob Dz here, and elsewhere in the set again nods at the album ...

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Louis Hayes Quartet: San Diego CA, May 10, 2011

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Louis Hayes Quartet Saville Theatre, San Diego City College San Diego, CAMay 10, 2011 Jazz legend Louis Hayes, a significant progenitor of modern percussion since the early 1950s, visited San Diego's Saville Theatre on May 10, and, with an elite group of local musicians, delivered a blistering set of post-bop, mainstream classics to an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd. Hayes, 74, a native of Detroit, first gained national prominence as a sideman with John Coltrane, (four albums on the Prestige label), and the quintets of Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver. He went on ...

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Debbie Poryes: Catch Your Breath

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Recording a disc half-filled with overdone standards should require, at minimum, an attempt at dissection and redirection, investigating any harmonic and rhythmic possibilities left over after decades of use. Such is the case with the release of Catch Your Breath, from San Francisco Bay-area pianist Debbie Poryes. Poryes' approach to arranging involves sophistication with warmth and open-ended possibilities. As a result, Amercan songbook gems like “I've Got the Sun in the Morning" and “My Heart Stood Still" sound fresh and invigorating, coupled nicely alongside the pianist's original compositions. Poryes' compositions--the title track, “Prayer for a Child," “Willie's Waltz" ...

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Yes with Special Guest Asia at The Capital One Bank Theater at Westbury, NY

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Yes with Special Guest Asia Capital One Bank Theater at Westbury Westbury, New York Friday, July 31, 2009

British Progressive supergroup Asia and Progressive Rock godfathers Yes each performed strong sets “in the round" on the revolving stage at the intimate Westbury venue on this rainy Friday evening in Long Island.

Asia, the early 1980s group created by melding the talents of members of King Crimson (bassist John Wetton), Emerson, Lake & Palmer (drummer Carl Palmer) and Yes (Steve Howe on guitar) and The Buggles (keyboardist Geoff Downes, who is also ...



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