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Ferenc Nemeth/Attila Laszlo: Bridges Of Souls

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Drummer Ferenc Nemeth's work has always been about building bridges and making connections with a diverse assortment of artists. He's connected styles and cultures through his extensive work with West African guitar phenom Lionel Loueke, supported Israeli bassist Omer Avital, Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca, and other top-shelf artists on record at different times, and built up an impressive body of work under his own name, crossing paths with saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist John Patitucci, pianist Aaron Parks, and saxophonist Mark Turner in the process. On Bridges Of Souls, he further widens his circle of collaborators, teaming up with Attila Laszlo, ...

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The 2014 Desmond Award Winners

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Despite that serious expression you often see on a jazz musician's face, the truth is that laughter gets him through the day. The late, great pianist Horace Silver knew it. If you didn't see it in his impish smile, you could hear it in his music. Especially in his last studio album, which knowingly proclaimed Jazz Has A Sense of Humor (GRP, 1999). We've gotten to know lots of musicians over the years, and though we marvel at their exceptional skill and talent, we equally appreciate their humor. Ranging from outlandish, to dry, to prickly, to ...

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Giving thanks and sharing the Jazz Love!

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We're celebrating Thanksgiving by recognizing everyone who volunteered to help improve All About Jazz this past year. Your contributions were immeasurable and we thank you for your generosity, passion and friendship. The good people who support this website are as cool and as essential as the music itself. Thanks again! Since 1995 At All About Jazz and Jazz Near You, we celebrate jazz every day. We publish new content seven days a week, including articles, news announcements, downloads, photos, musician profiles, and we now host to the most active international jazz events calendar on the web. ...

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Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon: Perpetual Motion (A Celebration of Moondog)

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In 1932, when he was sixteen years old, living in the heartland of depression era America, a farm accident left Louis Thomas Hardin blind. For roughly twenty-five years spanning the 1940s to the mid-1970s, he was often found on some street corner in the vicinity of 52nd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, sometimes talking philosophically to no one in particular, often standing stock-still and silent and in full Viking regalia. At times, he slept in doorways though he had shelter in the city and in upstate New York. The streets however, were the place to absorb the sounds and ...

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Steven Schoenberg: Christmas Reimagined

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Categorization is an anti-entropic effort to describe similar, but not equal, things for comparative reasons. So was my thinking when I began my review of pianist Steven Schoenberg's recording Steven Schoenberg Live: An Improvisational Journey (Quabbin Records, 2009) with: “Like the face of Helen launching a thousand ships, for better or worse, Keith Jarrett's 1975 Koln Concert (ECM) inspired a like number of improvisational piano recitals (half of which were ultimately Jarrett's own) and the entire genre of “New Age" solo piano music. This spontaneous creativity is, at best an inspiration, and at worst, a bore.“

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Dylan Ryan / Sand: Circa

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Following up the well-received Sky Bleached (2012, Cuneiform Records), drummer Dylan Ryan and his trio continue their full-blown aerial assault on conventional power trio mechanisms. Think of spaced out jazz rock with asymmetrical doses of Black Sabbath, avant- garde breakouts, and brooding rhythmic tirades, culminated with the art of improvisation. Guitarist Timothy Young's (Wayne Horvitz, David Sylvian) sustain driven single note lines, howling plaintive cries and grizzly crunch chords ride atop Ryan and bassist Devon Hoff's forceful manifesto, modeled with pumping pulses and driving rock grooves. Works such as “Visionary Fantasy" feature devastating thematic overtures, sketched out by ...

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Tineke Postma/Greg Osby: Sonic Halo

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Greg Osby has influenced legions of saxophonists over the past two-plus decades. On Sonic Halo, one of those players stands tall beside him. Once upon a time, Osby and dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma had a mentor-mentee relationship, but that was then, and this is now. Both players are equals on this probing venture. Nine tracks--five from Postma's pen, three from Osby, and an abstraction on a standard ("Body And Soul")--give this pair ample room to feel each other out ("Sea Skies"), travel angular pathways ("Facets"), look straight into the face of uncertainty ("Source"), and succumb to the ...



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