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Richard Galliano: Sentimentale

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Accordionist Richard Galliano is a true innovator of both the extemporized role of his instrument and of the fusion of French folk music with jazz. His breathtaking instrumental facility combined with a creative ingenuity makes his oeuvre, particularly the series of superb albums on Dreyfus Jazz, uniquely satisfying. In view of this, his release on the non-for-profit Resonance Label, Sentimentale is a bit of a letdown. A couple of Galliano compositions, and a few jazz, Bossa Nova and pop standards are among the dozen of tracks that constitute the album. Despite the diversity of their origins the superlative ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

1950s and ‘60s Blue Note – Is It All the Same?

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A few years ago, a reader from California named Charlie F. started a provocative discussion in the All About Jazz forums with the title: “I've decided not to buy any more Blue Note albums." Oh boy. He began, “Recently, I came to notice something about Blue Note albums of the 50s-60s, which was that they tended to sound pretty much the same." He acknowledged that “this is a good example of a label finding a particular formula and sticking to it" but concluded “it kinda gets old after a while." Well. You can guess ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tineke Postma/Greg Osby: Sonic Halo

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One of the most intriguing elements of saxophonists Tineke Postma's and Greg Osby's superb Sonic Halo is the way the co-leaders overlap their individual voices to create a uniquely multifaceted and harmonically integrated entity. Both Postma and Osby double on alto and soprano and their ideas, whether spontaneous or prewritten, flow seamlessly between them. This sublime exchange of musical concept is not at the expense of either artist's distinctive style.The percolating, turbulent rhythmic vamps form the backdrop for “Facets." This simmering Osby composition features a provocative and captivating duet that matches Postma's pensive, rich tone with Osby's crisp, ...

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Sharel Cassity: Manhattan Romance

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Since she relocated to New York City in 1999, the steadily building career of this Oklahoma native includes a Bachelor's from the New School and a Master's at Juilliard. Sharel Cassity studied under a number of renowned saxophonists and recorded two CDs. The second, Relentless (Jazz Legacy, 2009), received a 4-star review in Downbeat, whose Critics Poll has consistently cited her as a Rising Star on alto sax. Her career includes performances as a leader at well-known venues, as well as frequent work with the Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, and DIVA Big Bands, among many others.

LIVE REVIEWS

Pete Christlieb Quintet, "Santa’s Bones" at Phoenix Musicians Hall

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Pete Christlieb, “Santa's Bones" Musicians Hall, Phoenix Musicians Union, Local 586 AFM Phoenix, AZ November 30 and December 2, 2014 Concerts by tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb and a trombone ensemble called “Santa's Bones" were presented as part of on ongoing series at the Musicians Hall of the Phoenix Musicians Union, Local 586 AFM. jny: Los Angeles-based Christlieb is a longtime big-band and studio musician who played 20 years in “Johnny Carson's Tonight Show" band. He and his wife, trombonist Linda Small, performed on Nov. 30 with Phoenix-based pianist Armand Boatman, bassist Jack Radavich ...

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Ginger Baker: Why?

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The most pleasant surprises on Ginger Baker's first mainstream release in almost a decade are subtle. That term may not be generally applied to the 74 year-old bohemian beat master, but restraint has been an unheralded constant in Baker's wide-ranging career nonetheless. The relatively conservative approach goes against Baker's ongoing typecasting as a crazed rock drummer, an image vividly enhanced by the destructive anger and degradation portrayed in his recent autobiography Hellraiser, and the documentary Beware of Mr. Baker. Somehow, despite the characterization, Baker obviously possesses enough self control and good fortune to have avoided ...

INTERVIEWS

Kobie Watkins: A Drummer's Voyage

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jny: Chicago native Kobie Watkins is a leading voice in the new generation of jazz drummers. I saw Watkins several months ago at The Jazz Room in jny: Charlotte and his performance was bananas--the crowd was in awe and after each solo there was thundering applause. An absolute wonder to watch, his polyrhythmic creativity and concepts create unique musical art that has put him in the category of a young jazz master. For this reason, he has been sought after by the best in the industry. Watkins has toured with a number of jazz greats such as Sonny ...



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