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The Frozen Freeloader

Reviews of free, legal downloads by a gatekeeper at the entrance to the North Pole.


April 12, 2011

The Back-Talk Organ Trio: Live at Le Petit Chicago, Jan. 3, 2011

By MARK SABBATINI

Don Cummings is a glacial geologist by day, making the Canadian's night job as a jazz organist of considerable interest to a reviewer who can (really) see the flowing masses of ice from the back yard. On the other hand, Cummings says his work focuses on “groundwater resources and mineral resource exploration," so he's not getting any favoritism here. Fortunately, Cummings' prowess on the Hammond A100 is solid enough that environmentalists and entrepreneurs can probably spend an evening focusing on his gig without starting a brawl. Among his current projects is leading The Back-Talk ...

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March 24, 2011

James Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: The Causeway Suite

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By MARK SABBATINI

[Editor's Note: All About Jazz's northernmost correspondent, Mark Sabbatini, returns to All About Jazz with a new column that covers the best of free, legal downloads.] James Hamilton Jazz Orchestra The Causeway Suite (Live) Self Produced 2010 James Hamilton is an idiot and the world is a better place as a result. The debut album by his 19-member orchestra, The Causeway Suite, is the 2010 British Composer Awards' 2010 winner for Contemporary Jazz Composition. The live performance is a bold and abruptly shifting mix of classic and ...

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