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John O'Gallagher's Axiom: Line of Sight

Read "Line of Sight" reviewed by James Taylor


John O'Gallagher's contribution to Fresh Sound New Talent finds the saxophonist again working with his Axiom quartet--Tony Malaby on tenor and soprano sax, John Hebert on bass, and Jeff Williams on drums. Line of Sight is O'Gallagher's second Axiom release, his first for FSNT. This latest effort from O'Gallagher and Axiom showcases the young saxophonist's incredible compositional work. Compared to last years spirited CIMP releases Rule of Invisibility, Vol. 1 and 2 (trio sessions with drummer Jay ...

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John O'Gallagher's Axiom: Line of Sight

Read "Line of Sight" reviewed by John Kelman


Like his previous release, Abacus, alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher pursues a cerebral blend of free exploration over a foundation of structured composition on Line of Sight, his second recording with his group Axiom. O'Gallagher and his quartet -- tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist John Hebert and drummer Jeff Williams -- navigate their way through charts that may impose strict form, but still manage to sound loose and unforced.

With a two-saxophone line-up and no chordal instrument on board, O'Gallagher relies ...

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John O'Gallagher's Axiom: Line Of Sight

Read "Line Of Sight" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Years after the saxophone battles had ended, musicians have taken to reenacting them in safe environments, far from the bloodletting bandstands they once occupied. Cutting contests are now cooperative ventures. And, yes Virginia, we all win.

This second release by John O'Gallagher's Axiom band presents his ongoing study of the dynamics of two-horn classical/jazz music. Joining the alto saxophonist is the popular tenor of Tony Malaby. The two musicians, plus bassist John Herbert and drummer Jeff Williams, recorded ...

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John O'Gallagher's Axiom: Line of Sight

Read "Line of Sight" reviewed by Jim Santella


Jazz's modern mainstream affords the artist an area for expression that can be both enjoyable to the listener and rewarding to the performer. No, not necessarily in a financial manner. The rewards come through the release of self-expression and having that opportunity to communicate with those who want to listen.

John O'Gallagher and Tony Malaby converse with each other and with their rhythmic team through sweeping melodies. Much of the music is composed. The quartet prefers to ignore ...

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John O'Gallagher's Axiom: John O'Gallagher's Axiom

Read "John O'Gallagher's Axiom" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Alto saxophonist John O’Gallagher displays some mighty impressive goods here, despite a somewhat sparse discography consisting of dates with the late Joe Henderson, Bob Belden, and a few others. The leaders aligns his wares with tenor sax titan, Tony Malaby along with veteran jazz drummer Jeff Williams and first call session ace, bassist John Hebert. On the opener “Golden Ruby,” the sax duo executes Coltrane-like, soul-searching lines amid bluesy lyricism, followed by concisely stated unison choruses. In addition, everyone gets ...


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