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Jerome Sabbagh and Greg Tuohey: No Filter

Read "No Filter" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


So much regard is given to audio quality in the 21st century that there has become something of an obsession with “purity." A desire for music that has no digital manipulation, no computers layering sounds together. As co-band leaders, Jerome Sabbagh and Greg Tuohey resolved to attain this quality on No Filter by recording the album without edits or overdubs, directly to analog tape. Everything the listener hears was captured in one take, on paper suggesting a live ...

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Jerome Sabbagh: The Turn

Read "The Turn" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


This is one of three bands tenor saxophonist, Jerome Sabbagh leads amid his numerous gigs as a session artist and group member with pianists Laurent Coq and Guillermo Klein, paired with many other diverse musical roles in the modern jazz community. This quartet strikes back with its third album, following Pogo (Sunnyside, 2007) and North (Sunnyside, 2004). Besides his burly tone, melodic structures and fluent improvisational acumen, one of the key differentiators is how Sabbagh transparently melds modern mainstream with ...

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Jerome Sabbagh: Plugged In

Read "Plugged In" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


New York City-based tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh has made the rounds by performing with a who's who of modern jazz artists amid his flourishing career as a solo artist. Possessing a stout tone and commanding presence, the artist's lyrically resplendent phraseology is often a good fit for a variety of jazz settings, including mainstream and the outside realm. With his acoustic-electric quartet, Sabbagh enjoys a notable affiliation with Belgian keyboard virtuoso Jozef Dumoulin, who spawns a polytonal, electronics vista, complete ...

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Jerome Sabbagh featuring Jozef Dumoulin: Plugged In

Read "Plugged In" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson


Plugged In is an immensely appealing record and an artistic success. The source of that success is the revelatory combination of the highly individual--and at first blush, not necessarily compatible--sounds of saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh and keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin.Sabbagh has had a string of critically-acclaimed albums, notably including North (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2005) and Pogo (Sunnyside, 2007), both of which featured guitarist Ben Monder. On these and other records, Sabbagh comes across as a poster child for the ...

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Jerome Sabbagh / Ben Monder / Daniel Humair: I Will Follow You

Read "I Will Follow You" reviewed by Mark Corroto


How do you cook up innovative and inspiring jazz these days? Take a standard quintet and peel away the bassist (time keeper), then eliminate the pianist or chordal steward, and you are left with maybe the purest form of improvisation and interaction: the jazz trio. Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh's trinity, heard on I Will Follow You, includes guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Daniel Humair.Sabbagh is a French-born tenor/soprano saxophonist who now lives in Brooklyn. His previous discs--the standards sax/bass/drums ...

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Jerome Sabbagh: One Two Three

Read "One Two Three" reviewed by Warren Allen


French tenor man Jerome Sabbagh has been exploring the sax trio format around New York City clubs for more than five years. One Two Three takes a selection of standards--some well-known, others less so--and gives them a good old-fashioned workout in the studio. The results are quality; like good red wine, it only gets better the more you drink it in. And it also shows that classic jazz is as full of life and vitality as ever, provided it's in ...

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Jerome Sabbagh: One Two Three

Read "One Two Three" reviewed by Elliott Simon


The opening cut on One Two Three is pianist George Shearing's bop classic “Conception". Do not, however, let this fool you. Although tenorist Jerome Sabbagh burns, this is not simply a blowing session nor is it really, as Sabbagh suggests, his take on the standards. While there are tunes such as a somewhat campy (how could it not be?) version of “Tea for Two," a fresh reprise of Coleman Hawkins' classic interpretation of “Body and Soul" and a bopped-up “Just ...


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