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Opinion

Tim Eyermann: Thanks for the Memories

Read "Tim Eyermann: Thanks for the Memories" reviewed by Erik R. Quick


There are countless musicians, in any major city, that regularly display an unusual degree of artistry and musicianship. They perform, compose or teach throughout a region and, regardless of their categorized arena, are known to only a few assiduous hobbyists and music fanatics. The musician may, or may not, fantasize about national fame and considerable fortune. But the merits of their relative talents are often unrelated to the degree of monetary success or obvious name recognition. Although Washington, ...

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Album Review

Tim Eyermann: Karla's Fire

Read "Karla's Fire" reviewed by Dave Hughes


DC-area saxophonist Tim Eyermann proves, with his latest east coast offeringKarla's Fire, that contemporary jazz and more traditional formats can co-exist together on the same program and even compliment each other. The contemporary-oriented songs, including the opener "Just a Thought," the title cut, the Kenny Loggins ballad "Now and Then," and "Weekend Update" feature enjoyable melodies and good jazz sensibilities. "My Funny Valentine" features outstanding solos from bassist Bill Foster and high-in-the-stratosphere trombonist Rick Lilliard, on top of contemporary finger-snapping ...

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Album Review

Tim Eyermann: Karla's Fire

Read "Karla's Fire" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Rule of thumb: the amount of unadulterated Jazz substance in a CD is inversely proportional to the amount of reverb used to accentuate reeds, brass and/or rhythm. On Karla’s Fire, saxophonist Tim Eyermann sounds like he’s playing in an empty airplane hangar (empty except for his accompanists, that is). With a few exceptions, this is music for “smooth Jazz” aficionados, copiously laden with syrup but containing little nourishment for the soul. Those exceptions are “Secret Love,” on which Eyermann (alto), ...

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Album Review

Tim Eyermann: Karla's Fire

Read "Karla's Fire" reviewed by Jim Santella


Life evolves. Saxophonist Tim Eyermann was influenced by Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, and Eric Dolphy. His latest album reflects those early and integral passions clearly; yet it also reflects several influential saxophonists who’ve dominated the recording industry over the past twenty years. Even Kenny G. When improvisation and innovation take a back seat to emotional melodies, drum set backbeats, and synths that attempt to imitate the instruments of the orchestra, the music begins to feel mechanical and predictable. A soloist ...


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