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by Mark Sullivan
Italian pianist/composer Dino Massa leads his acoustic jazz quartet through an ambitious four-part suite. The suite format is more established in classical music than jazz, but the compositional unity of this set more than justifies the title. Massa begins Suite No. 1" unaccompanied, appropriate for the title pour le piano"--but Nicola Pisani's soprano saxophone comes in for the opening theme, along with the rest of the rhythm section. A second theme finds Pisani on baritone saxophone, a dramatic ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
While conversations about the military tend to roam widely, touching on everything from peacekeeping to warmongering, rarely do they touchdown on the topic of cultural exchange. But that's not to say the military doesn't foster such a thing. American troops stationed abroad have always managed to interact with the local population(s), imparting and taking away knowledge in the process, and cross-pollination often materializes through such meetings. Those types of exchanges have helped to build bridges, create lifelong friendships, and birth ...read more