Articles by Tom Greenland


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Globe Unity: Sweden

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Jonas Kullhammar Quartet Från Och Med Herr Moserobie Music Production 2010 Correction Two Nights in April Ayler Records 2010 Swedish Azz Jazz På Svenska NotTwo Records 2010

By many accounts, Sweden officially caught the jazz bug in 1933 when Louis Armstrong stormed the ...


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Eric Hofbauer: Eric Hofbauer: American Fear!

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With American Fear!, creative guitarist Eric Hofbauer once again exposes his funny bone, effectively demonstrating that jazz and humor are not mutually exclusive. Like American Vanity (Creative Nation, 2002), this is a solo guitar effort mixing unusual covers with quirky originals, all delivered with the Boston-based artist's extroverted minimalism. There are no disposable notes in this suite of vignettes, each track a meditation on the various ramifications of fear, whether from childhood ("Monsters Under the Bed"), adolescent ...



Pat Metheny: One Man's Band

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In plays such as Medea and Alcestis, the ancient Greek tragedian Euripides was roundly criticized, even parodied, for his use of an artificial plot device or deus ex machina ("god from the machine"), because it violated narrative logic and challenged the audience's suspension of disbelief. Guitarist Pat Metheny, never one to shy away from wrathful gods, has taken a bold step on his latest tour: eliminating his band in favor of a miraculous machine able to extend and expand his ...


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Globe Unity: Portugal

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RED TrioRED TrioClean Feed2009 Gianni Lenoci, Carlos Zingaro, Marcello MagliocchiSerendipityAmirani2009 Rodrigo AmadoThe Abstract TruthEuropean Echoes2009 Although more associated in popular imagination with the longing, saudade-laden sound of fado, Portugal has long supported jazz, boasting Europe's oldest jazz club, Lisbon's Hot Clube de Portugal, important festivals and ...


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Tom Harrell: Tom Harrell: Roman Nights

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Roman Nights, trumpeter Tom Harrell's third release with his hardworking quintet of saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnathan Blake, is an all-original set that maintains the highest standards of composition, small-group arranging and improvisation. Harrell is a paragon of restraint, each note carefully chosen, each phrase finely balanced, seducing with the sheer magnetism of his melodies, while Escoffery lets loose torrents of ideas that topple over each other with brassy bluster.

On “Let the ...


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Mark Turner: International Alliances

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Diego Barber Calima Sunnyside Records 2008 Mamasaal Quartet Mamasaal feat. Mark Turner SAZAS 2008

Saxophonist Mark Turner, a notable bandleader and distinctive voice in his own right, has been especially effective as a co-contributor on diverse projects. On Calimaand Mamasaal, he matches wits and skills with an international cast.


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Globe Unity: Spain

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AfinkeEn la Cuerda Floja R3cords 2009 Santiago LatorreÓrbitaAccretions2009 Agusti FernandezUn Llamp Que No S'Acaba MaiPsi2009 The Spanish jazz scene got off to a slow start, most notably in the mid '60s with the launch of the San Sebastián festival, but has flowered considerably in the intervening ...


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