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Heiner Stadler: Brains on Fire

Read "Heiner Stadler: Brains on Fire" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Heiner StadlerBrains on FireLabor Records2012One of the most exciting reissues of the first quarter of 2012 is composer and pianist Heiner Stadler's pioneering Brains on Fire, originally released in 1973. The two-CD reissue adds three lengthy, previously unreleased tracks and informative and well-researched liner notes by critic Howard Mandel. Interestingly, Stadler occupies the piano chair only on five of the eight pieces, recorded over a seven-year span in a ...

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Album Review

Heiner Stadler: Tribute to Bird & Monk

Read "Tribute to Bird & Monk" reviewed by Nic Jones


Tribute to Bird & Monk is a scintillating blast recorded in 1978, when the battle lines between innovation and the tradition were clearly drawn. In tackling compositions by Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, and casting them in a fresh light, arranger Heiner Stadler obviously wasn't shy about playing the provocative agent. Initially it sounds as if he was intent only on realizing music that was as far removed from the source material as possible. However, upon repeated exposure to his ...

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Album Review

Heiner Stadler: Tribute to Bird & Monk

Read "Tribute to Bird & Monk" reviewed by Troy Collins


Originally released in 1978 as a double LP by Tomato Records, Tribute to Bird & Monk is as revelatory now as when it was awarded a five star review in Downbeat over three decades ago. This unique tribute transcends convention, featuring a stellar cast of musicians performing under-sung German composer Heiner Stadler's polyphonic orchestrations of be-bop standards written by Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. The lineup Stadler selected for this project spans the entire spectrum of jazz tradition. ...

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Album Review

Jack Walrath: In Montana

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Trumpeter Jack Walrath went back to Montana in January of 1980 to accomplish three things: visit his parents, burn down his old high school, and do a recording with a local quartet called--interestingly enough--Montana. Walrath never got around to torching his alma mater, but he did develop a working relationship with four talented musicians who were just as dedicated to stretching the envelope as he was. The result was In Montana, just re-released by Labor Records.

Montana wasn't your average ...

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Album Review

Derek Bronston Group: Ebb

Read "Ebb" reviewed by Scott Andrews


Guitarist Derek Bronston has played with wide spectrum of creative artists. That list includes Jerry Gonzalez, Tom Harrell, D.D. Jackson, and Cecil Taylor; and he regularly gigs the New York City jazz scene with his eponymous quartet. Ebb, his second CD as composer and band leader after 1999's Longing, offers nine original tracks of mellow, acoustic jazz from a quartet consisting of guitar, sax, bass and drums.

Ebb starts and finishes in a somber mood, bracketed by ...

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Album Review

The Derek Bronston Group: Ebb

Read "Ebb" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Guitarist/composer, Derek Bronston signifies yet another up and coming artist emanating from New York City’s generally vibrant jazz scene. With his second release, the artist continues to meld sonorous melodies and atmospheric choruses with climactic overtures. Besides, he enjoys an extremely fruitful association with his counterpart, saxophonist, Lisa Parrott who resides as a near perfect foil in the soloing arena. However, Ms. Parrott often establishes the melody lines atop Bronston’s intricately executed chord progressions and circuitous single note leads. Whereas ...

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Album Review

Heiner Stadler: Jazz Alchemy

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The concept of “Third Stream" and improvised compositions (composed improvisations?) did not die in the '50s. It has matured through the last half century to the point where the line between composition and improvisation has become extremely blurred. (Witness the graphic arrangements of Morton Feldman, for example, which require the performer to specify individual notes while maintaining a calculated course of pitch or intensity.) On discs like Heiner Stadler's Jazz Alchemy, it can be a real challenge to tell exactly ...


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