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Frank Tiberi, Joe Lovano and George Garzone: Tiberian Mode

Read "Tiberian Mode" reviewed by Jim Worsley


While the three tenor saxophone soloists with piano, bass, and drums was already a proven sextet formula, the Tiberian Mode is one of vast reproportioning and accelerated creativity. Led by big band divinity Frank Tiberi and two of his disciples, George Garzone, and Joe Lovano, the project unleashes power, vigor, and contrasting jazz sensibilities. Attention is piqued even before listening when you learn that the first song is the first and last section of John Coltrane's “Giant Steps" ...

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Dave Riekenberg: Never Too Late

Read "Never Too Late" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Another well-upholstered album of contemporary straight-ahead Jazz that gives absolutely no cause for complaint but fewer reasons than one might expect to become excited. Its title, Never Too Late, is an appropriate metaphor for tenor Dave Riekenberg's long-overdue debut as leader of his own quartet after years on the road with Woody Herman's orchestra and Blood, Sweat & Tears and many more gigging around New York City and performing as a woodwind specialist on Broadway. Riekenberg, known as “Bopper," is ...

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The Woody Herman Orchestra, Directed By Frank Tiberi: Live In London at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live In London at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Woody N' You! When I think of Woody Herman, I think of a legend in the shadows, a very prominent musician and band leader who, while he was recognized during his lifetime and after, did not receive the same attention, say, a Duke Ellington or a Benny Goodman did. Live In London at Ronnie Scott's is a superb tribute to the bandleader, steered by his friend and protege, Frank Tiberi. The disc is populated with old herd chestnuts, performed with ...

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The Woody Herman Orchestra: Live in London at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live in London at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any list of the year’s ten (or even five) most admirable big–band albums that doesn’t include Live in London should be greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism. Sure, much of the Woody Herman Orchestra’s concert appearance last August at London’s premier Jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, is comprised of well–worn Herman favorites (“Apple Honey,” “Early Autumn,” Northwest Passage,” “Opus de Funk” and so on) but no one — repeat, no one — plays them with greater passion or awareness than ...

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Frank Tiberi: Tiberian Mode

Read "Tiberian Mode" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Better late than never. Although Frank Tiberi’s stature among his fellow musicians approaches legendary, it took a Woody Herman alumnus (John Nugent) with his own record company to appreciate the benefits of bringing the present leader of the Herman Herd into a studio to document his prodigious talents. And while doing so, to invite two of Tiberi’s ardent admirers and former “students,” saxophonists Joe Lovano and George Garzone, to take part in the session. Lovano and Garzone are graduates of ...

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The Woody Herman Orchestra: A Tribute to the Legacy of Woody Herman

Read "A Tribute to the Legacy of Woody Herman" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Legacy is the first recording by the Woody Herman Orchestra since Woody's passing in October 1987. As the latest Herd reprises briefly Herman's well-known theme, “Blue Flame," and dives impulsively into Jimmy Giuffre's classic, “Four Brothers," what becomes immediately apparent is that the band hasn't surrendered much ground under music director Frank Tiberi, even with guys named Nugent, Brignola, Gunther and Tiberi sitting in for Sims, Chaloff, Getz and Steward in the sax section (and drummer Jim Rupp launching thunderbolts ...


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