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Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six

Read "Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In jazz terms, trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington's Bicoastal Collective is a long-running series, as this marks the sixth recording produced during their sixteen-year partnership. As Chapters One to Five were splendid, it might have been advisable to close the book there. However, Tynan and Lington have chosen to forge ahead, and so Chapter Six must be appraised on its own merits. Before weighing the music, it should be noted that Tynan and Lington ...

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Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six

Read "Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six" reviewed by Gary Carner


If you ask yourself: What is the definition of meaningtul contemporary jazz? What do well-crafted jazz tunes played by stellar musicians sound like? How do you combine fresh music ideas with the heritage of jazz as we know it? How do you inject various harmonic layers into jazz compositions and still make it sound accessible? What's the definition of serious jazz with a playful attitude? The answer is: Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington's Bicoastal Collective. From the first ...

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Jason Keiser: Shaw's Groove

Read "Shaw's Groove" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “Shaw" in guitarist Jason Keiser's album Shaw's Groove is the late great Woody Shaw, one of the more innovative and influential jazz trumpeters of the twentieth century. Even though he lived only forty-four years (he died in May 1989), Shaw was an important role model whose sweeping influence remains strong to this day, both as a player and composer. The first four songs on Shaw's Groove were written by Shaw himself, among the many he composed ...

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Chris Walden: Missa Iubileum Aureum: Golden Jubilee Jazz Mass

Read "Missa Iubileum Aureum: Golden Jubilee Jazz Mass" reviewed by Jack Bowers


First things first: there is no doubt that Chris Walden's reverential Missa Iubileum Aureum ("Golden Jubilee Jazz Mass") is beautifully written and wonderfully performed by the LMR Jazz Orchestra, St. Dominick's Schola Cantorum and cantors Kurt Elling and Tierney Sutton. Is it jazz? That is another question, one not so easily answered. While there are elements of jazz, they are incidental and generally overshadowed by the more doctrinal aspects of what is essentially an homage to devotion and piety. And ...

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Pacific Mambo Orchestra: The III Side

Read "The III Side" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pacific Mambo Orchestra—PMO, for short—has a lot to celebrate. With the calendar turning to 2020, this Grammy-winning Latin big band celebrated its 10th anniversary and the early January release of this potent third album. Inviting special guests, strings and part-time personnel to the party, PMO uses this opportunity to craft a spicy stew seasoned with Mambo, Timba, Bolero, bop, classical associations and a whole lot more. With an excess of heat and rhythmic vivacity in its soul, ...

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Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Five

Read "Chapter Five" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Chapter Five is the fifth recording by Paul Tynan / Aaron Lington's Bicoastal Collective, which derives its name from the fact that trumpeter Tynan lives in Nova Scotia, saxophonist Lington in San Jose, CA. What sets this CD apart from the others is that the Collective has morphed from a smaller version to a full-fledged eighteen- piece big band. The music remains essentially the same with four compositions by Tynan and four by Lington, all of which ...

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Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Colletive: Chapter 4

Read "Bicoastal Colletive: Chapter 4" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington first met more than fifteen years ago when they were grad students at the University of North Texas in Denton. After gigging separately for a few years, they formed the Bicoastal Collective about a decade ago and have been playing and recording together ever since. This could reasonably be called the Binational Collective, as four of the five musicians on Chaper Four are Canadian, with Lington the lone American. He lives in ...


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