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Bobby Kapp: Synergy

Read "Synergy" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The subtitle of Synergy is “Bobby Kapp plays the music of Richard Sussman," which is true to some extent. To be more precise, drummer Kapp is at the heart of a septet, conducted by Scott Reeves, that features composer Sussman at the piano. So, while “Bobby Kapp plays" is technically correct, it does not represent the whole picture. What is more, this is a group with a rather unusual front line of violin, clarinet, tenor sax and French ...

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The Burton/McPherson Trio: The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village

Read "The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Burton/McPherson Trio consists of tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, drummer Eric McPherson and bassist Dezron Douglas. Why it isn't called the Burton/McPherson/Douglas Trio is anyone's guess; the hope is that bassist Douglas' feelings weren't too badly hurt by the omission. He may have found solace in the outer jacket's addendum, “Featuring Dezron Douglas." In any case, this is the trio recorded live in June 2021 at Summit Rock in Seneca Village, an historic mostly African-American settlement in New York City's ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Abraham Burton-Swingin' with Gratitude in Central Park

Read "Abraham Burton-Swingin' with Gratitude in Central Park" reviewed by David Bixler


Season five begins with saxophonist Abraham Burton. During the pandemic, photographer and engineer Jimmy Katz produced an informal concert series at the sight of the historically significant Seneca Village in Central Park. One of the concerts that Katz recorded was a trio performance featuring Burton, drummer Eric McPherson, and bassist Dezron Douglas. This energetic performance is available as The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village. This episode features music from  The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village. (Giant Step Arts) ...

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Louis Hayes: Crisis

Read "Crisis" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Louis Hayes--who has been a force in jazz drumming for more than sixty years, anchoring legendary groups led by Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, among others--has assembled a quintet of New York City's finest for Crisis, wherein he pays musical tribute to some of his jazz colleagues, past and present, including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Farrell, Lee Morgan, Bobby Hutcherson and two members of his working unit, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and bassist Dezron Douglas.

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Donald Edwards Quintet: The Color Of US Suite

Read "The Color Of US Suite" reviewed by Chris May


This is an album one really wants to love but ends up applauding more for its intention than its realisation. Drummer Donald Edwards has composed a suite which addresses the race hate which besmirches America and which, observed from the other side of the pond, seems to have become more bitter and entrenched with the passing years. On the opening “Little Hopes," a young girl identified as Sophia Edwards, possibly Edwards' daughter, relates with affecting simplicity her ...

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Songevity: See Dream Blues

Read "See Dream Blues" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


L'inizio di See Dream Blues è un tuffo nel passato. Si viene proiettati in piena era bop, nell'atmosfera di quei locali fumosi e chiassosi, dove si soffiavano note all'ultimo respiro fino a portare l'eccitazione a livelli quasi insostenibili, e dove regnava la sensazione di essere al centro del mondo. E “Catch You Cats" prende avvio con tanto di speaker che introduce il gruppo, il tema esposto dai fiati, la sequenza degli assoli, la partecipazione attiva del pubblico che batte le ...

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Aruán Ortiz: Alameda

Read "Alameda" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Il pianista cubano Aruán Ortiz pubblica per la collana New Talent della etichetta spagnola Fresh Sound Alameda, lavoro - registrato nel settembre 2006 - nel quale si avvale della presenza del saxofonista Antoine Roney, amico e mentore che si distingue per gli efficacissimi interventi in tre delle otto tracce proposte. Tutti originali, tranne l'elegante rivisitazione di “Etude No.6 Op.10" di Frederic Chopin, che propongono un jazz spigoloso, a tratti velatamente free, anche se incanalato in strutture molto ben architettate, dove ...


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