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Kent Engelhardt & Stephen Enos: Madd For Tadd

Read "Madd For Tadd" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The masterworks on this second edition of Madd for Tadd are presented on two discs, one of which bears the name of one of composer/pianist Tadd Dameron's classic themes, “Our Delight." Oddly, the other is named for the only non-Dameronian item on the menu, “Central Avenue Swing," written by saxophonist and Dameron chronicler Kent Engelhardt who adapted the composer's tasteful charts for a big band and co-leads the ensemble with trumpeter Steve Enos. Although he is most ...

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Ted Piltzecker: Vibes on a Breath

Read "Vibes on a Breath" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though Ted Piltzecker is a splendid vibraphonist and ushers a group of Colorado's leading jazz musicians through its paces on Vibes on a Breath, it is his sparkling arrangements that carry the day on this delightful new album. Several members of Piltzecker's septet double, and he makes the most of that versatility, writing charts that bring to the fore John Gunther's bass clarinet, Wil Swindler's baritone sax and (on the closing number) Judith Leclair's bassoon and Javier Diaz's percussion. ...

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Brad Goode: The Unknown

Read "The Unknown" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

One of the joys attached to reviewing music is the exposure to artists who otherwise might not show up on the radar. For every Pat Metheny there are a hundred highly-creative, lower-profile, hugely-talented guitarists plucking the strings; for every Brad Mehldau plying the trade ten dozen marvelous, relatively unknown pianists show up in the mailbox or the downloads. And for every Ralph Alessi out there blowing their horns, you will--with just a bit of digging--encounter scores of trumpeters riding below ...

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David Sanford Big Band feat. Hugh Ragin: A Prayer for Lester Bowie

Read "A Prayer for Lester Bowie" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La variopinta composizione di Hugh Ragin dedicata a Lester Bowie dà il titolo al nuovo album di David Sanford ma non ne esaurisce gli intenti. Il premiato compositore, bandleader e didatta di Pittsburgh aggiunge infatti sette suoi nuovi brani, confermando fantasiosa padronanza del disegno orchestrale in equilibrio tra linguaggio contemporaneo e tradizione. I brani del disco sono stati incisi nel 2016 e vedono la luce solo ora grazie all'etichetta Greenleaf di Dave Douglas. L'incisione è stata effettuata ...

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Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The first collaboration between trumpeter Brad Goode and saxophonist Ernie Watts is a case study in superior musicianship and improvisation. It also illustrates how two frontline performers and their supporting band can achieve excellence as a creative ensemble. The kickoff, “Half Moon," an original from pianist Adrean Farrugia, is reminiscent of the popular work of Chuck Mangione. Goode states the theme and chases all the clouds away before Watts enters to echo the theme and stretch out ...

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Brad Goode, Brad Turner and More New Releases

Read "Brad Goode, Brad Turner and More New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature excellent new albums by Brad Goode, Brad Turner, Gregory Rivkin and Samuel Blais alongside some other new releases and archive picks. Playlist Brad Goode Quintet “Half Moon" from That's Right (Origin Records) 00:00 Brad Turner “Ups and Downs" from Pacific (Cellar Live) 09:34 Gregory Rivkin “Portrait of Elvin" from A Certain Attitude (Vitaly Manevich / LemonJuice Studio) 16:52 Samuel Blais “Imitation Game" from Equilibrium (Odd Sound) 23:17 Bobby Hutcherson “Don Is" from Enjoy ...

Album Review

Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Jim Trageser

With a fat, rich tone somewhere between French classical trumpeter Maurice André and the flugelhorn of Chuck Mangione, Brad Goode has the ultimate calling card for a jazz player: An immediately recognizable sound. The fact that he's also got an upper register to rival Maynard Ferguson makes Goode one of the most underknown of jazz players. Joined by the great Ernie Watts on tenor sax, and a solid rhythm section of Adrean Farrugia (piano), Kelly Sill (bass) and ...


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