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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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Dave Phillips & Freedance: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Californiano che ha girato il mondo, proveniente da una famiglia per la quale il suono del basso era ed è rimasto un fondamentale segno distintivo (il padre si chiama Barre e credo davvero non abbia bisogno di nessuna presentazione), Dave Phillips è da molti critici rispettosamente presentato come un “bassista per tutte le occasioni," vale a dire un musicista da sempre aperto alle tante sfaccettature della modern music tout court. Attento alla naturale chimica che regola il suono moderno, Dave ...

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Dave Phillips & Freedance: Freedance Live

Read "Freedance Live" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Registrato dal vivo nel luglio 2004 a Montpellier, durante un tour europeo per festeggiare i dodici anni di vita della formazione, Freedance Live testimonia una delle numerose facce musicali di Dave Phillips, leader del quartetto. Figlio di Barre Phillips, esponente storico del jazz d’avanguardia, David si muove con disinvoltura in varie contesti stilistici: dal trio di improvvisazione sulla musica delle radici con il fisarmonicista Will Holshouser, ad esibizioni con orchestre da camera, senza dimenticare varie collaborazioni con formazioni operanti nell’ambito ...

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Freedance: Freedance Live

Read "Freedance Live" reviewed by Paul Olson


This new set by bassist/composer Dave Phillips' Freedance band documents a 2004 performance at the annual Radio France Festival in Montpellier, France. The longstanding quartet of Phillips, alto player John O'Gallagher, guitarist Rez Abbasi and drummer Tony Moreno doesn't break any new ground here; no one's trying to invent any new forms.With the kind of near-telepathic sensitivity and interplay that only veteran bands attain (and with Phillips' refreshingly openhearted compositions), Freedance doesn't need to reinvent jazz. The six ...

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Dave Phillips: Prayer

Read "Prayer" reviewed by Andrey Henkin


The family business of jazz is a perilous one. Expectations come high when a child follows the parent's example. Will the offspring be as productive, or will comparisons undermine their prospects before they mature? Bassist Dave Phillips is the son of improvisatory bass legend Barre Phillips. Such a pedigree is not always a boon. Phillips handles it well by playing much differently than pére, writing his own compelling compositions and, most importantly, assembling a wonderfully cohesive group. The ...

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Dave Phillips & Freedance: Prayer

Read "Prayer" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Bassist Dave Phillips leads his quartet through a loosely climactic venture throughout these nine works. The album title provides a speck of information about the band’s mode of execution. Phillips and company are in no great rush to get to the point, evidenced on pieces such as “Window” and “Prayer,” where the band pursues staggered swing grooves and whispery choruses. Electric guitarist Rez Abbasi’s dark toned lines serve as a near perfect foil for alto saxophonist John O’ Gallagher’s feathery ...


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