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Jeff Denson, Romain Pilon and Brian Blade: Finding Light

Read "Finding Light" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Boston's Berklee College of Music has the reputation as an incubator of some top rated musicians including Quincy Jones, Diana Krall and Melissa Etheridge among others. So it should come as no surprise that the threesome attached to this recording, bassist Jeff Denson, guitarist Romain Pilon and drummer Brian Blade were all standout students and friends while simultaneously attending Berklee. Like many other musicians, the two terrible years of the Covid-19 pandemic, put many communal activities ...

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Jeff Denson, Romain Pilon, Brian Blade: Between Two Worlds

Read "Between Two Worlds" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

American bassist Jeff Denson and French guitarist Romain Pilon not only became professional acquaintances, but also great friends, when they began their studies at the much-revered Boston Berklee College of Music at the end of the last century. On Between Two Worlds the two celebrate their twenty years of on-and-off collaborating, with leading drum wizard Brian Blade completing the trio. In a set of mostly clear structures and highly melodic interplay between all involved, a crunchy guitar effect paired with ...

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Jeff Denson: Outside My Window

Read "Outside My Window" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Jeff Denson has been showing his abilities as a singer on several recent recordings. He performed a couple of The Beatles' songs on the San Francisco String Trio's May I Introduce To You and did Jeff Buckley's “So Real" on the Negative Press Project's Eternal Life: Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds. Here he devotes an entire album to his vocals, singing the work of Buckley, Peter Gabriel, Abbey Lincoln and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, in addition to several of his ...

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Jeff Denson Quartet: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Quartetto classico con piano, contrabbasso e batteria, questo a nome del compositore e contrabbassita Jeff Denson si distingue per la presenza come fiato di un fagotto, strumento decisamente atipico, nelle mani di Paul Hanson. Questa particolarità caratterizza un lavoro per il resto abbastanza convenzionale, incentrato perlopiù su ritmi molto serrati e composto interamente da brani originali -tutti a firma di Denson -eccetto il solo conclusivo “I Got It Bad," omaggio a Duke Ellington per solo contrabbasso. Aldilà del ...

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Jeff Denson Quartet: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The immediate standout feature of Jeff Denson's group is that he uses a bassoon as the reed instrument. That gives an interesting twist to the quartet's sound. Denson's compositions are a free-ranging mix of fast-paced progressive jazz and pretty ballads. The nimble, woody tone of Paul Hanson's bassoon gives an intellectual feel to the shifting tempos of pieces like “City Life" and “Look Before You Leap" that suggests the quirky music of old Canterbury Sound jazz-rock bands like ...

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Jeff Denson Trio: Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz

Read "Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Part of the beauty and challenge in following the late career recordings of saxophone icon Lee Konitz can be traced to the way he continues to grow and evolve, inspired by the many and varied musicians he works with and, in turn, inspiring them. Anybody who's heard him wildly deconstruct a standard with pianist Dan Tepfer, paint ethereal fever dreams with guitarist Bill Frisell, or bound along with saxophonist Grace Kelly can attest to that fact. Konitz is always himself, ...

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Jeff Denson: Secret World

Read "Secret World" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

È il momento dei contrabbassisti/compositori/arrangiatori. Dopo Linda Ho e Matt Ulery, usciti dal laboratorio Greenleaf di Dave Douglas, dopo Eivind Opsvik, norvegese d'origine newyorchese d'adozione, ecco Jeff Denson da Washington D.C.. Curiosità, eclettismo, rispetto dell'insegnamento dei grandi maestri, capacità di andare oltre la tradizione senza venir meno ai suoi canoni fondamentali, forte attrazione e coinvolgimento verso la musica accademica, sono le parole d'ordine che accomunano, pur nelle poro diversità, i personaggi menzionati. Denson è membro stabile del Lee Konitz New ...


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