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Album Review

Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious

Read "Elegy for Thelonious" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Dopo aver circumnavigato la musica di Monk in diversi contesti, prevalentemente come pianista in piccoli organici, Frank Carlberg, finlandese di nascita ma newyorchese a tutti gli effetti, affronta in questo suo ultimo, ambizioso lavoro l'ineffabile Thelonious da una prospettiva diversa: dedicandogli una serie di composizioni proprie ispirate a lui e alla sua arte così fuori da ogni ovvietà (non senza scampoli tematici acchiappati al volo e titolazioni spesso molto gustose ed emblematiche, da “Scallop's Scallop" a “Wrinkle on Trinkle," in ...

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Christine Correa: Just You Stand and Listen with Me

Read "Just You Stand and Listen with Me" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

«Il primo incontro con la musica di Abbey Lincoln l'ho avuto nel 1979 tramite Ran Blake, poco dopo il mio arrivo negli Stati Uniti--ha ricordato Christine Correa--. Non avevo mai ascoltato registrazioni così intense come la Freedom Now Suite e Straight Ahead. Il messaggio di Abbey era appassionato, espressivo, con un potere tutto suo. (...) Quella sua voce possente ha avuto un effetto duraturo su di me e la sua musica ha continuato ad essere una fonte d'ispirazione».

Album Review

Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious

Read "Elegy for Thelonious" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Frank Carlberg has been exploring the music of Thelonious Monk for some time, most specifically on his large group album, Monk Dreams, Hallucinations, and Nightmares, (Sunnyside, 2017). This new album has Carlberg returning to the large ensemble format for more Monk investigations, but this time approaching the work in a more splintered and abstract fashion. He does not simply interpret familiar Monk tunes. He writes compositions and arrangements which stitch Monk riffs and ideas into new fabrics, ...

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Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious

Read "Elegy for Thelonious" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There was a sardonic saying circulating a few years ago that observed, “It's Frank Sinatra's world, we just live in it." While that was a backhanded compliment, tailoring it to the subject of this large ensemble recording, we would call it a commendation. Pianist, composer, and conductor Frank Carlberg is telling us, “It's Thelonious Monk's world, and (thank god) we live in it." Carlberg has been a disciple of Monk for decades, recording his music in a piano trio format ...

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Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra: Open Spaces

Read "Open Spaces" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The subtitle of this album is “Folk Songs Reimagined" and Daniel Hersog uses a very liberal meaning for the term “folk song" here. He includes traditional folk songs on this album, in addition to familiar tunes by Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot and his own folk-based compositions. All are given a glistening polish in the sweeping cinematic arrangements which he writes for his orchestra, and are further enhanced by excellent solo work from a number of musicians. Hersog's ...

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Daniel Hersog: Open Spaces

Read "Open Spaces" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Locked down and socially distanced during the pandemic, composer-arranger Daniel Hersog had an interesting idea: rearrange some well-known and well-loved folk songs, most with Canadian roots, for jazz orchestra and throw in a handful of his own original compositions with a folk-tune ambience. The result is Open Spaces: Folk Songs Reimagined, the sophomore album by Hersog's Vancouver-based ensemble. As on his debut recording, Night Devoid of Stars (Cellar Music, 2020), Hersog welcomes a number of talented guest ...

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Patricia Brennan: More Touch

Read "More Touch" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's uncanny how More Touch, vibraphonist Patricia Brennan's scarily good follow-up to her head-turning debut Maquishti (Valley of Search, 2021) follows one around all day. Its essence is in the air, in the room, in the conversation. It sneaks around the corner and races down the stairs, out into the street, and breaks into any and all of the machinations that drive the day. Born of its own fevered animation, the music on More Touchis brazen. Atmospheric yet ...

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Performance / Tour

Jeff Kimmel Trio Featuring Kim Cass and Luther Gray @ The Music Workshop - 6/18

Jeff Kimmel Trio Featuring Kim Cass and Luther Gray @ The Music Workshop - 6/18

Source: All About Jazz

Artists-at-Large presents the Jeff Kimmel Trio, featuring Kim Cass and Luther Gray, on Monday, June 18 at 8:30pm, as part of the “Music Workshop" series at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge (15 Dana Ave, Hyde Park, MA; 617-276-3223). A $7 dollar donation is suggested. Jeff Kimmel - bass clarinet Kim Cass - bass Luther Gray - drums Jeff Kimmel: Composer and bass clarinetist Jeff Kimmel has performed with Joe Morris, Allan Chase, Daniel Levin, the ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Elegy for Thelonious

Sunnyside Records


Just You Stand and...

Sunnyside Records


Open Spaces

Cellar Music


More Touch

Pyroclastic Records



Day Bridge Records



SteepleChase Records



From: Open Spaces
By Kim Cass

Unquiet Respect

From: More Touch
By Kim Cass

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