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Alex Goodman: Second Act

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Canadian guitarist/composer Alex Goodman has been living in New York City for five years. Second Act is his fifth album, but the first to employ a New York City based band, and all the music was composed there as well. After a solo bass introduction from Rick Rosato “Questions" opens the set with fast swing, the whole group in acoustic mode. Pianist Eden Ladin takes an extended solo before the leader takes over on guitar. “The First Break" includes an ...

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Big Star: The Best of Big Star

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The Best of Big Star might be the ideal introduction to the greatest 'never was but shoulda been' band of all time. Not nearly so extensive or lavishly packaged as Keep An Eye on the Sky (Rhino, 2009) or Third Complete (Omnivore, 2016), the quick succession of sixteen tracks, a half-dozen of which are rare single edits of album tracks, presents Big Star not only as a great band of players, but ingenious songwriters and recording artists willing to experiment ...

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Alexander Hawkins: Unit[e]

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With each subsequent release, pianist-composer Alexander Hawkins further cements his place in the top tier of modern, forward-thinking artists. The Oxford, UK native has worked as a leader in nonet, ensemble, quartet, trio and solo formats and is a member of the Convergence Quartet featuring cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, drummer Harris Eisenstadt, and bassist Dominic Lash. Increasingly in-demand, Hawkins has recently recorded with Evan Parker on the duo release Leaps in Leicester (Clean Feed, 2016) and with Rob Mazurek on ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Moments Captured

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Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin's 12th outing as a leader for the esteemed Criss Cross label finds him returning to the three-horn front line format that he previously explored on the masterful “Destinations Unknown" (Criss Cross, 2011). Returning from that date are tenor giant Chris Potter and the unrelentingly groovy Eric Harland on drums. David Binney is Sipiagin's usual choice of alto players, (having appeared on three of his previous releases,) however this time around Will Vinson completes the horn section on ...

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Alexandre Coté, Gary Schwartz, Jim Doxas: 3rio

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3rio is a connected-jazz project uniting jny: Montreal-based saxophonist Alexandre Coté, guitarist Gary Schwartz, and drummer Jim Doxas (brother of saxophonist Chet Doxas), three feverishly-engaged musicians with extensive training and local to international playing experience, and whose love and deep dedication to jazz, from its roots and connections, have been firmly established, though this aspect could be deduced from this album alone, their first together, whether or not one is familiar with their other collaborations, projects, and the numerous recordings ...

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The Joey Alexander Trio At The Flynn Center For The Performing Arts

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The Joey Alexander Trio Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, Vermont April 22, 2017Watching and listening to Joey Alexander perform with his two ultra-sympathetic band mates on the Flynn Center stage April 22nd, it was impossible not to be caught up in the spontaneity of the moment, the immediacy of which is the essence of the live jazz experience. That said, as the music flowed around and through the trio, it was ...

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Alex Wintz: LifeCycle

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Life cycles mark and determine how we develop, where we travel, and why we arrive and thrive in different places, figuratively and literally, at any given time. That's the point that guitarist Alex Wintz's music makes here, as this project takes its cues from the larger natural theme while growing specifically from his own personal and musical evolution of late. It's a work that couldn't be made at any other moment, as it specifically reflects Wintz as he is today, ...

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440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights

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It's always a pleasure to be reminded what a range of sounds just one instrument can produce. The same 88 keys can be used in endlessly different ways in different inventive hands, and this batch of recordings has several masterful performers taking that starting point toward quite eclectic ends. Dag Arnesen Trio Pentagon Tapes Losen Records 2017 With a love for jazz and folk both classic and modern, Dag Arnesen finds a ...

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Alexi Tuomarila: Kingdom

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Piano-led power trios have proliferated over the last twenty years or more thanks to the likes of the Esbjörn SvenssonTrio and The Bad Plus whose respective approach was undeniably a more consciously dynamic one than the reflective approach of say Bill Evans or the redoubtable Keith Jarrett. There was also, inevitably, a move away from the old style of swinging piano trios such as those led by Erroll Garner or Oscar Peterson. Often, contemporary piano-led trios have embraced a more ...


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