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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nick Sanders & Logan Strosahl: Janus

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Pianist Nick Sanders and saxophonist Logan Strosahl have named their duet outing Janus. The Janus of the Roman Empire era was a God with two faces, a God of time, with one gaze directed forward, the other backward in time. Sanders and Strosahl began playing in the duo format a decade ago, wood-shedding in the dorms at Boston's New England Conservatory, where they were both students. They revisit those sessions, in a sense, a wide-ranging, Janus-ian, forward/backward exploration ...

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Anderson / Stolt: Invention of Knowledge

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Guitarist Roine Stolt and fellow members of Swedish prog rock masters The Flower Kings, Tom Brislin (keys), Jonas Reingold (bass), Daniel Gildenlöw (backing vocals), Michael Stolt (bass) and Felix Lehrmann (drums) align with one of the founding fathers of the British prog movement Jon Anderson (Yes) for a strikingly arranged rock and electro-orchestral program, fabricated with an artistic flair. Stolt and associates would theoretically assume the roles of the 'newer' post-90s extension of prog's glory days, where bands such as ...

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Omri Ziegele Noisy Minority featuring Ray Anderson: Wrong is Right

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The Swiss trio Noisy Minority led by alto saxophonist-poet Omri Ziegele mocks the notion that you can make a clear-cut line between what is right and wrong in jazz or any improvised music. Their aesthetic goes deeper than the often-repeated inverse by pianist Kenny Barron: “if you don't make mistakes, you don't play jazz." Instead, Noisy Minority adopts Italian philosopher Alessandro Bertinetto argument that jazz is not an aesthetic of imperfection but a “perfection of the moment." These ...

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Dave Anderson: Blue Innuendo

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A follow up to his highly-acclaimed debut album Clarity (Pony Boy Records, 2010), saxophonist Dave Anderson presents his second foray into the modern jazz landscape but this time, adding a tinge of the blues with the artful and engaging Blue Innuendo, offering a selection of original music that sizzles and swings from beginning to end. The title of the album is drawn from an original song penned and dedicated to the great organ master Joey D'Francesco after hearing the organist ...

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Uwe Oberg - Frank Paul Schubert - Wilbert de Joode - Mark Sanders: Rope

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These upper-echelon European improvisers offer a grab bag of tasty treats in front of an audience at the Festival Just Music in Wiesbaden, Germany. This 2015 performance consists of three works, but the 35-minute opener “Drifter," is a tour de force amid a macrocosm of delicate phrasings, succinct shadings, ethereal background treatments and scorching, climactically driven buildups. Essentially, they keep you on the edge. Frank Paul Schubert's darting and weaving soprano sax lines and pianist Uwe Oberg's multifaceted ...

LIVE REVIEWS

The Chuck Anderson Trio featuring Coreen at The Media Jazz Festival

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The Chuck Anderson Trio featuring Jazz Vocalist Coreen Media Jazz Festival Media, PA November 21 2015 At the 13th annual Media Jazz Festival, the Chuck Anderson Trio made their fourth appearance since 2007, but this time with a new component to the show: the trio was joined by featured jazz vocalist Coreen.   The Trio of Chuck Anderson, drummer Ed Rick and bassist Eric Schreiber played familiar and original tunes, with standards that are especially ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Chuck Anderson: My Life in Music

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My Life in Music Chuck Anderson 180 PagesISBN: #9781483440804 Lulu 2015 Chuck Anderson is not your ordinary jazz musician, and this book is not a typical biography of an entertainer or jazz artist. Anderson is a consummate master of the guitar in jazz, classical, and world music idioms, a composer, performer in diverse settings, educator, and leader of his own working trio. The book is not the typical reminiscence of hard times, ...

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Garzone / Bergonzi / Moses / Andersson: Splitting up in Boston

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Back in 2013, renowned saxophonists George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi recorded an album together that came out in 2014 on the Danish label Stunt. The name of the album was Quintonic and it sounded just as one might expect; wonderful music with fiery blowing, swinging tunes, tight grooves and razor-sharp twists and turns and lyric moments of beauty. They recorded it with two Danish musicians, pianist Carl Winther and drummer Anders Mogensen, and the Finnish bassist Johnny Åman.


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