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Jazz Articles

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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.

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog

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Laurie Anderson Heart of a Dog HBO 2015 Renaissance woman and maverick Laurie Anderson is one of the most intensely engrossing artists of our time. Her work, whether music or performance or art is electric, alluring, thought provoking, forward thinking, funny, witty, ironic and deeply emotional. She does many things in different areas whether it's music, art, video, performances, design, dance, but above all she tells stories, where all these interests morph together to ...

BOOK REVIEWS

The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz

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The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz Gerald Majer 224 pages ISBN: #023113682X Columbia University Press 2005 Three men sit around a table in a restaurant that--for one night a week--masquerades as a jazz club. The dinner plates have been cleared, and we're waiting to settle the check. On the other side of a divider, the musicians are getting ready for the night's opening set. The service is slow so there's time ...


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