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Bobby Avey: Inhuman Wilderness

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The failings and callousness of mankind have long served as muse and model for artists, but rarely have such negative stimuli yielded such powerful, probing, and positively mesmerizing work as what can be heard on Inhuman Wilderness. This fifth album from pianist Bobby Avey provides extraordinarily intense and thoughtful musical commentary on topics ranging from the unknown heroes and history-makers of our time to U.S. drone actions in the Middle East and Africa. In doing so, it ...

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Bobby Avey: Authority Melts From Me

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It's no mean feat for a creative artist to translate historical events--much less those marred by centuries of slavery, political struggles, foreign occupation (most notably by the US) and the endless oppression of a chronically poor underclass wracked by disease--into a cogent, coherent musical statement. Recent events on the island nation of Haiti have included a devastating earthquake and an ensuing cholera epidemic. Yet the nation and its people persevere. How does all of this translate into music?

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Bobby Avey: Authority Melts From Me

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Former Thelonious Monk competition winner, pianist Bobby Avey has been creating a buzz in the jazz community based on the strengths of his three previous solo outings. Yet Authority Melts From Me is his first quintet led outing, inspired by his respect for the people of Haiti and the slave revolt, leading to the country's independence from France in 1804. Here, Avey aligns with a mega-talented supporting cast who respectively add their distinctive voices to his intricately designed oeuvres via ...

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Bobby Avey: A New Face

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A New Face is a somewhat misleading title for this album. True, this is the debut recording as leader by the 25-year-old Bobby Avey but he's been on the jazz scene for some time. Most notably, he joined star saxophonist Dave Liebman on Vienna Dialogues (ZOHO, 2006) while he was still a student and his regular trio--bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Jordan Pearlson, both featured effectively here--has been together since 2005. Avey composed all eight tunes on ...

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Bobby Avey: A New Face

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The CD is called A New Face, referring to the set's leader, pianist Bobby Avey. He was an even “newer" face on 2006's Vienna Dialogues (Zoho Music), a duet set with veteran saxophonist David Liebman that explored the music of pre-twentieth century classical composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Mahler and Brahms.For this, Avey's debut as a leader, the pianist has put together modern-thinking jazz trio, in the mode of Jason Moran or Vijay Iyer. Liebman's back, sitting in on ...

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Dave Liebman & Bobby Avey: Vienna Dialogues

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Dave Liebman has released seventy albums since 1972, matching some of the most frequently recorded musicians in jazz, but the soprano saxophonist keeps moving forward. Vienna Dialogues is a duet performance with pianist Bobby Avey. Throughout his career, Liebman has collaborated on several piano-saxophone duet albums, the most recent of which was Manhattan Dialogues (Zoho, 2005) with pianist Phil Markowitz.

An improviser who can play bebop or free jazz flawlessly, Liebman studied with Lenny Tristano and Charles Lloyd. He gained ...

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Dave Liebman & Bobby Avey: Vienna Dialogues

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A programme consisting of music from the likes of Robert Schumann and Georg Friedrich Handel should really be some kind of anathema to jazz per se, but what keeps it from being so on Vienna Dialogues is the deft interplay and deep musical understanding that exists between soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Bobby Avey. In as good an example as any of how the music goes round, it's these very qualities that call to mind the work of the ...

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Dave Liebman & Bobby Avey: Vienna Dialogues

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An album based around music by Mendelssohn, Mahler and other classical composers might sound a little too polite for expressionist saxophonist Dave Liebman. But Vienna Dialogues, a followup to the more in-character Manhattan Dialogues (Zoho, 2005), demonstrates what anyone who has followed his career already knows. Liebman has always been a player who can immerse himself in any setting, capture its essence and still sound completely himself. Vienna Dialogues simply challenges Liebman, in duet with young pianist Bobby Avey, to ...

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Dave Liebman & Bobby Avey: Vienna Dialogues

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Prominent jazz musicians from Bill Evans to Christian Howes have begun their musical careers with formal training in classical music. Others, like Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck, have explored classical compositional form during the latter part of their careers. But few have taken on the challenge with the passion and commitment shown by Dave Liebman, as demonstrated on Vienna Dialogues, a recording he made in tandem with pianist Bobby Avey.

Here, Liebman--who began his musical studies on classical piano at ...


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