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Jazz Articles

LIVE REVIEWS

David Grisman Sextet at Chautauqua Auditorium

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David Grisman Sextet Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder, Colorado August 12, 2016 Wag More, Bark Less. That's a popular bumper sticker, but it could also be a theme, a motto, a catch phrase or even the guiding philosophy for the David Grisman Sextet whenever it unleashes its very own “Dawg Music." Friday night at the Chautauqua auditorium in Boulder, there was no barking. And if the musicians had been lucky enough to have tails, the wagging would ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint

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Clarinet master David Krakauer was born in raised in New York City. As he spread his considerable chops throughout NYC's classical, electronica and jazz scenes, he became known as a Klezmer specialist but just as often appeared as a soloist or member of various symphony orchestras, string quartets and chamber ensembles alongside a head-shaking variety of artists--Tzhak Perlman, Fred Wesley, John Zorn, the Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, the Klezmatics, and many others. “It's been just over 25 years ...

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David Honeyboy Edwards: I'm Gonna Tell You Somethin' That I Know

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When David Honeyboy Edwards passed in 2011, with him went one of the last living links to the history of the blues. Born in Mississippi in 1915, he started out as a wandering guitarist, playing acoustic Delta Blues as passed down by the men who invented the genre. First recorded down south in 1942, he eventually settled in Chicago by the 1950's, and witnessed firsthand when the blues went electric, doing some solid sessions at the iconic Chess Studios. I'm ...

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David Cross Band: Sign of the Crow

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The David Cross Band lets you know you're in for something picturesque right away with Sign of the Crow. The title suggests something portentous while the cover is pure Stephen King. It may suggest a quiet and gloomy listen, but if you know the violinist from his time in early-'70s King Crimson or the genre-spanning collaborations he's done since, you know he's just as capable of cranking it up to the rafters. On this album volume and intensity are the ...

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Vasil Hadzimanov Band featuring David Binney: Alive

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Critical to the success of this live album by the VHB is the fact that this band is, at its core, a working band. If you have seen VHB live, you will recognize that this album faithfully relays both the showmanship and ingenious punch of this unit. Obviously, this installment of the VHB is a highly maneuverable vessel that is capable of executing a multitude of ideas, be it electronica, African, free jazz or rock ideas. The stage is the ...

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David Ambrosio / Russ Meissner: Moments in Time

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For a long time, bassist David Ambrosio has been a vital part of the jazz scene in New York City and his playing has been documented on many releases, including the wonderful trio recordings by pianist Eri Yamamoto. In 2014, a new chapter began in Ambrosio's story when he released his first album as a leader on Fresh Sound New Talent: Gone. Here, he was in the good company of alto saxophonist Loren Stillman and drummer Russ ...

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David S. Ware and the Wisdom of Uncertainty

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Every record label needs a beginning, a first release, but it is seldom that the initial release is a masterpiece. However, this is the case with Wisdom of Uncertainty, saxophonist David S. Ware's album from 1997, which was the inaugural release of Steven Joerg's AUM Fidelity imprint. The name of the label is inspired by Charles Mingus' iconic album Mingus Ah Um. Referencing one of the all-time classics in jazz history, Joerg set the bar high for ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Gibson: Inner Agent

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The idea of creating a safe space to allow for disregarding safety may be paradoxical in nature, but it makes perfect sense when contextualized or couched in jazz terms. There can be no resolution of faith in one's surroundings and colleagues without taking the trust fall, there can be no reward without risk, and there can be no true growth without belief. Those ideals are jazz to the core, and they're at the heart of this project from trombonist David ...


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