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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Janeway Trio featuring Frank Tate and Chuck Zeuren: Secret Passages

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New York City jazz pianist David Janeway and his trio sound as if they're trying to be a force for good in the universe. Secret Passages rides a relentless traditional momentum, rolling along with a positive vibe under the influence of a big push on the refresh button. Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell operated this way, with desinctively different styles. The bass and drum team--Frank Tate and Chuck Zeuren, respectively--walk a joyful line between supportive and interactive in ...

BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Holiday 2017 III - Popular

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Finally! We make it to the finish line of another year. Here are some popular Holiday music fare. David Ian Vintage Christmas Trio Prescott Records 2017 Pianist David Ian has made a cottage industry around mid-century piano-trio jazz, a la the Vince Guaraldi Mad Men cultural axis. Ian follows up a particularly fruitful 2014 Holiday Jon Estes who has been along for the since the beginning and drummer Josh Hunt who has ...

LIVE REVIEWS

David Amram 87th Birthday Celebration at the Falcon

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David Amram Quartet The Falcon87th Birthday Celebration Marlboro, NY December 3, 2017 Ever a celebration of our true angel hearts and creative selves, David Amram's irrepressible spirit (he did turn 87 on November 17th) and margin-mashing musical journey (Phil Och's “When I'm Gone" as a sweet jazz standard anyone?) made this, as it does and all his concert appearances, a glowing testimonial not only to his colorful and tireless history, but to our ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Ian: Vintage Christmas Trio

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You can see the snow gently drifting down through the sky, taste the eggnog, and feel the yuletide spirit gently wrapping its arms around you as Vintage Christmas Trio pleasantly glides on by. Building on a branding-savvy holiday portfolio that includes Vintage Christmas (Prescott Records, 2011) and Vintage Christmas Wonderland (Prescott Records, 2014), pianist David Ian delivers a stripped-down set of ten holiday chestnuts that values clarity and concision. While vocals factored into the earlier Vintage Christmas ...

LIVE REVIEWS

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland

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David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band Birdland New York, NY November 22, 2017 Every Wednesday night at Birdland, concertgoers can be sure of having a rollickingly good time with David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band. But on 22 November 2017, this weekly making of music took on a mournful tinge in celebration of George Avakian, who died that day at the age of 98. Even as tributes to the pioneering producer via written ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Bindman Sextet: Ten Billion Versions of Reality

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Saxophonist David Bindman reconvenes the ensemble that created Sunset Park Polyphony (Self Produced, 2012) for the eclectic Ten Billion Versions of Reality. Bindman had spent parts of two recent years in the upstate New York town of Cambridge, developing a suite that is meant to weave together varying perspectives across multiple sound surfaces. The title, in part, refers to emotions and the sense of awareness shared by individuals and across species.Bindman has worked with Wadada Leo Smith and ...

SOCAL JAZZ

David Sanborn: Stick Out Your Tongue

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It was a Sunday afternoon to remember for all of us. It was a most special day for a myriad of reasons. Multi Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sanborn was at the heart of it all. A big part of the story involves a little boy. An eleven year old named Isaac who plays the saxophone and idolizes Sanborn. He, not surprisingly, was elated to learn that he, along with his mom and my wife and I, was ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stephen Foulkes and David Bednall: Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman

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'TERENCE, this is stupid stuff: / You eat your victuals fast enough; There can't be much amiss, 'tis clear, / To see the rate you drink your beer. With those words, poet AE Housman begins his celebrated Poem LXII from his famous collection A Shropshire Lad. This particular poem contains the admonition that, ..."malt does more than Milton can / To justify God's ways to man." Yet none of this appears in the present recording of Housman's ...

INTERVIEW

David Torn: Making Records, Film Composition, and Working With David Bowie

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Experimental guitarist, looper, songwriter, improviser, session guitarist, film composer, record producer, mixer...David Torn is all of those things. He is constantly on the move, looking forward to the next thing. He was last interviewed for All About Jazz in 2007 ("David Torn: A Lifetime Of Improvisation In Non-Improvisational Settings“). Our conversation mostly ranged over his many activities in the ten years since then. Asked about researching his playing history, and the Wikipedia article in particular: The ...


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