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David Ake: Humanities

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The group that pianist/composer David Ake assembles for Humanities thrives on change and doesn't care all that much for boundaries, familiar stylistic references, or decorum. Distinctions between written material and improvisation, soloists and accompaniment, are subject to transformation, collapse, consolidation and mutation. Nothing stays on exactly the same course for very long. Featuring Ake, Ralph Alessi's trumpet, Ben Monder's guitar, Drew Gress' bass, and the drums and cymbals of Mark Ferber, the band offers a steady diet of shifts in ...

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David Ake: Humanities

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Pianist David Ake is a tough man to pin down. With Bridges (Posi-Tone, 2013) he took on the form of label outlier and pathfinder, breaking away from Posi-Tone's radio-friendly album format with a series of outward bound excursions; on Lake Effect (Posi-Tone, 2015) he offered a cooler alternative that proved ruminative in many of its pursuits; and through Humanities he delivers a penetrating program that roams wide without running or breaking free. He keeps us guessing, for sure, and that's ...

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David Series: Meerkat Parade

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Apparently the official term is “clan" or “mob" when meerkats gather in a group. Despite their being social animals, nothing suggests they'd be organized enough for anything resembling a parade--that would only be a silly distraction from the business of burrowing, foraging and avoiding the jackals. Nonetheless David Series and a sharp crew find some good humor in the idea. His debut as leader doesn't aim to be quite as wild and aggressive as its namesake; this quartet's initial fusion ...

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Jo David Meyer Lysne & Mats Eilertsen: Meander

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Norwegian guitarist Jo David Meyer Lysne and double bassist Mats Eilertsen make their debut as a duo here. Meyer Lysne is a young player with a very individual approach to the acoustic guitar; Eilertsen is a veteran with over a hundred recordings on his resume, experience that really helps to bring Meyer Lysne's concepts into focus. This is an acoustic project at its core, but both performers also employ electronic effects to expand the possibilities of their instruments. Recording and ...

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David Virelles & Nosotros at Jazz Standard

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David Virelles & Nosotros feat. Román Díaz Jazz Standard New York, NY January 31, 2018 Since touching hallowed ECM ground in 2013, pianist David Virelles has opened minds of listeners far and wide. Despite the expansive reach of his art, however, the experience of hearing it live is nothing if not inward. Joined for two nights at Jazz Standard by percussionists Román Díaz and Keisel Jiménez, along with bassist Rashaan Carter, Virelles proved ...

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David Lyttle & Andreas Varady at Bennigans Jazz Club

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David Lyttle & Andreas Varady Bennigans Jazz Bar Derry, N. Ireland January 14, 2018 There was an air of expectation around the duo gig of David Lyttle and Andreas Varady -two of the finest exponents of their respective instruments in contemporary jazz. Not surprisingly, Bennigans Jazz Club--a wonderfully intimate setting--was packed to capacity. This is a new project from Irish drummer Lyttle and Slovakian guitarist Varady, having first collaborated together on Questions (Lyte Records, ...

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12 Most Read Album Reviews: 2017

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent the top 12 published in 2017. There Is No Love David Sylvian by Phil Barnes Published: July 18, 2017 Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian Sarah Partridge by Dan Bilawsky Published: April 14, 2017 Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago, June 28th, 2017 King Crimson by ...

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David S. Ware Trio: Live in New York, 2010

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One night on earth David S. Ware was here. Blowing at the Blue Note on October 4, 2010, but it could have been October 4, 2090. Years ahead of his time or perhaps just outside of it, he took his alto saxophone and played. Fully formed compositions never named, but caught eternally on tape. David S. Ware was known as a tenor saxophonist with a big, earthshaking sound of fragile beauty, but this time he took the ...

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Carn Davidson 9: Murphy

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The “Carn" in Carn Davidson 9 is trombonist William, the “Davidson" saxophonist Tara. They are Canadians, as are the other seven members of their Toronto-based ensemble. They are also first-class musicians, an assessment that applies as well to everyone in the Carn Davidson 9. This is apparently the second album by the nonet, which had been together for seven years when Murphywas recorded in 2017. This new enterprise encompasses eight original compositions, four each by Carn and ...

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David Stackenäs: Bricks

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Hailing from Sweden, David Stackenäs (Per Zanussi Ensemble, Lina Nyberg Band) may be one of the best lesser-known global guitarists out there. Active in jazz and experimental ensembles in Europe and beyond, the artist follows up his previous solo acoustic guitar outing Separator (2009, Found You) with a cunning and at times, mesmeric exposition. In the album notes, iconic guitarist Nels Cline extolls glowing praise via his detailed analysis of certain tracks and narratives concerning Stackenäs' striking technical gifts and ...