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Jazz Articles

LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Eleanor Friedberger, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Weaves & Cavern Of Anti-Matter

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Eleanor Friedberger Academy 3 September 6, 2016 She's on tour, all the way from upstate New York (economically hounded out of Brooklyn only recently), and surely slightly disappointed by the meagre turn-out in the Academy's smallest room. How many here? Perhaps somewhere between 20 and 30, but all looking like ardent fans of Eleanor Friedberger, one of rock'n'roll's more individualist talents. Well, perhaps her solo material isn't so determinedly strange, restless and unpredictable as ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Moynihan Quartet: Chronicles

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Tucson, Arizona is not the first place most people associate with jazz. But it's where saxophonist Michael Moynihan grew up, and the setting for his debut album Chronicles. He says “I try to incorporate the settings as an integral part of the music on Chronicles, and have selected all musicians who are based in Tucson or from there. The album was also recorded and mixed in the Old Pueblo." Having never been to Tucson, I can't say how well this ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Chuck Hammer: Blind On Blind

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Award-winning composer, guitarist, recording artist and producer Chuck Hammer has been an active influence on the progressive music scene since the mid-1970's, working with Laurie Anderson, David Bowie and Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, and Lou Reed, with whose band he recorded and toured globally for several years. An early adopter of the Roland guitar synthesizer, Hammer has been a leading innovator on the edge of the rapidly evolving technology of sound production and engineering. While working with Reed, Hammer was ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Yoni Kretzmer / Jason Ajemian / Kevin Shea: Until Your Throat Is Dry

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Israeli-born, NYC-based tenor saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer convenes a co-operative trio on Until Your Throat Is Dry, released on his own OutNow imprint. Completing the line up are drummer Kevin Shea, best known for his role in the stylistically promiscuous Mostly Other People Do The Killing and the anarchic Talibam!, and bassist Jason Ajemian, from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra and Chicago Underground Trio. Across four collective constructs their modus operandi touches on both free jazz and free improv, shifting organically ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Redwood City Salsa Festival 2016

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Downtown Redwood City Redwood City Salsa Festival Redwood City, CA September 24, 2016 The 9th annual Redwood City Salsa Festival held at the downtown civic center was packed with families, friends, and salsa music lovers from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. High temperatures approaching 100 degrees at the RCSF were only exceeded by the higher energy levels of the dancers who packed the main Courthouse Square, and the smaller Reggae and Latin Jazz ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

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They don't call Bobby Rush the King of the Chitlin' Circuit for nothing. With an extraordinary discography, and legendary status as an enthusiastic live performer, Rush was recognized in 2015 with a fifty year, retrospective box set, titled “Chicken Heads," by Omnivore Recordings. Returning to his home state of Louisiana, and recorded in New Orleans, the octogenarian singer stays true to his southern funky blues style on Porcupine Meat, his debut release for Rounder Records. Rush is also ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kayle Brecher: This is Life

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Kayle Brecher is in the lineage of jazz singers like Sheila Jordan and Lisa Sokolov who use their voices as a serpentine instrument that slides through and around melodies as deftly as any jazz instrumentalist. On this CD she does her thing on a number of jazz standards, improvisations and original songs.She performs in a variety of instrumental settings. On “Not Alone," “Moon Dreams," and “ African Dream" she works with a simple accompaniment of guitar, bass and ...

ANATOMY OF A STANDARD

Prelude to a Kiss by Duke Ellington

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Last month's initial installment of this column opened with an introduction to the concept of analyzing jazz standards for the purpose of adding to our understanding about the structure and elements of great songs having enduring qualities. I did not feel it required mentioning that a song's final structure and the process of songwriting were completely different viewpoints. One purview implies looking back at a final product of art and the other requires looking ahead at a blank page of ...


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