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David Weiss & Point of Departure: Wake Up Call

Read "Wake Up Call" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Trumpeter David Weiss incorporates a heavy-duty guitar assault into this exhilarating program designed with a diverse track-list, comprised of originals by jazz luminaries Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, John McLaughlin and Tony Williams among others. The trumpeter's Point of Departure ensemble generates a neo-jazz fusion panorama, coupled with an emphatic integration of progressive jazz amid references to bop and a few excursions into the outside realm. Besides the triad of outstanding guitarists, Weiss yields a big payout from all-star saxophonists Myron ...

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The Cookers at Birdland

Read "The Cookers at Birdland" reviewed by Dorothy Johnson-Laird

The Cookers Birdland New York, NY September 17, 2016 On a warm night in New York City The Cookers took the stage. This appearance at Birdland marked the release of their latest CD, The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart (Smoke Session Records, 2016). Each member of the front line is a jazz stalwart, and leaders of their own bands. Billy Harper is old enough to have played with Art Blakey's Jazz ...

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David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard

Read "David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard" reviewed by David Weiss

Noted trumpeter, composer, and New Jazz Composers Octet founder, David Weiss shares several stories about his experience with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard. As told to David Kaufman. I met Freddie Hubbard soon after he damaged his lip. I guess what basically happened was he had a blister on his lip that popped and got infected. His doctor thought it might be cancer or something related so they did a biopsy. It came back negative and he thought he ...

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David Weiss: When Words Fail

Read "When Words Fail" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

"Where words fail, music speaks." Jana Herzen, head of Motema Music, shared this Hans Christian Anderson quote with David Weiss after the trumpeter had already titled his new record; the sentiment of that statement just happens to perfectly connect with this album. In 2013, loss seemed to hover around Weiss, his friends, and the jazz community at large. So, when faced with the cruel realities of life and death, Weiss did what any artist of great character ...

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David Weiss: In Celebration of Endangered Species

Read "David Weiss: In Celebration of Endangered Species" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

David Weiss and his mini big band of jazz chameleons are a ready example of how to concentrate at OCD levels to perfect musical things of beauty that stand the test of time, repeatedly. Many have focused a hell of a lot more than 10,000 hours to cultivate this sound, and some have overcome myriad adversities to present it. Playing the music of Wayne Shorter, in any way other than that of Wayne Shorter might burn a few eyebrows in ...

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David Weiss: Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter

Read "Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

A solid entry in the ongoing resurgence of focus on Wayne Shorter's music, David Weiss' Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter is immediately notable for the all-star cast that comprises the 12-piece ensemble and the fact that it was recorded live, enabling the group to interact freely and deliver a potent mix of precision and vibrant energy.Timed to coincide with Shorter's 80th birthday, the album samples music from the full range of Shorter's career, providing an overview ...

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David Weiss & Point Of Departure: Venture Inward

Read "Venture Inward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Fans of trumpeter David Weiss may be a bit confused when they take a look at this album. At quick glance, it reads like a re-tread of Weiss' Snuck In (Sunnyside, 2010), which has a near-identical line-up playing a near-identical program, but there's a good reason for that: both albums were actually recorded a day apart in completely different environments. Snuck In--and companion piece Snuck Out (Sunnyside, 2011)--capture Weiss' Point Of Departure band (mostly) live at New York's Jazz Standard ...


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