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New music from Lioness, Time Grove and Tom Rainey

Read "New music from Lioness, Time Grove and Tom Rainey" reviewed by Bob Osborne

To celebrate International Women's Day a new album from the sextet Lioness on Posi-Tone Records, also music from Time Grove, a new one from Tom Rainey trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock, a massive slice of excellent sounds created by David Torn. Tim Berne and Ches Smith as Sun of Goldfinger, three tunes from Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop project, and some immense improvisation from DKV Trio (Ken Vandermark. Ken Kessler, Hamid Drake) and the legendary Joe McPhee. Playlist Lioness “You ...

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Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Abundance

Read "Abundance" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Delve into Toronto-based drummer Ernesto Cervini's discography and you find an artist who seems to be trying to be a force for good in the world. His CD releases feature his Ernesto Cervini Quartet, MEM3, Myraid3, and Turboprop (and others, for he is prolific). His is a sound that brims with buoyancy, whether it's a trio outing or a sextet. Abundance is the Turboprop sextet's third outing. The group could be considered Cervini's nod to the Art Blakey ...

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Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Rev

Read "Rev" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Toronto-based septet Turboprop serves, in part, as an arrangement-expanding vehicle for  drummer/leader Ernesto Cervini. With his work in two ongoing, outstanding trio's--MEM3 and Myriad3--Cervini helps shape modernist jazz in the piano trio mode. Turboprop, with its three horn front line--two saxophones and a trombone--gets the chance to stretch his arranging chops, with Rev, the group's sophomore effort. Cervini is a guy who wears his joy on his sleeve. His approach--with Turboprop especially--is busy, orchestral. It is not ...

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Turboprop Buzzes British Columbia Hinterland

Read "Turboprop Buzzes British Columbia Hinterland" reviewed by Mark Holston

Turboprop The Arts Station Fernie, British Columbia March 17, 2015 Fernie, a small ski resort of 5,000 surrounded some of the most spectacular Alpine scenery in the Pacific Northwest, might seem like the last place on earth where world class jazz talent would be presented on a regular basis. Tucked away in the southeastern corner of British Columbia just an hour's drive north of the U.S. border, the town's historic downtown proudly reflects the rugged ...

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Ernesto Cervini: Turboprop

Read "Turboprop" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Toronto jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini presents his fourth album as leader with the high-flying Turboprop offering a sophisticated modern jazz sound in a ten-piece repertoire of originals and standard material from the likes of Charlie Parker and Keith Jarrett among others. A robust drummer with a forceful presence on the drums, Cervini's style is reminiscent of the great Art Blakey, Billy Higgins and to a much lesser degree, even drawing comparisons to the power style of fusion jazz drummer Billy ...

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Ernesto Cervini: Little Black Bird

Read "Little Black Bird" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Wit and wisdom are doled out in equal measure throughout many of drummer Ernesto Cervini's compositions. Whether he is writing a piece in honor of his grandmother ("Nonna Rosa") or musically reliving a bad bird-related experience on his honeymoon ("Little Black Bird"), his music always comes across as smart, with an occasional tongue-in-cheek element at play. On Little Black Bird, Cervini serves up eight of his own delectable musical dishes, along with his arrangement of Radiohead's “2 ...

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Ernesto Cervini Quartet: Little Black Bird

Read "Little Black Bird" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Ernesto Cervini has produced a gem of a record to closeout 2009. The music on Little Black Bird reveals the promise of a sophisticated intellect that is serious and funny, inventive, childlike and mature at once. Most of all, Cervini is unafraid of filling a blank musical canvas with waves of unusual harmonic color. He shows himself to be adept at genteel melody and constantly challenges himself rhythmically, as well. Although principally a percussionist, Cervini is also an astute pianist ...


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