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Jason Palmer: The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella

Read "The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On March 18, 1990, two thieves went into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and made off with thirteen works of art, paintings and drawings by masters such as Rembrandt, Degas and Vermeer plus a couple of antique artifacts. To this day, the works have never been recovered and the museum still keeps the empty frames that held them on its walls. One day trumpeter Jason Palmer visited the museum and noticed the empty frames. He eventually learned the ...

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Jason Palmer: The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella

Read "The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella" reviewed by Doug Hall

As infamous as the 1990 heist of thirteen works of art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was, an approach to address the void has not been pursued artistically. Trumpeter Jason Palmer's release “The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella" has taken on the challenge of composing original interpretations of these paintings and several other fine art objects. Palmer describes his reaction to the vacant frames left on the wall at the Gardner as “empty forms." With the 30th anniversary of ...

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Jason Palmer: Rhyme And Reason

Read "Rhyme And Reason" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You may wish you had paid more attention in your high school chemistry class, because listening to Rhyme And Reason by trumpeter Jason Palmer calls to mind the description of the nucleus of an atom. Spinning and spinning, various protons and neutrons are both attracted and held off by each other. Same can be said of his quartet recorded live at the Jazz Gallery in 2018. Listeners need not venture to the subatomic level to experience the electron charge this ...

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Jason Palmer: Rhyme And Reason

Read "Rhyme And Reason" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Jazz albums without chordal instruments can sometimes sound arid. But that is decidedly not the case with Jason Palmer's Rhyme And Reason. The members of his quartet fit together organically, and the contrapuntal interplay between the trumpeter and his co-front man, tenorist Mark Turner, is remarkably tight. But the backline too is populated by a taut rhythm section comprising Matt Brewer on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. “Backline" is something of an understatement since both Brewer and Turner deliver ...

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Jason Palmer: Fair Weather

Read "Fair Weather" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Newvelle Records co-founder, the pianist Elan Mehler is familiar with one of Boston's few long-time, dedicated jazz clubs, Wally's. As he explains in the liner notes for Fair Weather, the club is where trumpeter and North Carolina native Jason Palmer was leading a band for nearly two decades. Palmer has played with leading talents such as Roy Haynes, Greg Osby, and Ravi Coltrane. A former student at the New England Conservatory, his debut on the vinyl-only Newvelle is his ninth ...

LIVE REVIEW

Sunday Jam with Jason Palmer at Wally's Cafe, Boston

Read "Sunday Jam with Jason Palmer at Wally's Cafe, Boston" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe

Open Jam with Jason PalmerWally's CafeBoston, MassachusettsOctober 18, 2009

It's New England, and a mixture of rain and snow falls on this October day. Beyond a red door lies a small, rectangular room. At the far end of the bar, a TV is tuned to the game. But you don't come here for the game. You come here for the music. This is Wally's Cafe. A place with a long-standing tradition of ...

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Jason Palmer: Songbook

Read "Songbook" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Trumpeter and composer Jason Palmer cares intensely about jazz and his place within its musical world. He's working hard to find his own voice, and represents one of the young players who has gone through the mentoring process, in this case, with saxophonist Greg Osby. Songbook's pieces are all written by Palmer, and played by Osby (alto saxophone), Ravi Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Warren Wolfe (vibes), Leo Genovese (piano, Fender Rhodes), Matt Brewer (bass) and Tommy Crane (drums). ...


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