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New albums focus with Koo, Baron, Ramu, Lund and Cornelius

Read "New albums focus with Koo, Baron, Ramu, Lund and Cornelius" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a focus on five brand new albums from across the wide world of jazz including the exciting new release from Patrick Cornelius. Playlist Alex Koo, Mark Turner, Ralph Alessi “Ghost Parade" from Appleblueseagreen (Alex Koo) 00:00 Joey Baron, Bram de Looze, Robin Verheyen “Boo Boo's Birthday" from Mix Monk (Universal Music) 08:01 Kalya Ramu “Little One" from Living In A Dream (Kalya Ramu) 14:43 Lage Lund “Hard Eights" from Terrible Animals (Criss Cross) 18:26 Patrick Cornelius ...

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Patrick Cornelius: This Should Be Fun

Read "This Should Be Fun" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

This Should Be Fun occupies middle ground between the various modes of experimentation that infuse present-day jazz, and a fealty to traditional practices. Alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius and an exceptional band of peers haven't completely abandoned twentieth century jazz orthodoxy, yet their work doesn't flaunt or reference specific, easily recognizable influences. If you're looking for song quotes in the midst of solos, wish to explore the relation of Cornelius' compositions to those by canonized composers, or need to match the ...

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Patrick Cornelius: While We’re Still Young

Read "While We’re Still Young" reviewed by Roger Farbey

An alumnus of Berklee School of Music, saxophonist Patrick Cornelius has now released his sixth album containing a very fine suite of his own compositions, inspired by the poetry of A.A. Milne, the British children's author of When We Were Very Young. A brief horn introduction, reminiscent of the slow movement in Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 opens “Sand Between The Toes," rapidly ensued by a lively full ensemble section, and solos by Gerald Clayton on piano, Patrick Cornelius on alto ...

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Patrick Cornelius: Infinite Blue

Read "Infinite Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran New York saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius delivers his fourth album as leader with Infinite Blue, a gem of a recording that sparkles with an A-list of players interpreting eight new originals and one cover tune in one audacious session of music. Not really an unusual feat for this three-time winner of the ASCAP Young Composer Award (2005-2007), the music on this album features a variety of hard bop elements as well as intricate tender ballads providing a fair ...

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Patrick Cornelius: Maybe Steps

Read "Maybe Steps" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Fierce (Whirlwind, 2010) found alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius in fine, feisty form, as he worked through his own winning compositions in a piano-less trio with occasional guests format, but he's following a more reflective line of musical thought with a stellar quintet on Maybe Steps. This album is a mostly-original set of music with pensive pieces aplenty, and provides a better-rounded picture of the leader's talents. Cornelius may have basically been in battle mode for Fierce, but he disarms on ...

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Patrick Cornelius: Maybe Steps

Read "Maybe Steps" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Maybe Steps is alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius' third album, and his first for the excellent Los Angeles-based Posi-Tone Records. He's joined by the talented rhythm section of pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Kendrick Scott in a graceful and melodically strong performance, mostly of his original tunes. Cornelius' compositions swing gracefully, with seemingly effortless ease on the part of all of the musicians. “Maybe Steps" typifies this relaxed groove; the tune also appears on Cornelius' ...

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Patrick Cornelius: Maybe Steps

Read "Maybe Steps" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

With the talent to convey thought-provoking stories through his music, Patrick Cornelius pens a fresh chapter of personal and emotive composition in Maybe Steps, his third release as a leader. The recording follows the alto saxophonist's well-received debut, Lucid Dream (Self Produced, 2006) and the more groove-oriented Fierce (Whirlwind Recordings Ltd., 2010), both filled with robust writing, tight musicianship, and distinction. The mode here is modern mainstream, but what gives the recording its verve is Cornelius' intricate ...


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