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Album Review

Christian Pincock: Plentiful Excitement

Read "Plentiful Excitement" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Here's an unusual combination: valve trombone, piano, drums and tuba (no bass). The leader, Christian Pincock, was until recently a teacher at the University of New Mexico and member of the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, and Plentiful Excitement was recorded in Santa Fe shortly before he left New Mexico to explore greener pastures in the Great Northwest (Washington state, to be precise). Pincock is a splendid player, and there is excitement here, although “plentiful" is clearly a matter of opinion and ...

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Extended Analysis

Christian Pincock: Plentiful Excitement

Read "Christian  Pincock: Plentiful Excitement" reviewed by Dave Wayne


The late trombonist, composer, and educator Bob Brookmeyer's greatest gift to the world may well be the legion of wonderful musicians whom he mentored during his tenure at the New England Conservatory. A list of the more recent generation of Brookmeyer students read like a Whos' Who of 21st Century jazz: John Hollenbeck, Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, Matana Roberts and Ryan Truesdell, to name a few. Add to this select group Christian Pincock, a gifted improvisor and composer who, ...

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Album Review

Christian Pincock: Reflections of the City

Read "Reflections of the City" reviewed by Ty Cumbie


Tasty melodies, strong arrangements and capable blowing are the main assets of this 2004 recording by Christian Pincock's quintet. The trombonist leads a young but seasoned-sounding group with solid valve trombone work and a book of pleasant modern jazz tunes that range from gently crooning ballads to slow-boiling jams. Pincock is known by many as a sonically wisecracking synth player in various improv settings, so it was a pleasant surprise to learn of his prowess in the ...


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