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Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras

Read "Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Nylon-string acoustic guitars don't crop up in jazz all that often, but when they do the results can be delightful. Below I discuss two very different albums which incorporate that distinctive sound. The Beauty of Differences Misfitme 2018 Jean Chaumont's album The Beauty of Differences bogs down in the middle in an unfortunate burst of worthy-mindedness but is otherwise entertaining and full of promise. Chaumont recorded the album for the ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: Wave Upon Wave

Read "Wave Upon Wave" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Wave upon wave of praise has followed the release of each one of guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg's leader dates--small group affairs that are typically built with equal parts energy and taste; Wave Upon Wave, balancing fire with heart, stealth movement with direct engagement, and power with grace, is likely to garner some more. The fleet-fingered Kreisberg focuses on originals here, shifting between the mellow ("Being Human") and the charged ("Until You Know"). And through it all, regardless of ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: ONE

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The liner notes may say no overdubs or loops were used, but Jonathan Kreisberg might just as easily have included that “No guitars were harmed in the making of ONE." Beyond work with artists like vibraphonist Joe Locke on Sticks and Strings (Music Eyes, 2007) and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith on Spiral (Palmetto, 2010), the guitarist has slowly built a personal discography that includes the particularly impressive The South of Everywhere (Mel Bay, 2007) and Shadowless (New for Now, 2011). ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: From Shadowless to One

Read "Jonathan Kreisberg: From Shadowless to One" reviewed by Marta Ramon

Jonathan Kreisberg has filled a gap in the international jazz scene. This New York-based guitarist started with both rock and classical music, but from the beginning he paid attention to his father's great jazz music collection. For Kreisberg, jazz is a pure music based on feelings. He says that he first experienced the creative part of music by ear until J.B Dyas, his teacher in the New World School of the Arts, showed him how jazz worked.His charismatic ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: Shadowless

Read "Shadowless" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Jonathan Kreisberg's music sounds so fresh and new that it seems to have escaped from a parallel universe through a virtual door--assaulting the senses in the known one--where everything else exists in brain-numbing manner. From the first notes he strikes, the guitarist creates a jolting spark, starting an accelerating fire that lights up the taut voices of Will Vinson's stormy saxophone, Matt Penman's palpitating bass, the shifting rhythms of drummer Mark Ferber...even rushing Henry Hey's otherwise pensive piano. For his ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: Shadowless

Read "Shadowless" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A nascent modern day guitar hero, Jonathan Kreisberg's sixth solo effort, Shadowless, glistens with multihued rays of light amid memorable material and technical brilliance. With his band generating solicitous support and soling mechanisms, the proceedings soar into the jazz cosmos on the sizzling “Twenty One." Kreisberg's broad chordal vernacular is heartily emphasized, as he trades fours and spars with saxophonist Will Vinson. Featuring buoyant and odd-metered unison runs, Kreisberg weaves in between the rhythm section's fluid underpinnings, ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: Shadowless

Read "Shadowless" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has gained a lot of visibility through his sideman work with organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, but his talents are occasionally downplayed in that role. When left to fend for himself, as on this eight song program, the full breadth and depth of his artistry is revealed. Kreisberg wanted to follow up his gentle, standards-only Night Songs (Criss Cross, 2009) with a more potent musical brew, and Shadowless easily fits the bill. Kreisberg kicks things ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: Shadowless

Read "Shadowless" reviewed by John Kelman

In a landscape populated by forty-something guitarists like Kurt Rosenwinkel and thirty-something six-stringers like Lage Lund, Jonathan Kreisberg stands alone. Sure, he's got the chops and linguistic sophistication of a group of peers who are the clear next step beyond the innovations of Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Bill Frisell , but what separates Kreisberg is his interest in expanding the sonic potential of his instrument; one of smaller subset of guitarists who approach the inherent orchestral nature of their ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: Unearthed

Read "Jonathan Kreisberg: Unearthed" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

The world of jazz guitar has long been filled with some of the most storied names in jazz history. Artists such as Charlie Christian, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny and John Scofield have all become recognized as some of jazz's greatest innovators and most prolific performers.In a day and age when it seems that jazz, and jazz guitar, has been through just about every transition, amalgamation and innovation possible, there are still new voices emerging to take ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: The South of Everywhere

Read "The South of Everywhere" reviewed by John Kelman

When thinking of younger guitarists making a difference, names that seem to crop up often are Rosenwinkel, Monder and Rogers. Undeniably fine guitarists all, but add Jonathan Kreisberg to that list. New for Now (Criss Cross, 2005), demonstrated Kreisberg's successfully transition from his early days as a prog-rocker and fusion-meister to modern mainstreamer, while Unearth (Mel Bay, 2005) made clear his imaginative compositional skills, blending cerebralism with a grounded, visceral edge. The South of Everywhere continues Kreisberg's evolution on a ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: The South Of Everywhere

Read "The South Of Everywhere" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg provides a lesson or two here, on his second date for Mel Bay Records. It's not all about chops or technique. He adds credence to that notion via thoughtful compositions and small ensemble-led arrangements that communicate his penchant for fusing power-packed dynamics with memorable melodies. Kreisberg is well-equipped in the technical domain. But it's more about quality and substance that underscores this largely exhilarating effort. With everyone's favorite session keyboardist Gary Versace manning ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: Unearth

Read "Unearth" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Two objective characteristics set Unearth apart from guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg's four previous releases. First, it's a quintet outing, as opposed to the trios that created his eponymous 1996 debut, Trioing (2000), Nine Stories Wide (2004) and New for Now (2005). Second, it's original material from start to finish, which yields a strangely contradictory effect. Kreisberg the musician subsumes himself into a larger group, leaving himself less exposed as a performer than he would be in a trio, but Kreisberg the ...


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