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Tom Chess: Momentarily Endless

Read "Momentarily Endless" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Oud performer Tom Chess and associates go for the gusto on this sterling quartet date recorded at different venues in New York. With asymmetrical doses of free-form and conventional improvisational tactics shadowing attractive themes and hooks, the band tethers jazz with Middle Eastern and North African motifs, immersed within a sparkling soundstage. Chess leads the group through a buoyant assortment of song-forms and occasionally treks into the avant-garde domain, as they sustain a high level of interest amid a suspenseful ...

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Tomchess & the Lovedogs: In The Beautiful Future

Read "In The Beautiful Future" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Tom Chess is an extraordinary musician who has traveled the world to study and perform with the best and brightest. He's also an accomplished jazz guitarist, having spent quality time with tenor saxophonists like Dewey Redman and Pharaoh Sanders. Residing in New York City, this band in particular was formed in 1999 for its band-members to culminate and integrate musical experiences into a medium that bespeaks worldly connotations.

Chess formulates a hybrid, world-music/jazz state of ...


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