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Dave Ballou & BeepHonk: The Windup

Read "The Windup" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Highly regarded trumpeter Dave Ballou and his band recorded this outing live at the Baltimore venue The Windup Space, where bassist Adam Hopkins organized weekly concerts in 2011. With its debut, the quartet combines briefly stated structural components with hearty doses of improvisation, featuring embryonic guitar hero, Washington D.C. native Anthony Pirog (Janel & Anthony, The Messthetics), as drummer Mike Kuhl handles the asymmetrical pulses and swelling breakouts. The album captures the musicians performing three extended works. Pirog's ...

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Dave Ballou: Regards

Read "Regards" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The best bands create collectively. You can tell when that's truly happening by their comfort in subtle comping--or in laying out altogether. Which is not to say they can't play with combined fire when it is called for. That's the key, and what you'll hear throughout trumpeter Dave Balllou's latest recorded adventure. In addition to being a fixture on the Big Apple jazz scene, a member of both Andrew Hill and Maria Schneider's large ensembles and the ...

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Dave Ballou: Volition

Read "Volition" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

In his liner notes to this, the second date as a leader from trumpeter Dave Ballou, writer Mark Gardner sagaciously mentions Tim Hagan, John Swana, and Tom Williams among the talented crew of trumpeters who emerged during the early ‘90s. Of course, Ballou also fits into this group and each of these four men have in common the fact that their names are not more widely known. Pushing the envelope much in the same way that Dave Douglas has been ...

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Dave Ballou: Amongst Ourselves

Read "Amongst Ourselves" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Free-Garde. Free Jazz and Avant-garde were the same evolutionary answer to Bebop that Bebop was to Swing. Both movements represented a loosening of the previous genre’s harmonic constraints, exploring the near accepted and the taboo. To our ears today, the sound of early Ornette Coleman’s (pre- Free Jazz ) Atlantic recordings does not sound so strange. Miles Davis’ great ‘60s quintet went a long way to opening the ears of a jazz listening public. It was these prodromal influences that ...

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Dave Ballou: Amongst Ourselves

Read "Amongst Ourselves" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Free-Garde. Free jazz and avant-garde styles were the same evolutionary answer to bebop that bebop was to swing. Both movements represented a loosening of the previous genre's harmonic constraints, exploring the near accepted and the taboo. To our ears today, the sound of early Ornette Coleman's (pre-Free Jazz) Atlantic recordings does not sound so strange. Miles Davis' great '60s quintet went a long way to opening the ears of a jazz listening public. It was these prodromal influences that make ...

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Dave Ballou: Amongst Ourselves

Read "Amongst Ourselves" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

While it may be unfair to the musicians involved to make comparisons to others, it often aids in better defining a chosen player's given point of departure. With that said, let it be known that trumpeter Dave Ballou is a remarkable new discovery whose playing falls in the same general orbit of such forward-thinking men as Tim Hagans and Dave Douglas. Ballou, a New England resident and jazz educator, has played with many name artists including Maria Schneider, Duke Robillard, ...


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