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Matt Kane: The Other Side of the Story

Read "The Other Side of the Story" reviewed by Don Phipps

Composer and drummer Matt Kane can write tunes. The Other Side of the Story is loaded with head-nodding musical episodes and pastoral, day-dream ballads. The compositions (all written by Kane) have a Joe Zawinul / Wayne Shorter feel to them, but Kane's own masterful voice is clearly evident in the music. Kane's bandmates contribute mightily to the success of the album. With the lighting speed of an Usain Bolt, Peter Schlamb's chromatic vibraphone solos feature pirouettes and daredevil ...

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Matt Kane: Acknowledgement

Read "Acknowledgement" reviewed by Don Phipps

A hard-charging affair interlaced with charm, Matt Kane's Acknowledgement, surely stands as an homage to some of the jazz giants associated with jny: Kansas City. Three of the compositions were penned by Bobby Watson, who presently calls Kansas City home [and is Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri--Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music], three by Lee Summit, MO's gifted guitar wunderkind Pat Metheny, and three more by the late (and woefully neglected) Ahmad Alaadeen, a long-time performer ...


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