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AGNZ: Chance Meeting

Read "Chance Meeting" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before proceeding, a word about the name of this admirable quartet: AGNZ (jazz from A to Z?) comprises the first letter in the last names of its four members--guitarist Jay Azzolina, tenor saxophonist Dino Govoni, drummer Adam Nussbaum and bassist Dave Zinno. It further denotes, presumably, a certain level of parity, a selflessness and camaraderie among equals in which the sum of their efforts is always more decisive than its component parts. Chance Meeting, the group's first ...

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The Jay Azzolina Trio: Live at One Station Plaza

Read "Live at One Station Plaza" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Best known for his stint with jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra, guitarist Jay Azzolina has recently taken a welcome tangent into the jazz mainstream, with last year's overlooked Past Tense --a crisp, snappy jazz workout featuring Chris Potter's fiery tenor sax and John Patitucci on bass--and now fronting a B-3 organ (Gary Versace) and drums(Adam Nussbaum) on Live at One Station Plaza This set has a very different feel to it than the previous CD, with the cool ...

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Jay Azzolina: Past Tense

Read "Past Tense" reviewed by David Adler

Known for his pop-fusion work with Spyro Gyra, Michael Franks, and others, guitarist Jay Azzolina steps into the straight-ahead jazz arena with this record. The lineup is heavy: Chris Potter on sax, Charles Blenzig on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums. Fleet-fingered lines and burning swing abound on “Ben Hur, Ben Him" and “Rhythms Change." Darker, more delicate sounds emerge from “The Totem" and “Black Waltz." “Inside Pies Eyes" and “Marvelous Marvin" recall the pared-down trio ...

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Jay Azzolina: Past Tense

Read "Past Tense" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jay Azzolina proves there are second acts in American culture. The onetime guitarist for Sypro Gyra (read on it gets better), Jeff Beal, Herbie Mann, Chuck Mangione, and Fred Hersch cast-off his fusion demons for an acoustic-accompanied outing. Sure I had my doubts, but as soon as the opener, “Ben Hur, Ben Him,” begins he’s all hollow-body guitar swing. From Wes Montgomery to John Scofield’s sound, Azzolina plots a course to erase any thoughts of fusion.

He gets plenty of ...


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