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New York Nights At Birdland Theater And Mezzrow

Read "New York Nights At Birdland Theater And Mezzrow" reviewed by Martin McFie

On West 44th street in midtown Manhattan, Johnny Valenti recently inaugurated the new Birdland Theater, which has been built downstairs, below his Birdland club. The seating is arranged with two chairs at each round table, the rearmost of which are high tops, ensuring a clear view of the well lit stage from every table in the room. The sound system is crystal clear and sharp completing this top quality live jazz venue which is decorated in hotel chic style.

ALBUM REVIEW

Ari Roland: And so I lived in old New York

Read "And so I lived in old New York" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

The great thing about listening to Ari Roland's And So I Lived in Old New York... is that it provides insight into the creative process and the way that simpatico among artists helps to form the final result. There are seven tunes on the disc, four of which are improvisations. Atypical titles like “Smile of the Swamp Thing and “Under the Salt of Stars exemplify the spirit of the band. Roland has played with saxman Chris Byars, pianist Sacha Perry ...

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Ari Roland: Sketches From A Bassist's Album

Read "Sketches From A Bassist's Album" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Bassist Ari Roland makes a declarative statement at the top of Sketches From A Bassist's Album. His bowed solo near the beginning of “The Lion of Yerevan establishes that his leadership will consist of more than metronomic background timekeeping. Sketches is mostly comprised of Roland's diverse originals, with a couple of standards included for balance; a recent gig before an intimate, rain-soaked gathering at his home base, Smalls, followed the same pattern. (The only departure was that there was a ...

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Ari Roland: Sketches from a Bassist's Album

Read "Sketches from a Bassist's Album" reviewed by Jim Santella

Any session led by a double-bassist has to have pizzazz to work. Ari Roland proves this axiom true as he solos with authority, walks the bass for a confident rhythmic foundation, and encourages his sidemen to turn it loose. From New York, just over thirty, and a standard fixture at Smalls, Roland finds it easy to communicate with other straight-ahead musicians and his audience. It's natural. He speaks through his instrument. With his quartet, he explores melodies that present a ...


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