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ALBUM REVIEW

JC Sanford Quartet: Keratoconus

Read "Keratoconus" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

A bubbling ostinato on trombone to the right. Treble register double-bass lines join in the middle. Muffled electric-guitar riffs imitate the same to the left--the guitar's dry tone seemingly hailing straight from a rustic 1960s Telecaster. Drums start banging ahead relentlessly; not in a constant motion though--they stop and go and stop and go, unsure whether what they're doing is allowed or not. They all decide it's fine, let's go ahead with it. This is rock and roll. It's rudimentary ...

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JC Sanford's Triocracy: Pyramid Scheme

Read "Pyramid Scheme" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Trombonist / composer JC Sanford leads an unconventional chamber trio with Andy Laster and Chris Bacas on saxophones and clarinets. As the group name implies, it is a remarkably flexible and democratic small ensemble. Sanford is the main composer, but there are also collective improvisations, guided improvisations, and a few surprising covers. “Rip Tide" opens the set with a series of urgent, ripping passages, which also partake of the danger and aggressiveness of an actual rip tide. “Everything ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

JC Sanford Orchestra: Views from the Inside

Read "JC Sanford Orchestra: Views from the Inside" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Views From The Inside is a study in contrasts and opposing forces. It's a work of compression and expansion, sonic saturation and sparsity, and consonance and dissonance. It's music that's alternately grandiloquent and direct, pointing to a place where high art and simple emotional expression aren't at odds with one another. In short, it's everything that's glorious and right about the state of the large ensemble in jazz. JC Sanford, the composer-conductor-trombonist at the helm of this ...

ALBUM REVIEW

J.C. Sanford Orchestra: Views from the Inside

Read "Views from the Inside" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As John Cleese used to intone on the groundbreaking Monty Python television series, ." . .and now for something completely different." Brooklyn-based composer / arranger J.C. Sanford's Views from the Inside are unlike any that more scrupulous big bands would choose to envision. That is not to say they are any less valid, only unique. It isn't often, for example (well, it isn't ever) that a big-band album opens with more than a minute of what sounds much like random ...

LIVE REVIEW

The JC Sanford Orchestra At Tea Lounge: Sound Matters

Read "The JC Sanford Orchestra At Tea Lounge: Sound Matters" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

JC Sanford OrchestraTea LoungeBrooklyn, NYSeptember 20, 2010 While Manhattan gets most of the ink when it comes to live jazz in New York, it isn't the only borough where exciting things are happening. Over the past few years, Brooklyn has become a hub of activity for creative music artistry and modern thinking musicians, and one need go no further than Tea Lounge to check out the burgeoning big band scene in Brooklyn.


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