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Nick Finzer: Cast Of Characters

Read "Cast Of Characters" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Trombonist Nick Finzer's fifth album as a leader is a strong testament to his musical influences expressed by through-designed compositions and lively interplay. On Cast of Characters , the New York-based musician, composer and label owner has gathered all of his forces together to deliver a concentrated, conceptual exercise in arrangement and instrumentation, which lives off of the impeccable performances of the individual musicians as much as it does off of the compositional material at hand. Traditional swing-and ...

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Nick Finzer: Cast Of Characters

Read "Cast Of Characters" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A cryptic element lurks beneath trombonist Nick Finzer's Cast Of Characters. The theme of the album is artistic influences. But who are they... “We laugh, we cry, we celebrate, we learn, and we forge our own path on the shoulders of those who came before us. We are both the sum of our experience and the product of our influence. We are who we choose to embrace." This is from the spread out trifecta of liner notes in ...

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Nick Finzer: No Arrival

Read "No Arrival" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

To say a musician has arrived is to create the ultimate paradox. For in that notion is the suggestion of reaching the upper echelon in the art form, but also an indication of the end of a journey and the start of stagnation. With the true seeker and master musician, there is no arrival; there's merely the act of moving forward, and trombonist Nick Finzer is keenly aware of that. While he's certainly come into his own over the past ...

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Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

Read "Hear & Now" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based trombonist Nick Finzer has benefited from mentorships under trombone masters Wycliffe Gordon and Steve Turre; but his third CD release, Hear And Now also brings the original trombone master, J.J. Johnson to mind. One of Johnson's last CDs, the minor masterpiece, Heroes (Verve Records, 1995), featured a sextet configuration with an enormously-talented pianist, Rene Rosnes, in the mix. Hear & Now is a sextet outing with an up-and-coming, unlimited potential talent, Glenn Zaleski, sitting in front of the ...

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Nick Finzer: The Chase

Read "The Chase" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Trombonist Nick Finzer distinguishes himself as horn player, composer, and bandleader on this exciting sextet date. It's upbeat modern jazz just about all the way, aided by creative arranging. This is bop-based music, but Finzer avoids the trap of having all of the tunes follow the same head-solos-head format. There's plenty of solo space, but not everyone solos on every piece, or in the same order. This is a group of players who know each other very well, which can ...

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Nick Finzer: The Chase

Read "The Chase" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The trombone's gone through a few good times and a few bad times as a front-line jazz instrument. Thankfully, for all lovers of this particular horn, these times are good times. Nick Finzer is one of the players responsible, a trombonist and writer with flair and variety. The Chase, his second album, helps to ensure that the good times will stick around. Finzer's a member of Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, racking up a few million You Tube hits ...


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