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Cory Weeds, Mugrew Miller, Artie Shaw & More

Read "Cory Weeds, Mugrew Miller, Artie Shaw & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the prowess of, This week we open Neon Jazz with a tribute to Rashied Ali, courtesy of Dutch bassist Joris Teepe. We then move on to sample some tasty new tracks by the Pete Coco Trio, Angela Verbrugge and the incredible Cory Weeds. In between, the show is full of legends from Artie Shaw to Toots Thielemans. As we get towards the end of the show, we hear from Montana-based jazz musician Erica von Kleist and the ...

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Joris Teepe: In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali

Read "In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Taking Elvin Jones' vaunted place in John Coltrane's eternal journey beyond the expected, Rashied Ali's mutable, intuitively malleable sense of time, at once both visceral and disembodied, propelled the saxophonist further into his explorations of music as a free, transcendent, spiritual entity. Although he continued to innovate with Alice Coltrane and Archie Shepp and influence musicians down the generations, Ali stepped outside the spotlight after Coltrane's death in 1967. Active in the '70s, Ali founded his own record label and ...

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Joris Teepe: In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali

Read "In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In politics, as well as music, the revolutionaries rarely govern. With the exceptions of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Marion Brown, and Rashied Ali exemplify this theory. Thankfully, those fighting in the trenches alongside the insurgents, like Joris Teepe, are determined to keep their memory and spirit alive. The Dutch-born New York bassist performed and recorded with Rashied Ali for nine years until the drummer's death in 2009. This project preserves that relationship and is a ...

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Joris Teepe & Don Braden: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In life we tend to make hard distinctions between the value of conversation and the worth of action, crystalizing such a dividing line with statements like “talk is cheap" and “actions speak louder than words." Jazz, however, has a way of relating the two. When musicians get together to play, the talk is the action. Every opportunity to play with others is a chance to open the lines of communication, and albums like this remind us that the deeper the ...

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The New York Comes to Groningen Art Ensemble: A Beautiful Friendship

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The New York Comes to Groningen Art EnsembleA Beautiful Friendship: New York Comes to Groningen, Volume 2Prince Claus Conservatory2012 In addition to his active schedule performing in a wide range of jazz contexts on both sides of the Atlantic, bassist Joris Teepe has been director of Jazz Studies for more than a decade at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in the Dutch city of Groningen. In fact, it was Teepe's brainstorm that spawned ...

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Joris Teepe Trio: New York, NY, July 19, 2012

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Joris Teepe Trio, with special guest Dave StrykerSmall's Jazz ClubNew York, NYJuly 19, 2012We wouldn't expect bassist/composer Joris Teepe to bring along a big band, symphony orchestra, and a chorus of a hundred voices with him to a gig at Small's Jazz Club. While there's no doubt that Small's is a prominent venue on the New York City jazz landscape, it's certainly not the largest. But this didn't deter Teepe from showcasing a selection from ...

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Joris Teepe: We Take No Prisoners

Read "We Take No Prisoners" reviewed by Ken Dryden

A native of The Netherlands, bassist Joris Teepe has long since established himself as a jazzperformer and educator in New England, though he does return to his homeland to teach and perform on occasion while most of his recordings have been for European labels. Teepe's big band evolved from music he was commissioned to write for the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, which his quartet joined for a concert. Following a guest appearance with the Radio Big Band in Bucharest, Teepe ...

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Joris Teepe's Groningen Art Ensemble: Jazz In Jazz Out

Read "Jazz In Jazz Out" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Jazz In Jazz Out, an album of fresh and varied music, encompasses different styles and colors, blending mainstream, funk, straight-ahead and classical genres in one interesting set. The Groningen Art Ensemble is led by the internationally renowned composer/bassist Joris Teepe, chairman of the Jazz Department at the Prince Claus Conservatoire at the Hanze University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The underlying theme and title of the first track, “New York Comes to Groningen," a Teepe composition, stems from the fact that ...

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Joris Teepe: Going Dutch

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Dutch-born, New York-based bassist Joris Teepe's got a great band for his seventh album, Going Dutch, and it's a considerable pleasure to listen to Teepe, drummer Gene Jackson, pianist George Colligan, saxophonist Don Braden, and trumpeter Randy Brecker interact. The program of seven Teepe originals and two covers gives the quintet plenty of room to stretch out and play luxurious, swinging post bop.Yet this is far from a blowing session. In addition to being an impeccable bassist with ...

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Joris Teepe: For Adults Only

Read "For Adults Only" reviewed by David Adler

With For Adults Only, Dutch bassist Joris Teepe adds to the steady flow of strong live albums being recorded at Smalls in New York. Enlisting David Hazeltine on piano, Bruce Cox on drums, and a killer frontline in Don Braden and Chris Potter, Teepe offers a batch of originals and standards with some provocative twists. The band sets Strayhorn’s “Chelsea Bridge" to a mid-tempo, “Killer Joe"-type groove with tight ensemble hits on the melody. Hazeltine and Teepe share the spotlight ...

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Joris Teepe Quintet: For Adults Only

Read "For Adults Only" reviewed by Jim Santella

The album’s title comes from Joris Teepe’s title track. “For Adults Only," a serious hard bop anthem, drives the listener through a strenuous tenor battle by the quintet’s two-saxophone front line. It’s a unique sound, and the propulsion from this rhythm section makes it work. Don Braden and Chris Potter have distinct saxophone voices, making it easier for the listener to identify each. Their conversation closes out “For Adults Only," as the duel turns into a riot. Similarly, Freddie Hubbard’s ...

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Joris Teepe: For Adults Only

Read "For Adults Only" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Dutch-born bassist Joris Teepe lined up some of the most impressive young talent in New York for his debut release on the newly revived Postcards label. Recorded live at Small's, the late-night musicians' hangout in Greenwich Village, the album captures Teepe and a formidable front line of saxophonists Don Braden and Chris Potter, along with in-demand pianist David Hazeltine and drummer Bruce Cox, in a spirited set of up-to-the-minute New York jazz.

Teepe - a former student of Ron Carter ...