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Bob Belden: Jazz Adventurer

Read "Bob Belden: Jazz Adventurer" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Bob Belden is a jazz renaissance man: a flutist and saxophonist who began his career with Woody Herman's big band. He's also a composer and arranger, who has orchestrated jazz treatments of Puccini's opera Turandot as well as the music of The Beatles, Sting and Prince. His pair of tributes to trumpeter Miles Davis--Miles from India (Times Square, 2008) and Miles Español: New Sketches From Spain (Entertainment One, 2011)- -are conceptually and sonically rich high points in a crowded discography ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Animation: Agemo

Read "Agemo" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

One of the more intriguing albums issued in the first half of 2011, Animation's Asiento (RareNoise, 2011), has now begotten one of the best sets of the latter part of the year. Asiento was a live reimagining of trumpeter Miles Davis' seminal Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970), recorded live in December 2006 as part of the Reissue: Classic Recordings Live series, at Merkin Hall in Manhattan. Agemo is itself a reimaging. This two-CD set is ...

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Bob Belden: Three Days of Rain

Read "Three Days of Rain" reviewed by David Miller

As usual, you can't judge a book by its cover. Bob Belden's original score for the film Three Days of Rain is, plain and simple, an excellent jazz album. There's no way of getting around it. Listen to it and you will be impressed. Sure, Belden's compositions may have been written for the express purpose of evoking the feelings of certain characters. But having never seen Three Days of Rain, I will approach Belden's music as jazz. ...

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Bob Belden: Black Dahlia

Read "Black Dahlia" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Black Dahlia, without a doubt, will be remembered as the most ambitious jazz recording of the year. Rather than a blowing session, influential though blowing sessions may be, Bob Belden's Black Dahlia is an extended story-telling, romantic and fatalistic suite that was three years in the making. In addition, over sixty musicians wre required to fill the symphony orchestra that accomplishes Belden's vision.When Belden's last grand project, a 1993 interpretation of the opera Turandot, was blocked by Giacomo ...

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Bob Belden: Black Dahlia

Read "Black Dahlia" reviewed by Craig Jolley

Black Dahlia comes off better felt than listened to. In the liner notes Bob Belden describes his programmatic suite as a portrait of a mysterious, romantic loner who lived out her brief life through movies in post-WWII Hollywood. He borrows “moody" techniques from 1940's film score writers and gives them a jazzy spin.

Miles Davis and Gil Evans serve as the primary jazz inspirations. The most prominent soloist, trumpeter Tim Hagans, evokes Miles' stark, blue sound with and without harmon ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Belden: Black Dahlia

Read "Black Dahlia" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Black Dahlia, without a doubt, will be remembered as the most ambitious jazz recording of the year. Rather than a blowing session, influential though blowing sessions may be, Bob Belden's Black Dahlia is an extended story-telling, romantic and fatalistic suite that was three years in the making. In addition, over sixty musicians wre required to fill the symphony orchestra that accomplishes Belden's vision.When Belden's last grand project, a 1993 interpretation of the opera Turandot, was blocked by Giacomo ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Belden: Black Dahlia

Read "Black Dahlia" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Black Dahlia, without a doubt, will be remembered as the most ambitious jazz recording of the year. Rather than a blowing session, influential though blowing sessions may be, Bob Belden's Black Dahlia is an extended story-telling, romantic and fatalistic suite that was three years in the making. In addition, over sixty musicians wre required to fill the symphony orchestra that accomplishes Belden's vision.When Belden's last grand project, a 1993 interpretation of the opera Turandot, was blocked by Giacomo ...


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