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Paul Dietrich Jazz Ensemble (featuring Clarence Penn): Forward

Read "Forward" reviewed by Troy Dostert

There's something to be said for acknowledging one's artistic debts. It's a trait especially prominent in jazz, where musicians paying tribute to their forebears is commonplace, a way to sustain the tradition and recognize its continual evolution. Trumpeter and composer Paul Dietrich has certainly done that with the debut recording from his large ensemble, Forward. Although not formally an homage to Maria Schneider, it's pretty close, particularly as Schneider's go-to drummer, Clarence Penn, is given “featured" recognition, something Dietrich explains ...

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Paul Dietrich: We Always Get There

Read "We Always Get There" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Chicago based trumpeter and composer Paul Dietrich's debut album We Always Get There is a vibrant and explorative work of modern music that inhabits the border zone between the mainstream and the Avant-Garde. The record's intricately constructed originals, with dramatic ambiences, are provocative while remaining intensely melodic, simultaneously accessible and pleasantly challenging.The intimate theme of “House On Willard" undulates within the tune's intriguing harmonic framework. Saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi's lyrical, serpentine improvisation ebbs and flows with a melancholic touch. ...