Articles by Phillip Woolever

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Emanuel Casablanca: It's Getting Strange

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Emanuel Casablanca is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn who displays a classic sense of experience that belies his relatively young age while invoking prime characteristics of iconic blues and soul artists. The result is a solid album that carries more down-home southern-based traits than a metropolitan-manufactured product. The basic sophistication of the smoothly developed opener, “It's Getting Strange," provides a good introduction to his talent as Casablanca shows he can hit the high notes, low register and points in ...

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Word Against the Machine

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Word Against the Machine Jane Grenier 80 Pages ISBN: # 9781513651996 Self Published 2019 It can be very rewarding to read the work of an author who's clearly passionate about their subject matter. That's obviously the case with this multi-media project by Jane “Spoken Word" Grenier. Considering the vital state of current global events, more of this type artistic statement should to be added to the cultural conversation. Grenier tackles a ...

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Esbjörn Svensson Trio: e.s.t. live in Gothenburg

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More than a decade after a tragic diving accident ended Swedish pianist Esbjorn Svensson's life and thus dissolved his renowned trio, the group remains a potent force in the world of popular jazz recordings. This digital document from a 2001 concert in Gothenburg seems certain to perpetuate that legacy. While much of this album is comprised of fairly standard piano-based aesthetics, the remarkable skills displayed by Svensson, drummer Magnus Ostrom and bassist Dan Berglund, in technical prowess and ...

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Die Parzäros: La Cachaca

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Die Parzäros is a Colombian trio currently based in Cologne after studying music in Germany. This album serves as a positive introduction to the band's Latin-based jazz-rock sound and, while the band is already noteworthy, indicates the likelihood of them reaching even higher levels in the future. The trio consists of guitarist and principal composer Juan-Pablo Gonzalez-Tobon, bassist Joan Chavez and drummer Luis-Javier Londono, who adds to the action with an untypical kit creating rapid-fire conga or tumba type percussion ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Avishai Cohen Trio at Tonhalle Dusseldorf

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Avishai Cohen Trio Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Germany December 6, 2019 Avishai Cohen is embarking on a global birthday tour next year, including many dates with this current trio formation of long time drummer and fellow Israeli Noam David and pianist Elchin Shirinov from Azerbaijan. Considering that the group started presenting most of the album Arvoles (Razdaz Recordz 2019) recently, this was probably a prime time to catch them in terms of both well-honed repertoire ...

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon at Cologne Philharmonie

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon Cologne Philharmonie Cologne, Germany November 22, 2019 As the sprawling local Christmas markets prepared for a holiday tourist onslaught, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon presented masterful skills transcending any singular celebration. The concert was part of the trio's celebratory 20-year anniversary tour and there was indeed much to cheer. Moran made a few humorously accurate observations about the musicians gaining both instinctual familiarity and unpredictable quirks that were apparent ...

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Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights: VII

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Back in 1995, an executive named Carl Griffin at Ramsey Lewis' record label reportedly conceived the idea of forming a jazz “super group" around the well-established Chicago pianist. The resulting all-star project, deemed Urban Knights, featured Grover Washington Jr. and a rhythm section with Omar Hakim and bassist Victor Bailey, who'd worked together in the early '80s lineup of Weather Report. On five subsequent albums over the next quarter century, a rotating Urban Knights cast has showcased famous players and ...


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