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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Cross Band: Sign of the Crow

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The David Cross Band lets you know you're in for something picturesque right away with Sign of the Crow. The title suggests something portentous while the cover is pure Stephen King. It may suggest a quiet and gloomy listen, but if you know the violinist from his time in early-'70s King Crimson or the genre-spanning collaborations he's done since, you know he's just as capable of cranking it up to the rafters. On this album volume and intensity are the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miroslav Vitous: Music of Weather Report

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Bassist Miroslav Vitous was a founding member of Weather Report, making him one of the architects of the highly improvisational approach taken by the original band. On his earlier album Remembering Weather Report (ECM, 2009) he evoked the spirit of the old band and its collective improvisational style (characterized by keyboardist Joe Zawinul as “No one solos, everyone solos"). This time he works directly with Weather Report repertoire (plus a few brief new compositions). Both the instrumentation and the stylistic ...

PROFILES

Claude Nobs: We All Came Out To Montreux...

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Montreux Jazz Festival is fifty. It's a significant milestone and cause for celebration. No doubt there will be an added festive element to this year's edition of the festival, founded by Claude Nobs--along with pianist Géo Voumard and writer René Langel--in 1967. Yet for many, the celebrations will be tinged with sadness due to the absence of Nobs, who died in a skiing accident in 2013. Nobs may have passed, but his legend, his spirit, lives on, in the festival ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ

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Miles Electric Band SFJAZZ CenterSan Francisco, CA June 11, 2016 Since his death in 1991, one month after his final performance at the Hollywood Bowl, there has been a vacancy in the jazz trumpet chair. While many have risen as stars on the instrument, no one has quite matched Miles Davis. Davis's bands brought many of today's most successful and best known performers to public prominence: Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Miles Electric Band: Bitches Brew To Tutu At SFJAZZ

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Miles Electric Band SFJAZZ Center Bitches Brew To Tutu San Francisco, CA June 11, 2016 As part of the expansive 34th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, the cordial staff at SFJAZZ presented the outstanding Miles Electric Band in the spacious Miner Auditorium. Vincent Wilburn Jr., drummer and nephew of the acclaimed Miles Davis, lead the Miles Electric band in celebration of the music and spirit of “The Chief." The capacity crowd was ...

SPIRIT OF '76

Weather Report Goes to the "Black Market" and Finds a Superstar

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As Weather Report returned to the studio to cut their next album the band was yet again in flux. Gone from 1975's Tale Spinnin' line up were percussionist Alyrio Lima and drummer Ndugu Leon Chancler. Zawinul explained the latest comings-and-goings in a 1976 interview, “We're always happy with the group, because if we're not happy, we change it. There are a lot of musicians out there in the world. All the people who have played with us are ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Anderson Ponty Band at the Boulder Theater

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Anderson Ponty Band Boulder Theater Boulder, CO May 4, 2016 Some collaborations are inevitable; Ella and Louie, Tedeschi and Trucks, peanut butter and chocolate. Others are not so obvious; Plant and Krause, Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson, pineapple and pizza (OK, maybe some people will disagree on that last one). Sometimes these seemingly unlikely pairings can be even more fun than the obvious ones because of unanticipated and serendipitous results. The Anderson ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lyle Mays Quartet: The Ludwigsburg Concert

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Intentionally or not, keyboardist Lyle Mays seems to maintain a public profile that's lower than low. His most famous engagement is his tenure in a group named for someone else (The Pat Metheny Group), and The Ludwigsburg Concert is only his sixth solo release since his eponymous solo debut for Warner Bros. Jazz in 1985, and his first since Solo: Improvisations for Extended Piano for Warner Bros. in 2000. (Mays does appear in the Metheny Group for The Way Up ...


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