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Jazz Articles

TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Barbara Dennerlein

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Music is wondrously implausible, an invisible art form that is arguably best appreciated with your eyes shut. Yet it is equally true that live music, like great sporting events, has the capacity to trigger powerful emotional responses, focus people on the present, and unite a disparate crowd around a shared experience happening on stage. Each approach has its own charm, and occasionally you can shut your eyes during a concert to have the best of both worlds. Showmanship ...

INTERVIEWS

Marina Albero: The Sweetness of the Edge

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Marina Albero burst onto the Seattle jazz scene in April of 2014, playing a brilliant set on vibraphone in a duo with flamenco jazz master, pianist Chano Dominguez. That evening we were not only introduced to her music, but to our new neighbor, as she was moving her family to Seattle from jny: Barcelona. Since that time she has energized the scene with her quartet, and in duo and solo piano performance. Her style reflects her musical journey that began ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Les Rhinoceros: Les Rhincéros III

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Les Rhinocéros is one of the most engaging anomalies to come out of underground legend John Zorn's forever expanding circle in a long time. The trio of Michael Coltun (basses, electronics, and anything else he can get his hands on), Amit Peled (guitars, ditto), and Jonathan Burrier (drums & percussion) has been destroying and artfully rebuilding audiences since 2010. So impressed was Zorn by their forthright mash-up of everything from math rock and noise to thrash metal and reggae that ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Shrieve: Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder

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Despite a varied series of projects, prolific master drummer Michael Shrieve has maintained a comparatively low profile since his days as a member of the original Santana band. But with the reunion of that ensemble, the time's certainly right for him to step directly into the limelight with Spellbinder, which, even it doesn't exhibit the same deep-rooted fire and ingenuity of Shrieve's higher-profile ensemble, is almost as challenging as it is accessible. As great a name as is ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder: Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder

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Drummer Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder is not your garden variety group. It's a beast of band that slams, seduces, grooves, jams, and rocks in high gear. Should we expect anything less from the rhythmic motor behind Santana? While Shrieve is best known as the driving force behind that legendary outfit, both in its original Woodstock-era state and in its current reunited form, he's put his drums to good use in a variety of other contexts over the years. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Lanois: Goodbye to Language

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Consistently imaginative, producer, guitarist and sonic explorer Daniel Lanois has long been hailed not only as a studio wizard but as a gifted musician with a definite and unabashed affinity for experimentation and the avant-garde. Lanois is lauded for many things and among those is his uncanny ability to create wonderful music and ambiances from minimal sonic elements. Goodbye to Language is a deeply beautiful record that redefines the word meditative and shimmers with breathtaking passages of unhurried, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andreas Willers / Urs Leimgruber: Pale White Shout

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Guitarist Andreas Willers (Germany) and saxophonist Urs Leimgruber (Switzerland) are among Europe's most prominent improvisers and free-thinkers. On this outing their experimental metrics are quite rangy and focused, offering the antithesis to a madcap free-form blowing session. The duo alternates between controlled thematic buildups and subdued encounters with polytonal dialogues along with certain parts that elicit notions of exotic birds communicating in a tropical rain forest. Add some bizarre tirades and coiled flurries --abetted by Willers' wily electric guitar effects ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Peter Gabriel and Sting at the Pepsi Center

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Peter Gabriel/Sting Pepsi Center Denver, CO July 12, 2016 The field of mergers and acquisitions has been a profitable one for many capitalists over the last few decades. Indeed, profit is the driving force behind these transactions. Occasionally you'll hear some mumbling about economic efficiencies and synergies, but mainly it's about profits. Especially for the consultants reaping handsome fees from these endeavors. But a merger for art's sake? That doesn't seem very Wall ...


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