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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vasil Hadzimanov Band featuring David Binney: Alive

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Critical to the success of this live album by the VHB is the fact that this band is, at its core, a working band. If you have seen VHB live, you will recognize that this album faithfully relays both the showmanship and ingenious punch of this unit. Obviously, this installment of the VHB is a highly maneuverable vessel that is capable of executing a multitude of ideas, be it electronica, African, free jazz or rock ideas. The stage is the ...

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Take Five with Michael Joseph Harris

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About Michael Joseph Harris Michael Joseph Harris began playing guitar at age 12. At 16 he won accolades as a jazz guitarist with the Downbeat Magazine award-winning Chantilly High Jazz Band. He studied with guitarist Rick Whitehead during high school and Jack Petersen at North Texas State University. Soon after, as a young guitarist in Washington, D.C., he played with popular Latin Jazz group Bossalingo. Harris moved to jny: Baltimore in 2006 and became a father in 2008. In ...

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Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble: Motown Meets Jazz at the Annenberg Center

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Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble Annenberg Center: Harold Prince Theater Motown Meets Jazz Philadelphia, PA December 11, 2015 Philadelphia-based Lifeline Music Coalition has for over a decade sponsored jazz events which are eclectic in taste and attract fans by making the music listenable and providing enjoyable atmospherics. Thus it has been with their Philadelphia Jazz and Poetry Festival, West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival, Woodmere Art Museum Jazz Series, and Philadelphia United Jazz Festival. ...

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Philadelphia United Jazz Festival 2015

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Philadelphia United Jazz Festival Broad and South Street Philadelphia, PA September 14, 2015 If this review reads more like an op-ed piece than a detailed concert review, circumstances made it happen that way and enthusiasm created it. On the run, after grabbing a cannoli and a double espresso in the Italian Market, this reviewer had only just enough time to stop by at the Philadelphia United Jazz Festival to say hello to his friends, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Man Overboard Quintet: Down In The Deep Deep Blue

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A rhythm section that would make even a half-decent front line sound great; a front line that would enhance any ensemble; a bunch of great, sometimes neglected, songs with catchy tunes and quirky, image-laden lyrics. Surely, it's all just a wonderful dream? Nope, it isn't. It's Down In The Deep, Deep Blue, album number two from the Man Overboard Quintet.All Hands On Deck (Champs Hill Records, 2013) was released under the name of Man Overboard, giving no clue ...

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Connie Crothers: Concert In Paris

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Connie Crothers' piano sounds like nothing you've heard before. Sure, it's acoustic, she plays melodies, she can be inside or outside the music. One thing she isn't, though, is wishy-washy. One of her latest, Concert In Paris, is a solo effort. And for anyone who loves the intimacy of a solo-piano recital, this one more jazz than classical in nature; for anyone who digs the feeling of being played to and for in a cozy setting; for anyone who likes ...

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Pat Mallinger Quartet With Bill Carrothers: Elevate

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Chicago-based saxophonist Pat Mallinger's Home on Richmond (Self Produced, 2011), featuring pianist Bill Carrothers, introduced a superb teaming of talents. Mallinger could be tagged as a mainstreamer, but only in an elastic interpretation of the label, something like calling sax man Jackie McLean a straight ahead jazz guy. Maybe, but he, like Mallinger sure does test the edges of that tag. Carrothers is an original who rollicks in whatever direction his muse points out--Civil War tunes, twenties music, a tribute ...

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Tommaso Starace: Italian Short Stories

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Some musicians appear to conjure their tunes from thin air, others work with raw material furnished by the great composers, still others take their inspirations from many different sources and give them due acknowledgement. Saxophonist Tommaso Starace is in the latter camp. This lyrical, engaging, player's second album, Tommaso Starace Plays The Photos Of Elliot Erwitt (Frame Records, 2006), drew on eight photographs by this master of the camera. For Italian Short Stories Starace returns to this source of inspiration. ...


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