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INTERVIEW

Dawn Clement: Here In The Moment

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Dawn Clement is like a primal force of nature. From being the mother of three young children, to her professorship at Cornish College of the Arts, to her performing career as a touring and recording artist, she maintains a musical standard of excellence achieved by very few. Her piano style is strong and versatile, whether she is playing at the most intense tempo, or in more tender and vulnerable moments colored in alluring sincerity. The evening before I ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Scott Hamilton Trio: Live at Pyatt Hall

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Even though the Swing Era vanished long ago into the mists of time, likely never to return, it continues to have its champions, especially on the tenor saxophone: masters such as Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, Grant Stewart, Cory Weeds (who owns the Cellar Live label and produced this splendid album) and last but by no means least, the smooth-as-velvet and always-unflappable Scott Hamilton whose trio was recorded in July 2017 at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver, B.C., during that city's annual ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Latest From Eva-Maria Houben On Edition Wandelweiser

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The last 2017 batch of releases from the Edition Wandelweiser label consisted of six albums including one by the Swiss duo of Cyril Bondi and d'incise, a double album of piano pieces by the late Hermann Meier played by Dominik Blum, and a chilling but intriguing Michael Winter album featuring readings from The Limits of Mathematics by Gregory Chaitin, accompanied by sound samples from an impressive cast. However, the remaining three albums of the batch were all by pianist-organist-composer Eva-Maria ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kokotob: Flying Heart

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Back in 2006, vibraphonist Taiko Saito teamed up with pianist Niko Meinhold for a duet album entitled Koko (Pirouet), on which they forged a synthesis of classical and improvised jazz music. Here they've added another member, clarinetist Tobias Schirmer, and the trio (now dubbed Kokotob) has produced a deeply pensive, compelling album that relies as heavily on texture and mood as it does on overt melodic gestures. Meinhold and Saito are each given compositional credit for four of ...

MIXCLOUD

The Gift of Music (Part 2)

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The holiday season continues and so does the gift-giving. Here's the second of a two part series featuring some of my favorite tunes as my holiday gift to end the year on a positive note. Happy Listening! Playlist Alicia Hall Moran “Two Wings" from Here Today (Yes Records) 0:00 Toots Thielemans “Five for Elis" from Aquarela do Brasil (Philips) 10:41 Quincy Jones “Big Band Bossa Nova" from Big Band Bossa Nova (Verve) ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Barry Altschul: The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow

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Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor closed out the 2016 Krakow Jazz Autumn in fine style with this set. Recorded at the fabled Alchemia Club in the city's Jewish ghetto, the drummer leads his tightly knit combo through four originals and a Monk cover. It's a familiar program, as three of the pieces have been in Altschul's band book since the 1980s and all have appeared somewhere on the outfit's first two dates: The 3Dom Factor (TUM Records, 2013) and Tales Of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joshua Gerowitz: Solano Canyon

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A non-exhaustive Internet search didn't reveal much in the way of biographical information on young guitarist Joshua Gerowitz, but on the opening track “Smooth as Ice," he would appear to be a potential jazz-fusion guitar hero. Atop a simple hook and a loose groove, armed with a significant bite, he weaves a stylization that nestles between experimental guitarist David Torn and Jimi Hendrix, as he shreds his guitar into miniscule bits, framed with malicious sounding EFX and sharp-edged phrasings. And ...

LIVE REVIEWS

NYC Winter Jazzfest 2018 - The Friday Marathon

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NYC Winter Jazzfest The Friday Marathon New York, NY January 12, 2018 As the setting sun ushered in the first of two NYC Winter Jazzfest marathon nights on Friday, January 12, the only thing that seemed to be missing was winter itself. After coping with a deep freeze for weeks, encountering an extreme thaw with the mercury making it into the fifties was somewhat shocking for those out and about for this annual event. ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Nels and Alex Cline at The Jazz Bakery

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Nels Cline / Alex Cline Jazz Bakery (Moss Theater) Santa Monica, CA January 13, 2018 Nine years ago, Nels and Alex Cline played live as a duo for only the third time ever. On January 13, just nine days after their collective 62nd birthday, they made it the fourth. The brothers Cline performed together at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica, near where they grew up. The event was partly instigated by ...