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In The Moment

Read "In The Moment" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The trail of splendid hard bop influenced recordings extends well beyond the genre's heyday of the 1950s and '60s. A case in point is trumpeter John Swana's appropriately titled In The Moment. The 1996 release on the Criss Cross Jazz imprint merits the exalted status of its celebrated predecessors. Captured in a one-day studio session, despite the familiar stylistic lineage it sounds fresh, spontaneous and unsullied. A sextet of intrepid, strong-willed individuals fully commit themselves to a program of compelling ...

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Misha Tsiganov: Playing With The Wind

Read "Playing With The Wind" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Misha Tsiganov seems to further his creative reach with each date he delivers. While calculation and supreme specificity with the pen always help to keep things grounded in his music, the level of daring in Tsiganov's compositions and the high degree of spontaneity he brings to the fore through his piano help to continually push things one step beyond. With The Artistry Of The Standard (Criss Cross, 2014), Tsiganov elevated the act of interpretation and demonstrated ...

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Noah Preminger: Genuinity

Read "Genuinity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Quite often when an über-talented musician records a disc under his own name, he uses sidemen of lesser talent so as not to detract from his moment in the limelight, or because his ego won't allow him to play nice. That has never been the case with saxophonist Noah Preminger. On Genuinity, his tenth disc released as a leader, Preminger employs partners of equal weight. Listening to the saxophonist and trumpeter Jason Palmer reminds you of the Sonny Rollins/Don Cherry ...

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Alex Sipiagin: Moments Captured

Read "Moments Captured" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin's 12th outing as a leader for the esteemed Criss Cross label finds him returning to the three-horn front line format that he previously explored on the masterful “Destinations Unknown" (Criss Cross, 2011). Returning from that date are tenor giant Chris Potter and the unrelentingly groovy Eric Harland on drums. David Binney is Sipiagin's usual choice of alto players, (having appeared on three of his previous releases,) however this time around Will Vinson completes the horn section on ...

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John Swana: Bright Moments

Read "Bright Moments" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Simply put, this album is so listenable and stood out so noticeably among the many CDs I've been spinning for myself recently, that I thought All About Jazz readers ought to know about it. I first heard then trumpeter John Swana a decade or more ago when he jammed at pianist Tom Lawton's memorable long-term gig with the late great bassist Al Stauffer at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. I was awestruck by Swana's clarity, sustained non-vibrato tone, and ...

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David Binney: The Time Verses

Read "The Time Verses" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Acclaimed as a significant and extremely unique compositional talent, saxophonist David Binney is one of the most prolific jazz musicians on the scene today. Binney has created an alternative jazz scene that focuses on playing adventurous and original music, which has been key to his journey as a player. He possesses a distinctive saxophone sound and has an extensive catalog as a leader, in addition to being sought after as a sideman, appearing on record with: Medeski, Martin & Wood, ...

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Matt Brewer: Unspoken

Read "Unspoken" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

Bassist Matt Brewer first revealed his talents as a bandleader and a composer on his 2014 Criss Cross debut Mythology. Brewer returns to the Criss Cross label for his sophomore effort with a completely new quintet to explore seven new original compositions, a Bill Frisell cover, and one Charlie Parker tune. Joining him this time around are tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel, guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Aaron Parks, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, all of whom have previously recorded as sidemen for ...


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