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Woody Shaw: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Vol. 1: Hamburg 1979

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Woody Shaw was born a decade or so after quintessential hard-bop trumpeters Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd and Freddie Hubbard, Shaw's professed role model. He came to the party late but he came bearing gifts—a strong technique, an ability to play inside and outside with equal conviction, and a lot of soul. These qualities were to the fore on two sideman albums on which Shaw's reputation was established, Eric Dolphy's Iron Man (Douglas, 1963), Shaw's recorded debut, and Larry Young's Unity ...

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Lookout Farm: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1975

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Fasten your seat belt, please. Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach's club date with Lookout Farm barely lets up during an hour of ferocious jazz going on jazz-rock. It's in roughly the same bag as Miles Davis' post-Bitches Brew (CBS, 1970) electric albums, some of which had Liebman in the lineup. The tape lay in the vaults of German radio station NDR, for whom it was recorded for broadcast in 1975, until its rediscovery by Jazzline Records. It forms part of ...

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Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach: Eternal Voices

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Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach have known each other for half a century and this double album is a celebration of their friendship. They've recorded together during this period in varying configurations. There was Liebman's short-lived but highly praised jazz rock group Lookout Farm formed in 1974 and from the 1980s there was Quest. But arguably it's their duet albums that have resulted in the most intriguing and musically timeless statements. There have been quite a few, too, beginning with ...

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Randy Brecker: Rocks

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The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough to simultaneously review his release with the NDR Bigband, the Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra, when he titled it Rocks. Assembled for the recording studio after Brecker finished two acclaimed tours of Europe with the NDR Bigband, Rocks recapitulates tunes that Brecker has written through ...

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Louis Hayes / Junior Cook Quintet: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1976

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In 1976, when At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall was recorded, hard bop was viewed as nostalgia-based heritage music by the young lions of American jazz. But for drummer Louis Hayes, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, trumpeter Woody Shaw, pianist Ronnie Matthews, and bassist Stafford James--whose paths had crossed and recrossed in bands led by Horace Silver, Art Blakey, and Julian “Cannonball" Adderley--hard bop was still the staff of life. By turns raw and blazing, flowing and balladic, At ...

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Timeless All Stars: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1982

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They were timeless and they were all stars. Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams and Billy Higgins got together in the early 1980s to play post-hard-bop jazz in the studio and on the US and European performance circuits. The band recorded three fine albums between 1982 and 1986. At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall makes that four. Recorded live at the famously louche Hamburg club, it was taped for broadcast by German radio station NDR. The release ...

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Randy Brecker with the NDR Big Band - The Hamburg Jazz Orchestra: Rocks

Read "Rocks" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Randy Brecker has been at the forefront of jazz since the late 1960s. His debut album as leader way back in 1969 was Score (Solid State). In addition to numerous albums under his own name he's also recorded with George Benson, Duke Pearson, Dreams and Larry Coryell's Eleventh House, to name just a few. But perhaps he is best known for the albums he produced with his younger brother, the late Michael Brecker as The Brecker Brothers. Lest people forget ...

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Charlie Mariano: Savannah Samurai

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75 years young and blowing with the conviction and intensity of a hot to trot saxophonist straight out of music school, the venerable Charlie Mariano returns in glowing fashion.

Revered for his versatility and willingness to explore besides being an influential stylist, Mariano along with guitarist Vic Juris, bassist Dieter Ilg and drummer Jeff Hirshfield bridge the gap between straight-ahead and exploratory jazz. The opener, Mariano’s “Children’s Steps” is cheerfully melodic and upbeat while the Vic Juris composition, “Luna Doone” ...

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Peter Herborn: Large

Read "Large" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The proceedings commence with Herborn’s composition, titled “The Blizzard” featuring the forceful and dynamic tenor sax work of Gary Thomas. Here, Thomas does an effective job of mirroring the often bouncy yet charging nature of the rhythms in concert with the stalwart, brash and upfront arrangement. On, “The Blizzard”, trumpet virtuoso Dave Ballou adds some garnish with a low key mid-register trumpet solo which underscores the high-spirited orchestration. McCoy Tyner’s “Contemplation” is warm, sonorous and features fine solos from trombonist ...


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