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Touch and Go Sextet: Live at the Novara Jazz Festival

Read "Live at the Novara Jazz Festival" reviewed by Robert Bush

Drummer Vijay Anderson formed the Touch and Go Sextet in the Bay Area as a vehicle for performing and interpreting the works of visiting musicians, but his concurrent studies with alto sax legend Roscoe Mitchell gave him the confidence to steer this three-reed, one trumpet and double-bass ensemble into original compositions, the results of which are clearly realized on Live at the Novara Jazz Festival. On “Slippin,'" the horns wrap around each other like snakes in ...

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Gavin Templeton: In Series

Read "In Series" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton has become a pivotal force in the L.A. progressive jazz scene and it's easily discernible, given his strong improvisational faculties, resonating tone, and penchant for bridging conventional means into the outside schema of the jazz vernacular. On his second solo release for Nine Winds Records, he embeds rock riffs, variable tempos, and odd-metered unison choruses with guitarist Perry Smith and a host of mood-evoking thematic episodes via these multicolored pieces. The artists conclude the ...

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Daniel Rosenboom: Book of Omens

Read "Book of Omens" reviewed by Troy Collins

jny: Los Angeles-based trumpet player Daniel Rosenboom is quickly becoming a ubiquitous presence in the West Coast's creative jazz scene. His credits include a variety of endeavors, from challenging sideman work with venerated scene leader Vinny Golia to membership in the radical young Balkan ensemble PLOTZ! His 2006 solo debut, Bloodier, Mean Son (Nine Winds) established Rosenboom as a singularly creative voice whose unique aesthetic encompasses an array of idiosyncratic influences, from efx-laden horn soliloquies to elaborate progressive metal-influenced full-band ...

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Slumgum / Hugh Ragin: The Sky His Own

Read "The Sky His Own" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The third release of the young Los Angeles-based, Cal Arts-educated Slumgum attempts to expand its musical universe. This inventive quartet already defined its rich aesthetic, drawing from diverse influences like jazz, free improvisation, world music and modern classical music, stressing a vivid sense of exploration and adventure with close and supportive interplay. On The Sky His Own, the quartet hosts veteran cornetist Hugh Ragin, who has collaborated with such important musicians as Roscoe Mitchell, Clark Terry, David Murray and Sun ...

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Slumgum / Hugh Ragin: The Sky His Own

Read "The Sky His Own" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Slumgum exhibits a sophisticated voice and thematic cohesiveness on this, its third release, The Sky His Own. These characteristics are a testament to this innovative Los Angeles-based quartet's camaraderie and shared ideology, as all members of the group, including guest cornetist Hugh Ragin, contribute unique compositions. Ragin's expansive “Silver Cornet News" starts off hinting at hard bop, with drummer Trevor Anderies energetically driving the melody. Known for the breadth of his ingenuity, Ragin does not disappoint, as ...

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Teofilovici and Miroslav Tadic: Vidarica

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Teofilovići & Miroslav TadićVidaricaNine Winds Records2012There are types of music that grow on you with every new Listen, and then there are types of music that fade away when played too often. Vidarica--the collaboration between guitarist Miroslav Tadić and vocal duo the Teofilovic brothers-- definitely is one of those rarely crafted albums that grows with each new listen. In a way, this is a dream pairing and reveals them to be a ...

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The Vinny Golia Octet: Music for Baritone Saxophone

Read "The Vinny Golia Octet: Music for Baritone Saxophone" reviewed by Robert Bush

Vinny Golia OctetMusic For Baritone SaxophoneNine Winds Records2011 Woodwind multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia has been both the beacon and a touchstone for the West Coast free improvising community, particularly in Los Angeles, for over 30 years. Golia started his Nine Winds label in 1977, as a vehicle for distributing his own music, then expanded its mission statement around 1980 to document music from Canada to Mexico that wasn't being heard. Some 200 ...


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