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Album Review

Kandinsky Trio: On Light Wings

Read "On Light Wings" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Twenty-five years running, the Kandinsky Trio bridges many gaps and overlays numerous musical perimeters via a thoroughly hip stance. Here, the trio records two suite-like compositions by John D'Earth who is the University of Virginia's Director of Jazz Studies, and a contributor to 50 recordings, including stints with Buddy Rich, Tito Puente and the Kronos Quartet. They also perform one extended piece by fabled composer and New England Conservatory luminary, Gunther Schuller. Of particular note is the inclusion of jazz ...

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Album Review

Cameron Brown: Here and How! Volume 2!

Read "Here and How! Volume 2!" reviewed by Florence Wetzel


Bassist Cameron Brown has had a long and illustrious career as a sideman. He has appeared on around 100 recordings, providing an anchor for luminaries such as Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd and Beaver Harris, as well as the celebrated Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet. In 2003 Brown stepped out as a leader with Here and How!, culled from a 1997 Belgian tour with vocalist Sheila Jordan, trumpeter Dave Ballou, drummer Leon Parker, and legendary tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman guesting on three ...

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Joe Locke / Frank Kimbrough: Verrazano Moon

Read "Verrazano Moon" reviewed by John Kelman


With the now 37 year-old ongoing partnership of Chick Corea and Gary Burton, it might appear that the gold standard for piano/vibraphone duets has been set. But while they don't perform or record nearly as often, vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Frank Kimbrough have set their own standard for playing as a duo. Much like friends who, despite the passing of many years between encountering each other, pick up where they left off as if no time has passed, Verrazano ...

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David Liebman Group: Blues All Ways

Read "Blues All Ways" reviewed by John Kelman


While the blues is one of the clearest roots of conventional jazz tradition, few but saxophonist Dave Liebman could release an album that covers as many stylistic bases as Blues All Ways.There's good reason why Liebman can create a blues homage ranging from the 7/4 Memphis shuffle of “Elvis the Pelvis" and lithe, harmonically sophisticated swinger “Down Time" to the ethereal “Riz's Blues." With a quartet with this much shared history, the saxophonist has a lean but highly ...

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Album Review

Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor Big Band: Portology

Read "Portology" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Lee Konitz and Ohad Talmor first met in 1990, and then toured Europe in 1994 and 1995 with a large ensemble, playing Talmor's “Suite for Lee Konitz. Konitz later performed with Talmor's septet. And now, as part of his eightieth birthday and fifty-year career celebrations, the alto saxophonist has recorded three CDs with composer, arranger and multi-reedist Talmor. In addition to Portology, Omnitone also released New Nonet and Inventions, both in 2006. The Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos--from ...

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Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor Big Band: Portology

Read "Portology" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Portology is the third in a series of CDs featuring a fruitful collaboration between alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and saxophonist/composer/arranger Ohad Talmor. With a fifty year-plus career behind him--most of it involving small group work--it's hard to believe that tPortology is alto saxophonist Lee Konitz' first outing fronting a big band. Not that he hasn't played in the format before, with Stan Kenton early on, and with the not-quite-a-big-band 1949-50 Birth of the Cool (Capitol Records, 1957) sessions with Miles ...

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Album Review

Dan Willis: Velvet Gentlemen

Read "Velvet Gentlemen" reviewed by Jim Santella


Taking its title from a pet nickname that was applied to composer Erik Satie by children in his neighborhood, Velvet Gentlemen features multi-instrumentalist Dan Willis with a modern mainstream sextet, freely interpreting eleven original pieces. The band covers a lot of territory. The leader plays eleven woodwind instruments on the session, including tenor and soprano saxophones, as well as oboe, bass clarinet and English horn. He's joined by guitarist Pete McCann, trumpeter Chuck MacKinnon, bassist Kermit Driscoll, pianist Ron Oswanski ...


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