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Quinsin Nachoff: Flux

Read "Flux" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Canadian-reared, New York City-based saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff summons a meeting of some very bright musical minds on this stirring quartet date. Rounded out by heralded modern era musicians, saxophonist David Binney, keyboardist Matt Mitchell and drummer Kenny Wolleson, the band erects a cunning bridge between structured and melodic thematic ventures with traditional jazz values and free-flowing improvisational overtures. Many of these works are erected with polytonal sequences and odd-metered aberrations via forceful choruses and unanticipated diversions. Moreover, the ...

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Quinsin Nachoff: Flux

Read "Flux" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to Flux by saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff, it's easy to see in your mind's eye the DNA double helix beautifully spinning in the dark space of the human cell. That's because Nachoff composes tight, complex chamber pieces, seemingly delicate in structure, but able to withstand the attack of the jazz infantry. Nachoff's training and experience writing for orchestras, chamber ensembles, plus new music, brings a depth to his jazz bona fides. Plus, working with heavyweights like Ralph Alessi, ...

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Quinsin Nachoff: Flux

Read "Flux" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff sounds right at home on Mythology Records--saxophonist/producer/provocateur David Binney's label. Everything on Mythology has a intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery, whether it's Binney as the leader, or on sets headed up by pianists John Escreet or Edward Simon, or Quinsin Nachoff. Flux is Nachoff's debut on the label, a two saxophone front line with piano and drums, and no bass in the mix, in the mode of Vijay Iyer's Fieldwork ...

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Ilia Skibinsky: The Passage

Read "The Passage" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The youthful saxophonist/composer Ilia Skibinsky strikes a thoughtful pose, gazing down at his horn on the nicely designed cover of his debut, The Passage. The substitution of a much older visage would have been believable, given the depth and beauty of the playing, and the writing on the set's nine original compositions.Born in Russia, but moving with his family to Israel in 1993, where he performed with the best of his adopted country's jazz artists, Skibinsky succumbed to ...

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Ilia Skibinsky: The Passage

Read "The Passage" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist David Binney's Mythology Records imprint is used sparingly, but when this maverick music man chooses to release albums under its banner, they tend to be bold and brimming with the excitement of the unknown; The Passage is no exception. With this debut, Russian-born/Israeli-bred/New York-based saxophonist/composer Ilia Skibinsky joins the elite Mythology roster, which includes post- modern piano marvel John Escreet and Binney himself. Skibinsky may not be as edgy as Binney, and his compositions may not be as aggressively ...

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John Escreet: The Age We Live In

Read "The Age We Live In" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist John Escreet's meteoric rise into the pantheon of forward-thinking jazz composers has everything to do with his understanding of the fast-paced way of life that seems to have overtaken much of society. Everything is absorbed in little bites, quick flashes, and small doses by the younger generations that have been brought up in this short-attention-span world, and Escreet's music is accepting of this fact. However, it doesn't bow down to the idea that these quick flashes of information can't ...

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David Binney: Graylen Epicenter

Read "Graylen Epicenter" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Undoubtedly one of the great alto saxophonists, David Binney's reputation as an original, exciting composer has also grown steadily since his debut recording, Point Game (Owl Records, 1989). Binney is so prolific a musician that it's sometimes hard to stay abreast of his current projects. However, there is little chance of Graylen Epicenter going unnoticed. With this recording Binney raises the bar, playing sublimely and drawing outstanding performances from an A-list of New York collaborators, clearly inspired by the leader's ...

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John Escreet: The Age We Live In

Read "The Age We Live In" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

John Escreet just keeps pressing forward with recordings that are not stuck in the quagmire of normalcy. From his auspicious debut, Consequences (Posi-tone, 2008), to his equally ambitious sophomore release, Don't Fight The Inevitable (Mythology Records, 2010), the young pianist has demonstrated imagination and abilities in the same vein as Jason Moran and Craig Taborn. His third release, The Age We Live In, is no exception. From the thematic arc of “Intro," “Interlude" and “Outro," with its ...

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Samir Zarif: Starting Point

Read "Starting Point" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The excitement of hearing the voice from a musician of significant new talent knows no bounds. Violinist Majid Khaliq, vocalist Khalil Wilson, bassist Michael Feinberg, composer Gene Pritsker, and now saxophonist and storyteller Samir Zarif, are just beginning to fan the rapidly growing new brushfire of 21st century music. Zarif's talent is significant enough to merit Starting Point, his first album as leader, coming after paying his dues in Texas (where he grew up) and in New Orleans, the cradle ...

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Samir Zarif: Starting Point

Read "Starting Point" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Among the many new voices with something unique to say, Texas-born saxophonist Samir Zarif's Starting Point is as fresh a debut as they come. A member of the internationally acclaimed group The Story--whose names include rising stars, pianist John Escreet and saxophonist Lars Dietrich--Zarif also contributed to singer Maria Neckam's memorable Deeper (Sunnyside, 2010). In both cases, his horn has been impressive, but leading and composing his own release is a real opportunity for the saxophonist to shine.

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Samir Zarif: Starting Point

Read "Starting Point" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Samir Zarif has experienced a wide cross section of the cultural landscape of the United States. Zarif grew up in Texas, spent his college years learning and performing in New Orleans, and then traveled north to New York for his studies at the Manhattan School of Music. While all of this isn't necessarily remarkable for a budding musician to take in, these experiences contrast sharply with the aural images that Zarif presents on Starting Point. Starting ...

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David Binney: Graylen Epicenter

Read "Graylen Epicenter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Alto saxophonist and producer David Binney has become a ubiquitous presence in jazz in the last 20 years fronting his own bands while appearing with Donny McCaslin, Uri Caine, Joel Harrison, Edward Simon and Bobby Previte. He might be considered the logical next step in jazz saxophone after Wayne Shorter and Michael Brecker (Sonny Rollins remains in an orbit by himself), never mind that he is not a tenorist. Binney has been sharpening his direction over his last two recordings ...