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Eric Alexander: Leap of Faith

Read "Leap of Faith" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Acclaimed saxophonist Eric Alexander needs no special introduction. His pioneering work in the jazz world has been an inspiration to many of his peers since the early 90s. On this special chordless endeavour—featuring the chops of Doug Weiss on bass and drummer Jonathan Blake whose own recording in a very similar chordless constellation was likewise recently documented on the Giant Steps Arts label to high critical praise—Alexander makes a giant leap into somewhat uncharted territory for him and is rewarded ...

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Eric Alexander: Leap of Faith

Read "Leap of Faith" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Renowned tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's Leap of Faith stems in part from the decision (hesitantly made) to perform in a trio setting without piano—hardly an uncommon arrangement these days but one that Alexander, a shining light on the New York music scene for more than two decades, has rarely explored, either in live gigs or on more than forty-plus albums as leader of his own groups. Also, Leap of Faith was recorded live (no safety net) at New York City's ...

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Johnathan Blake: Trion

Read "Trion" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The names making up this trio really don't need further explanation, seeing how they belong to some of the leading jazz musicians in their respective fields: for Trion , drummer and composer Johnathan Blake relies on the adventurousness of the highly acclaimed bass virtuoso Linda May Han Oh and saxophonist Chris Potter, who together form a chordless entity. The democratic fashion in which the three interact with each other here was initially supposed to be captured by naming the group ...

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Johnathan Blake: Trion

Read "Trion" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A journeyman drummer with over fifty album credits, Johnathan Blake has long associations with Tom Harrell and Kenny Barron and has appeared with Oliver Lake, Roy Hargrove, Alex Sipiagin, Donny McCaslin, Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and many other well-known artists. His previous outings as leader were The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside, 2012) and Gone, But Not Forgotten (Criss Cross Jazz, 2014). Blake's chordless trio with tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and bassist Linda May Han Oh presents Trion, a work of considerable ...

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Johnathan Blake: Trion

Read "Trion" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Johnathan Blake, an in-demand drummer who has contributed to recordings by trumpeter Tom Harrell and guitarist Russell Malone, presents an ambitious two-CD set, Trion, a chordless trio affair with a pair of fellow first-callers, saxophonist Chris Potter and bassist Linda May Han Oh. The ground was broken for this particular format by saxophonist Sonny Rollins' A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1958), a freewheeling exploration of jazz standards and Great American Songbook tunes.Where A Night At ...

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Jason Palmer: Rhyme And Reason

Read "Rhyme And Reason" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You may wish you had paid more attention in your high school chemistry class, because listening to Rhyme And Reason by trumpeter Jason Palmer calls to mind the description of the nucleus of an atom. Spinning and spinning, various protons and neutrons are both attracted and held off by each other. Same can be said of his quartet recorded live at the Jazz Gallery in 2018. Listeners need not venture to the subatomic level to experience the electron charge this ...

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Jason Palmer: Rhyme And Reason

Read "Rhyme And Reason" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Jazz albums without chordal instruments can sometimes sound arid. But that is decidedly not the case with Jason Palmer's Rhyme And Reason. The members of his quartet fit together organically, and the contrapuntal interplay between the trumpeter and his co-front man, tenorist Mark Turner, is remarkably tight. But the backline too is populated by a taut rhythm section comprising Matt Brewer on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. “Backline" is something of an understatement since both Brewer and Turner deliver ...


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