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Peter Paulsen Sextet: Change of Scenery

Read "Change of Scenery" reviewed by John Kelman

Building on the success of Tri-Cycle (Wahbo, 2005), Peter Paulsen expands from piano trio to multi-horn sextet. It's more ambitious, not just for the larger palette from which the bassist draws, but because, unlike Tri-Cycle's mix of originals and craftily arranged material by others, Change of Scenery consists entirely of Paulsen originals, with the exception of an innovative arrangement of Wayne Shorter's “Nefertiti" and the collectively composed/improvised “Random Width."

Drummer Joe Mullen is back and, while he didn't play on ...

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Peter Paulsen Trio: Tri-Cycle

Read "Tri-Cycle" reviewed by John Kelman

One of last year's most pleasant surprises was Philadelphia-based pianist Jeff Baumeister's debut, Useful Music. Multifaceted, intelligent writing and strong group chemistry made it all the more surprising that Baumeister's quartet--which has clearly been doing its share of woodshedding--came seemingly out of nowhere. The days where an artist emerges as a leader following mentorship with established players--as was the case with Miles Davis and Art Blakey--seem to be gone, and the relatively unannounced appearance of young performers is becoming more ...

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Jeff Baumeister Quartet: Useful Music

Read "Useful Music" reviewed by John Kelman

With the number of jazz albums released every month, it's becoming more and more challenging to keep up. Add the proliferation of small independent and artist-run labels and the task becomes nearly insurmountable. And that's a shame, because it means that talented artists are getting lost in the sheer mass of information out there. Hopefully that's not a fate in store for Philadelphia-based pianist Jeff Baumeister, whose debut release signifies a new voice with a less-than-common set ...


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