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David Sanborn: Stick Out Your Tongue

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It was a Sunday afternoon to remember for all of us. It was a most special day for a myriad of reasons. Multi Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sanborn was at the heart of it all. A big part of the story involves a little boy. An eleven year old named Isaac who plays the saxophone and idolizes Sanborn. He, not surprisingly, was elated to learn that he, along with his mom and my wife and I, was ...

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Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

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So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more.From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear some good live music. But it isn't every day that you are in the presence of a true jazz icon. Now 80 years old, Carter ...

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Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Whispers on the Wind

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Chuck Owen's Florida-based and Grammy-nominated Jazz Surge is back in the saddle with another series of impressive musical portraits, Whispers on the Wind, whose genesis harkens back to Owen's childhood in windy Omaha, NE, and whose inspiration derives in part from the works of three contemporary authors: Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King (the last, as Owen writes, from King's Dark Tower series). To help cast the spell, Owen uses a number of instruments not generally associated with big-band ...

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Stephen Foulkes and David Bednall: Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman

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'TERENCE, this is stupid stuff: / You eat your victuals fast enough; There can't be much amiss, 'tis clear, / To see the rate you drink your beer. With those words, poet AE Housman begins his celebrated Poem LXII from his famous collection A Shropshire Lad. This particular poem contains the admonition that, ..."malt does more than Milton can / To justify God's ways to man." Yet none of this appears in the present recording of Housman's ...

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Ivo Perelman: Heptagon

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Over the past few years, Brazilian tenor sax luminary Ivo Perelman has been releasing albums in clusters based on themes / approaches: The Art of the Improv Trio, Vol. 1--Vol. 6 and The Art of Perelman-(Matthew) Shipp Vol. 1--Vol. 7 and Heptagon is one of six new simultaneous releases. Here, Perelman appears with longtime affiliates, pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist William Parker and newcomer, drummer Bobby Kapp, who performed on Brazilian saxophonist Gato Barbieri's debut album issued in 1967. ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Herbie Hancock at the Gaillard Center Music Hall

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Herbie Hancock Quartet Galliard Music Hall Charleston, SC October 18, 2017 Keyboardist and jazz legend, Herbie Hancock sat down at his synthesizer and immediately filled the Galliard Center Music Hall in Charleston, South Carolina on October 18th with a carpet of electronic sound, setting the stage for a panoply of ever shifting chords, rhythms, melodies and bombastics for the eagerly awaiting audience. If one were to assume that the traditional line up of ...

INTERVIEW

Roxy Coss: Standing Out

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All About Jazz: You have recently released a new CD, Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017), just a year after the release of Restless Idealism (Origin, 2016). Albums are like a snapshot of a timeframe, how has that musical image changed in a year? Roxy Coss: More back story is it was recorded more than a year apart, even though they were released a year apart, so there was actually more time between recordings, almost two years. When I ...

IN PICTURES

In Gardens 2017 - Avant Jazz Outdoors in New York City

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While the NYC-based artist lead co-operative Arts For Art might be best known for putting on the annual Vision Festival, that's by no means the full extent of its activities. One regular event among the year's schedule is the In Gardens concert series. As the name suggests, this entails presenting music in public open spaces in New York City. In 2017 the series comprised four weekends of music presented free of charge across a range of locations in Manhattan, of ...

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Jane Getter Premonition: ON Tour

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With the release of ON (Madfish/Snapper, 2015)--the debut album with her newly minted Premonition band--guitarist Jane Getter completed her move from the funk/fusion guitar workouts of her first two albums (1997's Jane and 2005's See Jane Run) towards a more progressive leaning which began with Three (Alternity, 2012). It's a move that the New York-based Getter has managed with considerable success--no doubt, to some extent, the result of her husband and only constant across all of her solo recordings, keyboardist ...


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