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The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991

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There are bands that manage to carve out a place for themselves in the music world that lasts for decades; there are others who, while having created a name for themselves during their peak years and, while they continue to tour and, even, make the occasional studio album, are invariably best remembered for their seminal early years. Wishbone Ash first emerged on the cusp of the 1970s, a time when it seemed anything and everything was possible. While ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Danny Green Trio at the Lily Pad

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Danny Green Trio The Lily Pad CD Release concert Cambridge, MA June 16, 2018 Acclaimed San Diego pianist and composer Peter Green and his trio, Justin Grinnell and Julien Cantelm performed a set supporting their CD release One Day It Wil(2018), at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, Ma. Sat June 16th. The intimate setting of this small venue in the heart of a Cambridge neighborhood offered the perfect setting for the lyrically charged and ...

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Dizzy's Debut: Paul Jost

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Paul Jost had already enjoyed a successful, decades-long career as a drummer, sideman, and leader when he decided to work solely as a jazz vocalist. Switching from player to vocalist mid-course is not a typical career path for a musician. But Jost's quick rise as a singer over the last six years--he made his debut at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola just a few weeks ago--is a testament to his innate talent, his precision as a musician, and his distinctive vocal ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Claus Waidtlow: A New Beginning

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Saxophonist Claus Waidtløw has been a vital part of the Danish jazz scene for many years. At the beginning of the '90s, he was already established on the scene and in 1997 he released his debut as a leader, Claustrophobia, on Stunt Records (notice the use of the pun on the saxophonist's name in the title). Since then, Waidtløw has continued to challenge himself. He plays both the tenor, soprano and alto saxophone fluently and has recorded with his own ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Onyx Brass: Onyx Noir - Jazz Works For Brass Quintet

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Jazz has often been described as America's classical music, so hearing a British classical group tackling jazz is bound to intrigue. Even more so when it's a brass quintet and we recognise the key role of brass bands in the birth of jazz. Onyx Brass trombonist Amos Miller was at the Banff International Jazz Summer School in 1994. One of the tutors taking part was Kenny Wheeler. Move ahead to 2012 and Miller phoned Wheeler asking him to ...

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Boyer & Talton and Cowboy

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It's difficult, if not impossible, to understate the distinction Cowboy brought to Capricorn Records. At the height of the Southern rock movement launched by and spurred on through the success of the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Walden's artist roster, including the Marshall Tucker Band and Wet Willie, was also populated with bands like Grinderswitch that borrowed heavily and without reservation from ABB's style (perhaps not so surprisingly, that group was co-founded by Joe Dan Petty, one of the Allmans' roadies). ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda / Gianni Mimmo: Triad

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It's difficult to cherry pick recordings from pianist Satoko Fujii's 60th-year birthday celebration releases that are coming at us every month in 2018. There are solo recordings, sessions with her various jazz orchestras, duos, trios and quartets. Can you pinpoint her as a composer, arranger, or improviser? Yes, yes, and yes. She's accomplished in every aspect of jazz, from free to noted and folk to avant-garde. Her creative energies burn as brightly as that of David Murray in the 1990s, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Duane Betts: Sketches of American Music

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It's a daunting task just to follow in the footsteps of a bonafide legend of American music, in the case of Duane Betts, his father Dickey, co-founder, guitarist and major composer for the Allman Brothers Band. But the offspring is taking his sweet time enaging in follow-up on that estimable legacy of Southern rock with this approximately forty-minute EP, further elevating his public profile in line with tours on a bill with Devon Allman after a stellar stint on the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steffen Schorn & Zurich Jazz Orchestra: Three Pictures

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The 2004 album Triosphere (Jazz & Arts Records), featuring reedist Steffen Schorn, saxophonist Roger Hanschel and guitarist Dirk Mudelien, points in the direction of the large ensemble work, Three Pictures. Schorn took over the reins of the Zurich Jazz Orchestra in 2014, and for the ensemble he has written and arranged the “Three Pictures Suite," “Africa Suite," and four other high-quality compositions--all highly layered and deftly nuanced works that point back to Triosphere, with a much expanded palette. If Triosphere ...

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Yakhal' Inkomo: A South African Masterpiece at Fifty

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On July 23, 1968, a now-legendary recording session took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, one that would ultimately prove a defining moment in the country's Jazz history and development. Led by tenor saxophonist Winston Mankunku Ngozi, a quartet that included pianist Lionel Pillay, bassist Agrippa Magwaza, and drummer Early Mabuza would record the album Yakhal' Inkomo. Comprising two originals of Mankunku's--the title track “Yakhal' Inkomo" and “Dedication (For Daddy Trane and Brother Shorter)"--as well as John Coltrane's “Bessie's ...