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CD/LP/Track Review

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Orrin Evans: #knowingishalfthebattle

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Since the 1990s Philadelphia-based pianist Orrin Evans has carved out a revered career as a band leader, producer, composer, and first and foremost, one helluva jazz pianist. Recorded live at New York's Sear Sound's Studio, #knowingishalfthebattle is his third release on Smoke Sessions with an all-star lineup that includes two other well-known Philly natives, guitarists Kevin Eubanks and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Energy runs through the session through the virtuosic performances of the three headliners as well as the ...

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John O'Gallagher Trio: Live In Brooklyn

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Over the past 25 years, altoist and New York resident, John O'Gallagher has worked with the likes of Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart and Chris Cheek amongst many others. German born but long-time New Yorker bassist Johannes Weidenmueller has played with the Hank Jones trio, the John Abercrombie quartet, Joe Lovano and many others. Born in California, in-demand drummer Mark Ferber has worked with Lee Konitz, Don Byron, Fred Hersch, Norah Jones and Steve Swallow to name ...

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Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet: King Of Xhosa

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It is appropriate that the opening track on King Of Xhosa, is a hand drum invocation and an introduction in the Xhosa language of South Africa, as that is exactly where the origins and influences of this music came from. Drummer Jeff “Siege" Siegel and his quartet are augmented on this recording by Feya Faku, a South African native, on trumpet and flugelhorn, and the one who sets the character of the music. Siegel, an accomplished drummer, leader, ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: Blooming Tall Phlox

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You can look up the phlox flower online: there are 67 species, many of them fragrant. But none of the photographs or botanical classifications will tell you how it smells. For that we have pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff's musical impressions here, along with a range of other smells recalled from her Russian childhood. When Eckemoff visited Finland and saw how much it reminded her of Russia she decided it was the best place to record an album about her Russian aroma ...

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Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

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New York-based trombonist Nick Finzer has benefited from mentorships under trombone masters Wycliffe Gordon and Steve Turre; but his third CD release, Hear And Now also brings the original trombones master, J.J. Johnson to mind. One of Johnson's last CDs, the minor masterpiece, Heroes (Verve Records, 1995), featured a sextet configuration with an enormously-talented pianist, Rene Rosnes, in the mix. Hear & Now is a sextet outing with an up-and-coming, unlimited potential talent, Glenn Zaleski, sitting in front of the ...

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Trichotomy: Known-Unknown

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It's been a while, 4 years to be precise, but Australian piano trio Trichotomy is back. Known-Unknown appears after a break during which the band's members have been busy with numerous other projects and sees the first appearance of a new bassist, but it takes just a few bars of “Five" to reassure fans that this cohesive, exciting trio is back and on track.Pianist Sean Foran and drummer John Parker are joined by bassist Samuel Vincent and all ...

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Martin Küchen / Mark Tokar / Arkadijus Gotesmanas: Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival

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Swedish reedman Martin Küchen made three appearances at the Lithuanian capital's annual jazz bonanza in October 2015 which included a solo concert and an outing with his group Angles 9. But the set which the NoBusiness label has chosen to release, as a limited edition LP, is his first time meeting with the Ukrainian pairing of bassist Mark Tokar, who may be familiar from Ken Vandermark's Resonance Ensemble, and drummer Arkadijus Gotesmanas, now based in the Baltic country. Each side ...

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Hard Proof: Stinger

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Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds from sub-Saharan Africa with adventurous Jazz and deep Funk to stimulate your brain and move your feet. This jny: Austin, Texas based ten-piece collective began by studying the blueprint of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band, as well as Funk and Jazz from the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. And yet, they're a totally American band--raised on Jazz, Soul, Funk, and Rock music in the USA. You get to hear all these influences in full ...

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Anna Webber's Simple Trio with Matt Mitchell & John Hollenbeck: Binary

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If there were a prize for avoiding the obvious, then Brooklyn-based Canadian saxophonist and flautist Anna Webber would be a prime contender. In an effort to take the road less travelled, Webber has used internet-sourced inspiration, including a random binary digit generator, a website that turns words into drumbeats, and even her own IP address, to develop the 11 compositions on Binary, the sophomore outing from her Simple Trio. In a line up unchanged since their eponymous ...


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