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Guitars Galore: Major Vistas, Joe Policastro Trio, Dan Arcamone, Charlie Ballantine, Sound Underground, Kay-Ta Matsuno

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A brief overview of several notable 2016 contemporary jazz releases featuring guitarists. Major Vistas Minor Anthems Self Produced 2016 A fresh approach to the jazz trio, and the debut release from Madison, Wisconsin's Major Vistas. Keyboardist Mike Weiser says he thinks of it as a modern “organ" trio, but he tends to use Fender Rhodes sounds more than Hammond low tones for the bass. The band cites guitarists John Scofield and ...

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Jan Lundgren: Swedish Ballads... & More... Quietly There

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Are Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen, two American saxophonists playing technically accomplished and downright enjoyable jazz, the Zoot Sims and Al Cohn of our day? The answer must be Very Likely, to judge from an excellent two-album reissue by Danish company Stunt Records. Hamilton and Allen are featured playing with quartets headed by Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren. Hamilton plays seven Swedish ballads; Allen nine songs by Johnny Mandel. The emphasis is on respectful interpretation as opposed to ...

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Montreux Through The Decades: Blues, Soul & Funk Recordings, Part 1

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As part of All About Jazz' tribute to Montreux Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 50th edition in 2016, and to its founder, the late Claude Nobs, this second batch of live recordings features ten memorable blues, soul and funk concerts captured between 1973 and 2004. The first batch featured ten jazz recordings from concerts between 1968 and 2012, while a third batch will feature rock, folk and pop recordings. Albert King Blues at Sunrise: ...

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New Sounds from the Danish Scene: Nina Baun, Henrik Pultz Melbye, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen & Jesper Thorn

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For such a small country, there is an incredibly amount of diversity on the Danish jazz scene and new names and albums pop up all the time while experiments are made with forms and genres. The following four releases cover everything from diverse singer/songwriter vocal jazz to a modern saxophone trio, grand orchestral jazz and a meeting between jazz and electronica. Nina Baun Human Gateway Music 2016 There is a great ...

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Montreux Through The Decades: Jazz Recordings, Part One

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To celebrate Montreux Jazz Festival's 50th edition in 2016, and as a posthumous tribute to the festival's founder, the late Claude Nobs, All About Jazz is launching a new column entitled Montreux Through the Decades, which will periodically present reviews of officially released live recordings from MJF, from its first edition in 1967 to the present. This first batch of multiple reviews features ten jazz recordings spanning the years 1968 to 2012. To coincide with this year's MJF two further ...

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Five New From Konvoj Records

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If you are a free jazz fanatic, you probably look for those out-of-print vinyl offerings from labels like Hat Hut, FMP, Sonet, and El Saturn Records. Sadly, you would have to be either independently wealthy or Mats Gustafsson to acquire the rarest of the rare music. But take heart, there are small labels producing the free jazz scarce finds of the future. One such label is Ola Paulson's Konvoj Records from Sweden. He has assembled a small, but growing and ...

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Another Timbre’s Violin +1 Series

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In common with many other labels, Another Timbre is in the habit of releasing its CDs in batches, usually four at a time. Occasionally these batches have an overarching theme linking them, such as its “Silence and After" or “Berlin" Series. The label's latest batch is one such, bearing the title “Violin + 1," because the four releases feature “experimental duos for violin with one other instrument." With four different violinists, each combined with a different instrument--piano, percussion, double bass, ...

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Albert We Hardly Knew Ye

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The Chinese mystic philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, “the flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long." Although he never heard the music of Albert Ayler, we're sure that he would agree the saxophonist's fire music was luminescent. Ayler's career was indeed quite brief, recording only for a period of eight years until his untimely dead at age 34, in 1970. The description of the flame is also apropos, as Ayler was quoted as saying, “Trane was ...


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