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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

George McMullen Trio: Boomerang.

Read "Boomerang." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

É tanto affascinante la sonorità scura del trombone, quanto sempre più rari i musicisti che ci si dedicano. È pertanto degno di attenzione questo bel cd di George McMullen, più volte vincitore di un Grammy Awards. Insieme a quattro libere improvvisazioni, sette composizioni originali del leader impreziosiscono le vorticose trame di una avvincente proposta, in bilico ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra: Farewell

Read "Farewell" reviewed by Dave Wayne

I am beginning to wonder if every jazz musician has, in some dark corner of their psyche, a suppressed ambition to lead a big band. Economically unfeasible, logistically impossible--but artistically gratifying--a big band is perhaps the ultimate way to make manifest one's greatest musical ambitions. You get to conduct, pick your own solos, compose and arrange ...

Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra: Artistry

Read "Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra: Artistry" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Artistry, the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra pays homage to one of Richmond's former employers, the legendary Stan Kenton, not by rehashing music performed by the Kenton Orchestra--no matter how forward-leaning that may have been--but rather by renovating a few themes associated with Kenton (and quite a few others that weren't) in the manner in ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

Read "Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Daren Burns Releases First Solo Album "Fear Is Not The Natural State Of Civilized People” On Urban Nerds Records, Features Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

Daren Burns Releases First Solo Album "Fear Is Not The Natural State Of Civilized People” On Urban Nerds Records, Features Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

Bassist, composer and educator Daren Burns (John “Drumbo” French of Captain Beefheart) has released Fear is not the Natural State of Civilized People, on Urban Nerds Records, a label Burns founded in 2009. Burns’ first solo album of original instrumental material, this intense and expressive 4-part suite realizes a creative path that began in 2006. The recording highlights Burns' unique ...

The Vinny Golia Octet: Music for Baritone Saxophone

Read "The Vinny Golia Octet: Music for Baritone Saxophone" reviewed by Robert Bush

Vinny Golia Octet

Music For Baritone Saxophone

Nine Winds Records

2011

Woodwind multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia has been both the beacon and a touchstone for the West Coast free improvising community, particularly in Los Angeles, for over 30 years. Golia started his Nine Winds label in 1977, as a vehicle for ...

NEWS: EVENT

Daren Burns' Onibaba to play Tophest 2011, a benefit to help LA Musician Chris Spilsbury, March 25th

Daren Burns' Onibaba to play Tophest 2011, a benefit to help LA Musician Chris Spilsbury, March 25th

Daren Burns ensemble, Onibaba is slated to play Tophest 2011, a benefit to help LA musician Christopher Spilsbury raise funds to pay his medical expenses for a car accident he was involved in last December 2010. Also appearing that night will be Los Angeles jazz musicians, Otmaro Ruiz and Joe LaBarbera and DJ Christoforo LaBarbera. Onibaba is ...