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Fred Hersch Trio: New York, NY, July 19, 2011

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Fred Hersch Trio
The Village Vanguard
New York, NY
July 19, 2011

It's reassuring to see that, within the highly fragmented and divided genre of jazz, a player like Fred Hersch flourishes and pushes the music forward as a modern form. He plays it like it doesn't need an explanation, which is to say ...

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James Farm at the Jazz Standard

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James Farm
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
June 17, 2011

Pianist Aaron Parks snapped the cover photo for the debut album of James Farm (Nonesuch, 2011) on his iPhone, in a moment when the image of a barn reflected in water struck him a certain way. The image is a lovely, spontaneous recorded ...

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Peter Brotzmann: Vision Festival 16, June 8, 2011

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Peter Brötzmann Quartet
Abrons Art Center Main Stage
New York, NY
June 8, 2011

On a hot June night in downtown NYC, the Vision Festival welcomed German tenor saxophonist Peter Brötzmann to the main stage of the Abrons Art Center. Famously nicknamed “Machine Gun" early on in his career by Don Cherry, for ...

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Ted Daniel and Tomasz Stanko: Vision Festival 16, June 7, 2011

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Ted Daniel's International Brass Membrane Society Salute to King Oliver
Abrons Art Center Main Stage
New York, NY
June 7, 2011

Tuesday night at lower Manhattan's Abrons Art Center saw the Festival of New Trumpet team up with the hosting Vision Fest for a night of great music from musicians of all ages, ...

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Lee Konitz: New York, NY June 5, 2011

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Lee Konitz / Bill Frisell / Gary Peacock / Joey Baron
The Blue Note
New York, NY
June 5, 2011

Descriptions of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz often place a little too much weight on his role as a musician of yesteryear. Certainly, Konitz's contributions as one of the first cool players in the bands ...

Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard

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Bill Carrothers Trio
A Night At The Village Vanguard
Pirouet Records
2011

Pianist Bill Carrothers could not have picked a better venue to cut a trio recording in. Whether it's the inimitable acoustics of the Village Vanguard, or simply the sheer number of essential records cut there over the decades ...

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Paul Motian: New York, NY, May 20 2011

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Paul Motian Quartet “Tribute to the MJQ"
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
May 20, 2011

The boundary between past and present in jazz has, over the years, become a source of overwrought debate. The rise of “Tribute" shows at New York City's big name clubs gives ammunition to those who say that jazz ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: New York, NY, May 20, 2011

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Colin Vallon Trio
Rubin Museum of Art
New York, NY
May 20, 2011

New York City's Rubin Museum houses a large collection of fine art from the Himalayans, much of it with religious symbolism. In partnership with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, the museum has also become a home for a series ...

Bastian Weinhold: River Styx

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Drummer Bastian Weinhold recorded River Styx in one day in Brooklyn. It's the young drummer's self-funded debut, though he has already developed a name for himself alongside players such as saxophonists Seamus Blake and Dave Liebman, and the results are exceptional, as Weinhold brings together a series of his own endlessly intriguing charts with a quintet ...

Caym: The Book Of Angels Vol. 17

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Caym

The Book of Angels Vol .17

Tzadik

2011

Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista first encountered composer John Zorn back in the early 1980s. Baptista, who has since gone on to work with everyone from singer Paul Simon to cellist Yo Yo Ma, at the time was only recently arrived ...