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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer: Book Of Water

Read "Book Of Water" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Boston based guitarist and rising star Eric Hofbauer obviously isn't afraid of challenges. But then again, no musician/artist should be if they wish to leave a mark. The compositional intent at first come across rather lofty: a five part, multi-ensemble project interpreting wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, namely the five pillars of Chinese philosophy understood ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer's Five Agents: Book Of Water

Read "Book Of Water" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This CD marks the beginning of an ambitious project for guitarist Eric Hofbauer, five connected recordings based on the Chinese philosophical construct of the Five Agents, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each of these recordings is to have a different instrumental lineup, but for this first one, Book Of Water, he uses an explosive jazz ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Samantha Boshnack: A Musical World Without Boundaries

Read "Samantha Boshnack: A Musical World Without Boundaries" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of Seattle has an eclectic relationship with jazz historically, in terms of innovation and embracing the notion of music without boundaries, of musical communities interacting and supporting each other. Samantha Boshnack fits perfectly into that musical paradigm. Whether writing and performing with her 14 piece ensemble B'shnorkestra, or in a quintet setting, Boshnack has ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz – Volumes 1 & 2

Read "Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz – Volumes 1 & 2" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

With sure workmanship and untamed inquisitiveness, Boston-based guitarist Eric Hofbauer is no stranger to confronting unusual yet stimulating music. Examples include 2008's uncharacteristic guitar duo The Lady of Khartoum with Garrison Fewell or the striking American solo series--American Vanity (2004), American Fear (2010) and American Grace (2013)--which crossed distinctive terrains of improvisation and covers of iconic ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Outpost 186 March Highlights: Jacob William

Outpost 186 March Highlights: Jacob William

Jacob William returns his Para Quintet to Outpost 186 on Saturday March 24th after an interlude of gigs in other dubious roosts. Now that he is once more in the cozier confines of the Outpost, free of the concerns attending tavern work, he'll shine at his usual level of dazzle with his astute and earnest compadres. Laurence Cook will once ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Charlie Kohlhase Launches an Outpost 186 Exploration for February

Charlie Kohlhase Launches an Outpost 186 Exploration for February

After a dismal 2011, in which the Explorers Club only performed once, Boston's beloved cranky yankee polishes his battery of saxophones and follows the groundhog out of midwinter torpor. Over the course of the unrolling spring, saxophonist/composer Charlie Kohlhase will oversee mid month explorations in Inman Squares favorite back yard gallery, Outpost 186. Starting on Thursday, February 16th, a new line ...

NEWS: EVENT

Downtown Boston's Jazz Swarms for Jazz Week from JazzBoston

Downtown Boston's Jazz Swarms for Jazz Week from JazzBoston

Ken Field graciously shared his sense of the role of swarming. It really turns on the reappearance of music in the public square without the conventions of venue performance. "Since the earliest days of my musical career I have always been attracted to the choral and contrapuntal sound of multiple iterations of the same instrument. Decades ago, when I was asked ...