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Macuco Quintet: Friendly Signs

Read "Friendly Signs" reviewed by Don Phipps

The Macuco Quartet's joyful and exuberant Friendly Signs suggests a Brazilian seaside or urban landscape where daylight tropical breezes and palm trees sway over a harbor and waves lap gently along a shore lively with music and dancing.

Joel Springer, the composer of all but one of the album's 11 tunes, keeps things on ...

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Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra: Down a Rabbit Hole

Read "Down a Rabbit Hole" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you must venture Down a Rabbit Hole, as Ayn Inserto has done on the first album as leader of her Jazz Orchestra in a decade, it's comforting to encounter in its depths musicians of the caliber of trombonist John Fedchock, tenor saxophonist George Garzone and trumpeter Sean Jones who add luster and bravado to the ...

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Jihye Lee Orchestra: April

Read "April" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On April 16, 2014, the ferry Sewol capsized and sank in South Korea killing more than 300 passengers. In Boston that tragedy inspired Berklee College of Music student and Korean native Jihye Lee to put together the powerful music heard on this CD. Lee has assembled a 20-piece ensemble of Boston area musicians to play music ...

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Bruno Råberg/Phil Grenadier/Allan Chase: For The Unknown

Read "For The Unknown" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bassist Bruno Raberg returns with three-quarters of the quartet from last year's acclaimed Hot Box (Orbis Music, 2015). This outing was based on free improvisations (with extensive electronic sound design by Råberg)--it could be seen as an extension of the two collective improvisations on the previous album. No drums this time, just trumpeter Phil Grenadier, saxophonist ...

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Bruno Raberg: For The Unknown

Read "For The Unknown" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Bruno Raberg's artistry sounds as if it would be a good fit for ECM Records. His music has a drifting elasticity; space is an important component; and his muse has introduced him to electronic sound design--an approach that the Swedish-born, and now Boston-based, performer has embraced.

Raberg's sound is unique. Over the course ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet with Phil Grenadier, Allan Chase and Austin McMahon: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With Hot Box, bassist/composer Bruno Råberg and his quartet (Phil Grenadier on trumpet and flugelhorn, Allan Chase on saxophones and drummer Austin McMahon) have created a very, very cool and quite attractive modern jazz album that will stay in the ear for a long time.

“Cool" here means burning on a low heat, with ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bassist-composer Bruno Råberg leads an adventurous, empathetic pianoless quartet on Hot Box, his seventh recording as a leader. Born in Sweden, he has been living in the U.S. since 1981, and is a professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His collaborations with trumpeter Phil Grenadier and saxophonist Allan Chase go back over 10 ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet with Phil Grenadier, Allan Chase and Austin McMahon: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Bruno Råberg and trumpeter Phil Grenadier had previously offered a brilliant duo collection with the 2012 Plunge (Orbis Music) and here--under Råberg's leadership--expand to a quartet formation for the equally imaginative Hot Box. The collection features compositions both by the Swedish born Råberg and group improvised pieces. Unlike the Råberg/Grenadier duo outing, the leader's electronic ...

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Hush Point: Hush Point

Read "Hush Point" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The quartet Hush Point conjures the possibilities of small group hipness. One that quips instead of guffaws, and prefers covertness to the obvious.

Led by John McNeil, this quartet of saxophonist Jeremy Udden, bassist Aryeh Kobrinksy, and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza may be new, but McNeil's sage coolness isn't. The sixty-something trumpeter has been delivering ...

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New England Conservatory's Jazz Studies & Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present Nearly 60 Free Performances For The Spring 2013 Season

New England Conservatory's Jazz Studies & Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present Nearly 60 Free Performances For The Spring 2013 Season

Highlights include Miguel Zenon's Multi-Media Masterpiece: Identities Are Changeable: Tales From The Diaspora Randy Weston with the NEC Jazz Orchestra Faculty Recitalby Fred Hersch and Tanya Kalmanovitch In The Mix - 36 one-hour concerts by exceptional student ensembles – and many more New England Conservatory’s internationally renowned Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation Departments announce nearly 60 free concerts for the ...