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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 16 - June 9: An Evening of Special Projects

Vision Festival 16 - June 9: An Evening of Special Projects

The special project nights embody the epitome of the festival and the most striking contrast with the pre packaged, off the shelf bloat fests. And the events are thoughtfully timed to allow for movement between performances in the Main Stage and the Downstairs Theater, where the evening begins with the final panel discussion looking to education with seasoned and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

February 2009

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Jeff “Tain" Watts

Jeff “Tain" Watts

Winter Jazzfest

Le Poisson Rouge

New York City January 10, 2009

The big draw of Winter Jazzfest was drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts' midnight set at Le Poisson Rouge Jan. 10th in honor of Max Roach's birthday, with Terence Blanchard (trumpet), Branford Marsalis (tenor and soprano ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Bass String Duos: Dark Wood Explorations and Jonathan Chen Orchestra

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Judith Insell Joe Fonda Duo
Dark Wood Explorations
Self Produced
2008

Jonathan Chen and Tatsu Aoki
Jonathan Chen Orchestra
Asian Improv aRts
2007



Two very different bassists, Joe Fonda and Tatsu Aoki, each pairs with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Gunther Schuller: Heralding Charles Mingus

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Gunther Schuller, one of jazz's foremost scholars, arrangers, composers and conductors, takes the stage with the Mingus Orchestra at New York's Merkin Hall this month. All About Jazz spoke with the octogenarian musical icon about his longstanding association with [bassist/composer] Charles Mingus and his travels through the jazz and classical music genres.

All About ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nomo: New Tones

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The Detroit-based NOMO begins New Tones with the sound of the electric kalimba, leading the listener to believe that they are in for an adventurous musical experience, but as the disc progresses, it takes on the feel of an endless dance track.

To composer/arranger Elliot Bergman's credit, he incorporates electric saw blade, gamelan, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Day and Taxi: Out

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The Swiss Day and Taxi trio was formed in 1988 as a quartet, eventually transforming into the group presently led by and composed for by saxophonist Christoph Gallio. The group is rounded out by bassist Christian Weber and drummer Michael Griener.

At times, this musical offering could be considered a collection of expressionist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Herbie Hancock: The Essential Herbie Hancock

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The Essential Herbie Hancock, a double-CD set spanning a forty-year body of work, presents a sample of Hancock's bold explorations of various jazz styles. The compilation runs in nearly chronological order, highlighting releases on major jazz labels like Blue Note, Columbia and Verve. The track order makes very clear the varying creative avenues that Hancock has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Claudia Quintet: Semi-Formal

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To paraphrase the great Bill Evans, “jazz is not so much a style, but a process of making music. John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet is deeply immersed in this process. Semi-Formal is an interesting synergy of improvisation, Steve Reich-like minimalism and changing moods effected by varying grooves: techno rave drums, pseudo and authentic hip-hop, and polyrhythmic patterns. ...

Big Band: Live in Molde, Rhapsody in Blue, Pola

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Chick Corea and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
Live in Molde
MNJ
2006

Michel Camilo
Rhapsody in Blue
Telarc
2006

Now Orchestra with Marilyn Crispell
Pola
Victo
2005 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Kisor Quintet: This is Ryan

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This is Ryan continues to confirm that trumpeter Ryan Kisor is more than a “young lion, a label he received after winning the Thelonious Monk Competition back in 1990. At the still young age of 32, he is continuing in the tradition of the modal-minded trumpet players who preceded him, sounding like he comes from the ...