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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

The Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle's most anticipated and community oriented jazz event, will take place May 17-20, and will headline legendary saxophonist, Chico Freeman. Dubbed three decades ago as one of the “young lions" of jazz for his participation in recordings with other "stars to be," such as Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, and Paquito D'Rivera, Freeman's career has established ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Insufficient Funs: Insufficient Funs

Read "Insufficient Funs" reviewed by Ian Patterson

An original name, if not quite such an original concept. Saxophone and drum duets used to be as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth, with John Coltrane and Rashied Ali's 1960s collaboration always the benchmark. In recent years, however, this striking duo combination has seen something of a boom. Charles Lloyd and Billy Higgins; Dave Rempis ...

Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny

Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A good chunk of the jazz-consuming public first became aware of Cuong Vu's virtuoso trumpet playing via his work with the Pat Metheny Group during the 2000s. For those of us already familiar with Vu's work, the move seemed a bit out-of-character, as the young trumpeter was a prominent player in the hyper-adventurous downtown NYC scene ...

Bad Luck: Bloodroot

Read "Bloodroot" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Available as a download only, Bad Luck's Bloodroot is a fine example of the extremely powerful and virtuosic, cutting-edge music coming out of Seattle these days. Sure, drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch make an unholy racket for much of the track's generous twenty-plus minutes duration, yet a determined sense of focus is quite palpable: ...

NEWS: EVENT

PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater Presents Cuong Vu, October 26

PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater Presents Cuong Vu, October 26

PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival in partnership with The Mission Theater, along with The Crystal Hotel and our media sponsor KMHD Radio, is set to continue the PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater series with Cuong Vu on Wednesday, October 26th at 8pm. The world renowned Vietnamese trumpeter will be performing ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rich Pellegrin Quintet: Three-Part Odyssey

Read "Three-Part Odyssey" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

What a strange, compelling, often circuitous trip Three-Part Odyssey is. Pianist/composer/bandleader Rich Pellegrin has collected a youthful quintet of Seattle's boldest and most energetic musicians for his debut CD--73 minutes of audacious grooves inside a set of freewheeling compositions that showcase each band member's individual virtuosic prowess without abandoning the collective mood.

Along with the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Cuong Vu: Cooking in Seattle

Read "Cuong Vu: Cooking in Seattle" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Returning to home town Seattle after 15 years on the east coast has been a good move for trumpeter Cuong Vu judging by the outstanding music on these three CDs and the movement he has largely inspired in Seattle's young creative musicians. Bassist Luke Bergman is a constant on these recordings, adding new depth to Vu's ...

Speak: Speak

Read "Speak" reviewed by John Barron

The Seattle-based quintet Speak explores a multitude of musical moods with their eponymous recording debut. An exemplary model of genre-defying music, the disc features original compositions that delve into odd-metered progressive rock grooves and spontaneous bursts of improvised sound that are at times explosive.

The opening cut “Amalgam in the Middle" makes anthemic pronouncements with an ...

Saxophone and drum duets: Cyrillic; Through The Fire; Bad Luck

Read "Saxophone and drum duets: Cyrillic; Through The Fire; Bad Luck" reviewed by John Sharpe







Dave Rempis/Frank Rosaly
Cyrillic
482 Music
2009

Famoudou Don Moye/Eliel Sherman Storey
Through The Fire
AECO Records
2008

Chris Icasiano/Neil Welch
Bad Luck
Belle Records
2009 ...


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