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Content by tag "Phil Haynes"

Phil Haynes: Sanctuary

Read "Sanctuary" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Uscito nel 2015 ma registrato a Berlino nel 1999, presso gli studi della SFB e con il supporto di Gebhard Ullmann, questo disco documenta l'attività in solo di Phil Haynes, un tipo di performance piuttosto rara per un batterista ma che al contrario egli ha sempre portato avanti nel corso della sua lunga carriera.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Phil Haynes: Sanctuary

Read "Sanctuary" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Many musicians, at some point, acknowledge a desire that has been building within them --to create music not for anyone else, but for themselves, and, ultimately, by themselves.

Obviously, this is easy for pianists, and more difficult for single-line instruments, but now much more common. Drummer/percussionists, especially in jazz, have different problems. First, of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael McNeill Trio: Flight

Read "Flight" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his second release as a leader Flight pianist Michael McNeill elegantly embellishes his own intricate compositions with bold spontaneity. He imbues the melodic elements of the album with subtle angularity and maintains a strong lyrical sense even while flirting with dissonance.

The contemplative “Za," for instance, has a crystalline harmonic structure within which McNeill ...

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Michael McNeill Trio: Flight

Read "Flight" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Michael McNeill and his trio (bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Phil Haynes) return after Passageways with the marvelous Flight.

The first notes of “Placid Ruffled" indicate McNeill's classical background and compositional intent. The album is extremely well recorded, allowing, at least with headphones, for every overtone and their interactions to be heard clearly (especially ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Phil Haynes No Fast Food: In Concert

Read "In Concert" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Disco doppio registrato dal vivo in due diverse occasioni nel giugno e nell'agosto del 2012, questo lavoro ha nel titolo del progetto, No Fast Food, un emblematico ancorchè metaforico programma: la musica è infatti lontanissima dall'essere preconfezionata e pronta ad essere consumata rapidamente senza attenzione ed è invece costruita attraverso la creativa interazione di un trio ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Phil Haynes: Phil Haynes’ “No Fast Food” Trio: In Concert

Read "Phil Haynes’ “No Fast Food” Trio: In Concert" reviewed by Dave Wayne

No Fast Food In Concert is rife with all sorts of footnotes and fascinating jazz lineages. But, one can simply enjoy it without being a fact-obsessed music nerd such as me; the first track, a truly pretty-but-not-precious waltz titled “Dawn on the Gladys Marie" is evidence enough of the simple universality of great music. There's a ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Phil Haynes’ “No Fast Food” Trio: In Concert (2014)

Read "Phil Haynes’ “No Fast Food” Trio: In Concert (2014)" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

A jazz trio called “No Fast Food" is more likely to appeal to a sophisticated audience rather than attract the legion of average jazz fans, and this album will no doubt appeal to just such serious listeners who will take the time to digest it. Phil Haynes, Dave Liebman, and Drew Gress are seasoned players, all ...

Michael McNeill Trio: Passageways

Read "Passageways" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The rhythm trio is a well-established and ubiquitous format in jazz. Its fluidity and flexibility allow for a wide range of expression from traditional to advanced with the majority of recordings being solidly in the mainstream. Pianist Michael McNeill's exhilarating and innovative debut recording Passageways pushes the harmonic boundaries of the ensemble into unique and intriguing ...

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Michael McNeill Trio: Passageways

Read "Passageways" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Michael McNeill's debut as a leader introduces a fresh perspective to the popular piano trio format. His compositions don't progress in a linear manner, nor do they strive to settle on time-tested harmonic or rhythmic structures; instead, they insistently explore the sonic possibilities within the immediate, fragile and equal interplay that the Buffalo, NY-based pianist-composer has ...

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Michael McNeill With Drew Gress & Phil Haynes Tonight In Brooklyn

Michael McNeill With Drew Gress & Phil Haynes Tonight In Brooklyn

Michael McNeill’s trio with the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Phil Haynes explores the pianist’s original compositions, which range from lyrical ballads, to hard-driving jazz, to avant-garde soundscapes. Gress and Haynes are a seasoned rhythm team — their collaboration goes back nearly three decades, and they appear together on some 18 albums — and with McNeill they push and pull the pianist’s ...