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Unhinged Sextet: Don't Blink

Read "Don't Blink" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Unhinged Sextet is a strong candidate for the best band you'll never hear in a live performance. The members of this cooperative ensemble are spread out across the country, earning their daily bread by training the next generation of musicians, with an emphasis on jazz studies, at various universities. They join forces for brief periods in ...

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Unhinged Sextet: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The mainstream of jazz could use more recordings like Clarity, a recently released venture by the cooperative Unhinged Sextet. On every track there's something genuinely enjoyable and thought provoking going on, yet the disc doesn't suffer from information overload. The sense of excessive exertion, overt athleticism, sanctimonious references to key points of the jazz tradition--not to ...

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Unhinged Sextet: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The debut recording from one of the most exciting new groups around, Clarity documents a boppish session of straight ahead traditional jazz delivered by the Unhinged Sextet, a well-seasoned cast of players from all corners of the country who have joined forces for this dynamic recording. Led by pianist Michael Kocour, Director of Jazz Studies at ...

Two OA2 Records Releases Featuring Pianist Michael Kocour

Read "Two OA2 Records Releases Featuring Pianist Michael Kocour" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Two recent releases from OA2 Records feature piano playing and production by Michael Kocour, a longtime member of the Chicago jazz scene (and a regular sideman with the late James Moody and Benny Golson). He has been director of jazz studies at Arizona State University since 2004.

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Northwest +1: Minor Suggestions

Read "Minor Suggestions" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Northwest + 1 is a group of five jazz musicians, all educators that were brought together in a routine guest artist appearance at Spokane Falls Community College in June of 2013, by trumpeter/educator Kevin Woods. Woods along with his SFCC colleague pianist Danny McCollum, assembled a rhythm section of Washington's finest with Jon Hamar on bass ...

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Saxophonist Steve Treseler Releases Center Song Featuring Ingrid Jensen

Saxophonist Steve Treseler Releases Center Song Featuring Ingrid Jensen

Saxophonist Steve Treseler's new release, Center Song, is a portrait of the Pacific Northwest cultural scene. Joined by B.C.-born, New York-based trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, Center Song reunites the rhythm section of Treseler's 2008 album, Resonance — pianist Dawn Clement, guitarist Chris Spencer, bassists Jon Hamar (on double bass) and Dean Schmidt (electric) and drummer Steve Korn ...

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Jon Hamar: Hymn

Read "Hymn" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Seattle bassist Jon Hamar's third release as a leader is an intimate and collaborative effort. The textured harmonies with hints of western Classical influences that are heard on his prior CDs have further matured on Hymn, thanks, in no small part, to his choice of sidemen.

Reed multi-instrumentalist Todd DelGiudice (a past collaborator ...

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Jon Hamar: Hymn

Read "Hymn" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Origin Arts bassist Jon Hamar effects an intimate trio with alto saxophonist Todd DelGiudice and pianist Geoffrey Keezer on Hymn. Heard most recently, prior to this date, on Richard Cole's Inner Mission (Origin Records, 2007), Hamar's Hymn is heavy on introspective yet muscular originals, as Hamar also chooses some sturdy standards upon which to improvise.