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Michael Cox & Pete Mills at Columbus Museum of Art

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Michael Cox & Pete Mills
Columbus Museum of Art
Jazz Master Sessions
Columbus, OH
February 2, 2019

After a week of subzero temperatures, the fierce winter relented for an afternoon. Was the polar vortex's exodus precipitated by an old fashioned saxophone cutting contest? Some in attendance ...

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Dave Rempis / Brandon Lopez / Ryan Packard: The Early Bird Gets

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The trio of saxophonist Dave Rempis, bassist Brandon Lopez, and drummer Ryan Packard have released their debut recording The Early Bird Gets without devising a name for the trio. Packard, like his fellow Chicagoan Tim Daisy, is a percussionist, composer, and sound artist. He is a member of Rempis' Chicago-based Gunwale, along with Albert Wildeman. With ...

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Zlatko Kaućić: Diversity

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This 5-CD box Diversity was produced to honor Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaučič's 40 years in music. It is many things, but what it is not, is a career retrospective. How could it be? For quite awhile the drummer was a nomad, moving to Barcelona in 1976, then Amsterdam where he absorbed the new Dutch swing. His ...

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Anders Svanoe: 747 Queen Of The Skies: State Of The Baritone Vol. 3

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Recall a common theme you would hear on an episode of Star Trek, the 1960s television show, not the fatuous films and modern remakes. Captain Kirk would order “more power Mr Scott," and the reply always was, “I've giv'n her all she's got captain, an' I canna give her no more." The same lines come to ...

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Mark Lomax II's 400: An Afrikan Epic at Lincoln Theatre

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Mark Lomax II
Lincoln Theatre
400: An Afrikan Epic Premier
Columbus, OH
January 26, 2019

Dr. Mark Lomax II had a problem. He was to premier his creation 400: An Afrikan Epic to a sold out audience at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, but to do so, he ...

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Atomic: Pet Variations

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The Scandinavian supergroup Atomic has always pushed back against “tradition," be it the customary sound of Nordic jazz or--maybe more importantly--what most believe to be the avant-garde. Each member has a thriving career outside the quintet: bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten with The Young Mothers, The Thing, Rempis Percussion Quartet, and his own trio and quartets, drummer ...

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Jason Palmer: Rhyme And Reason

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You may wish you had paid more attention in your high school chemistry class, because listening to Rhyme And Reason by trumpeter Jason Palmer calls to mind the description of the nucleus of an atom. Spinning and spinning, various protons and neutrons are both attracted and held off by each other. Same can be said of ...

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Tony Monaco: The Definition of Insanity

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Did you order it? Somebody ordered the party platter, because B3 maestro Tony Monaco is delivering. His music is for all intents and purposes a celebration. With The Definition of Insanity, a reference to doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, he confesses to be under the influence of the ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Harder On The Outside

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Sometimes a single track can satisfy an album's worth of listening. You get that feeling with “People be Talking," the first song on Jon Lundbom's ninth release with his band Big Five Chord. His quintet packs everything into this kitchen sink composition. The piece is jazz-and-not-jazz, like Miles Davis affected in his transitional years between his ...

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James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

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The revolution will not be televised. Those words by Gil Scott-Heron from 1970 are more relevant to today's jazz revolution than any time since the mid-1990s, when conservatively-dressed youngsters mimicked the post-bop of the 1960s and were promoted as liberators. More recently, the touted saviors rehash a quasi-spiritual fusion that stands in for à la mode ...