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Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

Read "Topics in American History" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Don't let the album's title fool you. Guitarist/composer Chris Jentsch's Topics In American History isn't a disguised syllabus for a college seminar. Jentsch's liner notes reveal an abiding interest in American history, but his modus operandi is to use pivotal aspects of the nation's past as springboards for creative, immersive music. Although using just a nine-piece ...

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Annie Chen Octet: Secret Treetop

Read "Secret Treetop" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Over the years, jazz has widened its horizons to encompass a broad range of music that many of those who practiced and/or appreciated the more traditional forms might not recognize, let alone endorse. Among the more recent genres is “world music," which embodies various rhythmic and harmonic elements of jazz without assimilating its core values. On ...

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Dan Pugach: Plus One

Read "Plus One" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this debut CD, drummer Dan Pugach shows himself to be a composer and arranger who has mastered the art of making a group sound much bigger than it is. His nonet plays intricate and soulful jazz with the punch of a much bigger band.

Pugach is very good at using brawny up-tempo rhythms. ...

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David Smith Quintet: Impetus

Read "Impetus" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

La registrazione analogica di Impetus -terzo disco del David Smith Quintet -valorizza pienamente gli aspetti performativi del gruppo conferendo al sound un respiro “naturale," in cui la musicalità si abbina alla precisione esecutiva e l'ariosità delle melodie dà spunto ad ispirati parti solistiche.
La band guidata dal trombettista canadese David Smith, naturalizzato newyorkese, sa inanellare ...

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John Yao: Flip-Flop

Read "Flip-Flop" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On his 2012 debut, trombonist John Yao navigated multiple complex territories ranging from the experimental to traditional balladry. A regular presence on the New York scene, Yao has worked with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Having absorbed those big band sensibilities, Yao graduates from his inaugural quintet to a seventeen-piece ensemble. ...

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John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument: Flip-Flop

Read "Flip-Flop" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Music aside, you have to love the name of this band: John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument. Now there's confidence with a capital C! Yao, a New York City-based trombonist who arrived there from his native Chicago more than a decade ago, has more recently turned his hand to composing and arranging. Yao writes with the ...

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Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open 2013-2014 Season Opens On October 19 With Bklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble + Works!

Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open 2013-2014 Season Opens On October 19 With Bklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble + Works!

Connection Works, One of the Leaders in the Growing Movement of Artist-run Organizations, Proudly Announces the 2013-14 Season of Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open The distinguished concert, dialogue and workshop series. Now in its seventh season, the series takes place at the Brooklyn Conservatory in Park Slope, Brooklyn Saturday, October 19 @ 8:00 PM
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NYJAZZ Initiative: Mad About Thad

Read "Mad About Thad" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Mad About Thad is a superb homage to the man Charles Mingus once called “Bartók with valves." Thad Jones--middle brother of the Pontiac, Michigan dynasty that produced pianist Hank Jones and his younger brother, drummer Elvin Jones--was one of the true unsung geniuses of the trumpet. He was also less frequently recognized as a composer, except ...

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NYJAZZ Initiative: Mad About Thad

Read "Mad About Thad" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Before moving to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1978, iconic jazz trumpeter Thad Jones was an established New York City jazz legend best known for his co-leadership of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, which enjoyed a twelve-year residency at the renowned Village Vanguard. Mad About Thad is the debut from the NYJAZZ Initiative--a non-profit organization founded in 2008 ...

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NYJAZZ Initiative: Mad About Thad

Read "Mad About Thad" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Twenty five years have come and gone since Thad Jones' passing, but interest in his music has never waned. Audiences composed of faithful fans and those new to his work still flock en masse to the Village Vanguard on Monday nights to witness the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra exploring his legacy on the very stage where the ...