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Clark Gibson + Orchestra: Bird with Strings: The Lost Arrangements

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Alto saxophonist Clark Gibson's Bird with Strings: The Lost Arrangements is an ambitious undertaking and, at first glance, a bold statement. Evoking, arguably the greatest jazz musician, saxophonist Charlie Parker is not an easy task.

Gibson, however, is not emulating Parker nor making any stylistic claims to his legacy. He is simply paying homage ...

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Clark Gibson + Orchestra: Bird with Strings: The Lost Arrangements

Read "Bird with Strings: The Lost Arrangements" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The story behind Bird with Strings: The Lost Arrangements is a long one and far too elaborate to dwell on here. Suffice to say that a handful of these arrangements for alto saxophone and small string orchestra, written originally for the incomparable Charlie Parker, have been heard before (albeit by rather small audiences) while most of ...

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Charles McPherson: The Journey

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One of the original bebop artists of our time, alto saxophonist Charles McPherson adds to his legacy and marches through a selection of timely bop-infused material on The Journey, demonstrating his mastery of the idiom by transforming jazz classics into fresh-sounding bop tunes with a blend of originals rolled into one exciting package. Long associated with ...

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Charles McPherson: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by Robert Bush

Alto saxophone legend Charles McPherson has few living peers, but even at the age of 75, he shows no signs of slowing down, a premise well documented with the release of The Journey, his latest recording on the Capri label.

Blistering post-bop remains McPherson's signature, but there is also a modernist streak ...

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Chip Stephens Trio: Chip Stephens Trio: Relevancy

Read "Chip Stephens Trio: Relevancy" reviewed by Carlo Wolff

Chip Stephens is an impeccable technician, a clever, even daring composer, and a restless explorer of melody. Adept at swing and complexity, he unfurls piano lines with a restless authority that marries brawn to delicacy in this collection of originals and transmogrified standards.

Bracketed by a brisk, darting take on Carla Bley's angular “Syndrome" ...

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Chip Stephens Trio: Relevancy

Read "Relevancy" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Chip Stephens' self-penned liner notes to Relevancy are both reflective and pragmatic, dissecting life, touching on the bond between parents and their children, and sussing out the meaning of relevancy in several contexts. This writing reveals a rare balance between the down-to-earth everyman's insight and the profound, so it should come as no surprise then ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013

Read "2013 Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland, OH, April 19 - 27, 2013" reviewed by Matt Marshall

34th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
April 19-April 27, 2013
There was a determined effort by Tri-C JazzFest Managing Director Terri Pontremoli to give this year's event more of a festival atmosphere than it has perhaps enjoyed in years past. For starters, many of the outlying venues, such as the East Cleveland library, a regular ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Origin Records "Human Spirit" 2012 Upcoming Tour Dates.

Origin Records "Human Spirit" 2012 Upcoming Tour Dates.

“...(Human Spirit) pushes forth the definition of the new West Coast jazz..." —C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz October 5 - 6: ANDY'S JAZZ CLUB, CHICAGO, IL 11 E. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 642-6805, 9:30pm Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Mark Taylor (saxophone), Chip Stephens (piano), Matt Ulery (bass) and John Bishop (drums) West Coast Tour Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Mark ...

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Curtis Fuller: Down Home

Read "Down Home" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller was 22 years old when he played on John Coltrane's landmark Blue Train (Blue Note, 1957), and the saxophonist remained best friends with Fuller during the 1950s and '60s. In 2005, the trombonist met saxophonist Keith Oxman, and has since developed a friendship leading to Fuller's favorable comparison of his new friend ...

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Curtis Fuller: Down Home

Read "Down Home" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The trombone can be smoothly seductive, raucous, rasping or cheekily fruity by turn. Curtis Fuller is a master of the instrument, a veteran of six decades of top flight jazz who is still full of creativity as a player and writer. Featuring his regular sextet, Down Home is an absolutely delightful recording--a sophisticated collection of tunes ...