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Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band

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Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions
Smalls
March 31, 2018

To assist with his investigation into tenor traditions, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery formed a full-thrust front line with Marcus Strickland and George Garzone, surely one of the most vibrant teams possible around current NYC clubland. The quintet was completed by bassist Yasushi ...

Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Zilber: Originals For the Originals

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Saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber is better known by fellow musicians than by the jazz public, this is an unfortunate truth. The Vancouver, B.C., native moved to Boston in his late teens, then to New York City to begin his musical odyssey. Musicians there recognized his prodigious talent, resulting in recordings with jazz royalty such as Dizzy Gillespie, ...

Robin Eubanks + Mental Images: kLassik rocK vol. 1

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While jazz purists like to think that the artists they love have always been into jazz and nothing else, the truth is often more than a little different: not only have most jazz artists who grew up in the '60s and beyond been unalterably impacted by more than just the jazz music of their time, but ...

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: American Adventure

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Sometimes an idea seems great on paper, but in execution doesn't exactly work out as planned. Other times, that same idea doesn't just look great, it actually exceeds already high expectations. When saxophonist Tommy Smith--almost single-handedly responsible for rebuilding a modern jazz scene in his home country of Scotland, where he returned after studying at Boston's ...

The Artistry of the Standard

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On the homepage of Misha Tsiganov's website is a quote that reads “Falling in love with jazz is exactly like falling in love with a person... Except with jazz you never get over it..." This quote serves as an appropriate introduction for the Russian-born pianist's Criss Cross debut, The Artistry of the Standard. On this album ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Berkman: Anecdotes

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[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

David Berkman is a jazz pianist who in the past few decades has played with many of the major names in jazz, including Tom Harrell, Cecil McBee, and the Vanguard Orchestra. He has released a number of CDs on the Palmetto ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Conrad Herwig: There's Nothing Else

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Talking about some of his great influences in jazz, Conrad Herwig points out that it's important to look beyond their achievements on their instruments. “Sometimes during a musician's lifetime, people put so much emphasis on their virtuosity as a player that they don't really think about the vehicle of their expression--their compositions." Herwig was speaking of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trombonist/Composer Andy Hunter Releases New CD "Think Like a Mountain"

Trombonist/Composer Andy Hunter Releases New CD "Think Like a Mountain"

The new Andy Hunter album, Think Like a Mountain, will be released October 30th, 2012.   The album features Alex Sipiagin on Trumpet, Jason Marshall on Baritone Saxophone, Dave Kikoski on Fender Rhodes, Boris Kozlov on Bass, and of course, the writing, arranging, and Trombone voice of Andy Hunter. About Andy Hunter: Andy Hunter is an exciting, bold musician ...

Brandon Wright: Boiling Point

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It's never a bad thing when an artist emerges with a collection of more original music than remakes of standards. And when the covers are unique arrangements, or of songs not copied ad nauseam, so much the better, as is the case with saxophonist Brandon Wright's Boiling Point.

Wright, originally from Woodcliff Lake, New ...