Content by tag "Focus"

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Focus: 11

Read "11" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

If the artwork looks familiar, yes, it's by Roger Dean who created album cover artwork for progressive rock icons, Yes, Gentle Giant, Uriah Heep and other notables. Dean continues his phantasmagoric images via his work for this pivotal 1970s and 80s Dutch prog unit, Focus for its 11th studio album, featuring founder Thijs van Leer (keys, ...

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John Wojciechowski: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Every now and then you encounter a musician who has it together in so many ways, yet has largely managed to avoid national recognition. Saxophonist John Wojciechowski is one such player.

While those with strong enough memories might recall that the Michigan-bred Wojciechowski took third place--behind Jon Gordon and Jimmy Greene--at the 1996 ...

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Kendall Moore: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trombonist and composer Kendall Moore's debut, Focus, exhibits remarkable maturity and an exquisite harmonic sense. The six originals are intricately constructed and orchestrated in intriguing patterns. Each one is imbued with an individualized mood and varying degrees of dramatic tension.

The cinematic “Fellowship" opens with pianist Angelo Versace's sparse haunting keystrokes. The ensemble's languid, ...

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Kendall Moore: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Chicago native Kendall Moore is a trombonist and composer currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami and has been part of South Florida's vibrant jazz scene for some time. Forging a career that has enabled him to perform with such icons as Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Heath ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dutch Rock Legends Focus To Undertake Worldwide Tour In Support Of Forthcoming CD Release "Focus X"

Dutch Rock Legends Focus To Undertake Worldwide Tour In Support Of Forthcoming CD Release "Focus X"

London, UK - Much to the excitement of music fans across the planet, Dutch rock legends Focus will be undertaking a worldwide tour beginning November 2012 in support of their forthcoming CD 'Focus X'. With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock ...

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Marc Cary: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by John Kelman

Some artists catch an early break. Others struggle to get onto the public's radar, despite great talent and stylistic range. It's curious that keyboardist Marc Cary hasn't caught on. His work with artists including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, vibraphonist Stefon Harris and singer Abbey Lincoln suggests that he's well-respected by his peers and considered capable of just ...

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Donald Walden and the Detroit Jazz Orchestra: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before appraising the music on saxophonist Donald Walden's new album, Focus, we should first consider the “truth in advertising" issue. Webster's defines an orchestra as “a group of instrumentalists including especially string players [emphasis mine] organized to perform ensemble music." Walden's “orchestra" has no strings attached, and in fact is actually an octet. That's correct, a ...

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Arthur Blythe: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

After what many considered a dry period in the early 1990s, Arthur Blythe gently began his return to alto prominence through exotic collaborations with cellist David Eyges and mallets player Gust William Tsilis. Focus presents one of his most unusual ensembles since the early '80s tuba/cello/guitar quintet. The sparse, foreign sound of this new quartet takes ...

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Arthur Blythe: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by Jon Wagner

Arthur Blythe has been busy. He has a new recording, and last month completed a stint with his quartet at the Jazz Standard. Blythe is living in his hometown San Diego again, so NYC jazz fans jumped at the rare opportunity to see him play live. The band - Blythe on alto, John Hicks on piano, ...

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Thirteen Ways: Focus

Read "Focus" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Focus, the second record by the trio of Fred Hersch, Michael Moore, and Gerry Hemingway, continues with the same emphasis on intimacy and subtlety found on their self-titled debut. To quote from the fifth verse of the Wallace Stevens poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird":

I do not know which to prefer
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