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Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: The Falling Dream

Read "The Falling Dream" reviewed by Jack Bowers

No, the San Francisco-based Electric Squeezebox Orchestra does not come with accordions attached. It does, however, come with a well-developed eye for harmony and rhythm, an inflexible group dynamic and a number of perceptive soloists, all of which serve to make the ensemble's second album, The Falling Dream, a pleasure to hear.

The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Denson Quartet: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Quartetto classico con piano, contrabbasso e batteria, questo a nome del compositore e contrabbassita Jeff Denson si distingue per la presenza come fiato di un fagotto, strumento decisamente atipico, nelle mani di Paul Hanson. Questa particolarità caratterizza un lavoro per il resto abbastanza convenzionale, incentrato perlopiù su ritmi molto serrati e composto interamente da brani originali ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet

Read "Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

An assortment of striking jazz/improvisation recordings. Three of them are piano trios--each with their own unique character--but two of them have no piano, or any other harmonic instrument.

Rich Halley 5
The Outlier
Pine Eagle Records
2016

Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley's longstanding quartet with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Denson Quartet: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The immediate standout feature of Jeff Denson's group is that he uses a bassoon as the reed instrument. That gives an interesting twist to the quartet's sound.

Denson's compositions are a free-ranging mix of fast-paced progressive jazz and pretty ballads. The nimble, woody tone of Paul Hanson's bassoon gives an intellectual feel to the ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Renowned Jazz Bassist / Composer / Educator / Community Activist Jeff Denson Spearheads Ridgeway Arts, Inc. New Non-Profit Serving Bay-Area Jazz Scene

Renowned Jazz Bassist / Composer / Educator / Community Activist Jeff Denson Spearheads Ridgeway Arts, Inc. New Non-Profit Serving Bay-Area Jazz Scene

Renowned bassist/composer/educator/community activist Jeff Denson and a small group of colleagues have formed Ridgeway Arts, Inc—a multi-faceted San Francisco Bay Area-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Two years in the planning, Ridgeway Arts is built upon a series of initiatives designed to enhance and fortify the Bay Area scene, and to make a strong contribution to the national ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Denson Trio: Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz

Read "Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Part of the beauty and challenge in following the late career recordings of saxophone icon Lee Konitz can be traced to the way he continues to grow and evolve, inspired by the many and varied musicians he works with and, in turn, inspiring them. Anybody who's heard him wildly deconstruct a standard with pianist Dan Tepfer, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Dave Haskell Releases Debut Album, "Pivot Point", Feat. Robben Ford, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip

Guitarist Dave Haskell Releases Debut Album, "Pivot Point", Feat. Robben Ford, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip

The history of jazz is strewn with brilliant players who have inexplicably eluded widespread recognition, flying under the radar of labels, journalists, and fans. But guitarist Dave Haskell’s stealth status over the past two decades isn’t hard to explain. He’s spent most of that time on the move as a commercial pilot, fulfilling a dream that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tessa Souter: Half Moon Bay, February 13, 2011

Read "Tessa Souter: Half Moon Bay, February 13, 2011" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Tessa Souter
Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, California
February 13, 2011

There are times, at the Douglas Beach House (aka the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society), when a singer comes in and subtly moves the audience to a deeper attention than might otherwise be the case. So it was, when jazz vocalist, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Marcus Shelby Orchestra Plays the Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay California

Read "The Marcus Shelby Orchestra Plays the Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay California" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Marcus Shelby
Douglas Beach House
San Francisco
November 15, 2009

Fifteen jazz musicians gathered onstage at the Douglas Beach House (home to the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society) November 15 to perform numbers from Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn as well as original compositions by the orchestra's band leader, Marcus Shelby. The compositions were part ...