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NEWS: RECORDING

Marc Halbheer's 5th Edition "confidence In Symmetry" Release Speptember 30th 2013 On Texit Music / Cadiz Music

Marc Halbheer's 5th Edition "confidence In Symmetry" Release Speptember 30th 2013 On Texit Music / Cadiz Music

Texit Music is proud to present the release of the cd CONFIDENCE IN SYMMETRY by Marc Halbheer's 5th Edition. Halbheer introduces a quintet with eminent personalities of the legendary Vienna Art Orchestra and the inventive guitarist Christy Doran. 5th Edition is the first band that plays Marc Halbheer’s work as a composer and arranger. He explains: “The desire to play ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet: Voyagers

Read "Voyagers" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Trumpeter Michaela Rabitsch and guitarist Robert Pawlik's partnership spans fifteen years and, until now, three joint recordings. Their fourth recording presents another offering of all-originals, following Moods (Extrapolate, 2009), and is inspired by tours of Europe, Asia and Africa. Melody and groove are firmly to the forefront, evoking Balkan, Spanish and Arabic moods, as well as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marshall Gilkes: Sound Stories

Read "Sound Stories" reviewed by Dave Wayne

One thing evident from the outset of Marshall Gilkes' Sound Stories: this is a band that impresses with the sheer force of its Herculean chops and unbridled, ceaseless energy. Juilliard-educated and currently residing in Cologne, Germany, Gilkes is one of the most impressive young jazz trombonists to emerge in the last few years. Given the crop ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Let's Give Thanks for the DVD

Read "Let's Give Thanks for the DVD" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As there isn't much to report--well, nothing, actually--about big bands this month, I'll use the space to say a few words in praise of the DVD. Yes, I know there aren't a whole lot of jazz DVDs on the market, especially big band videos, but there are a few, and I'm grateful for every one of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Robert Bachner Big Band: Moments of Noise

Read "Moments of Noise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the title suggests, there are Moments of Noise on Austrian trombonist Robert Bachner's debut album as leader of his own big band, but they are always purposeful, never arbitrary, and are staunchly tempered by moments of beauty, awareness and sensitivity. And as noise is one of the requisite components of any big band, neither are ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Robert Bachner Quintet: Heart Disc

Read "Heart Disc" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Austrian low brass expert Robert Bachner is best known for his contributions to Matthias Ruegg's Vienna Art Orchestra, the similarly inclined (but less well-known) Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra, and bassist Achim Tang's quintet. In each of these settings, the consistent and inspired excellence of Bachner's trombone and euphonium improvisations have clearly marked him as a player ...