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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andrew Lamb: Rhapsody in Black

Read "Rhapsody in Black" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'etichetta lituana No Business Records continua ad arricchire un catalogo tra i più interessanti in circolazione con una perla dietro l'altra. E questo Rhapsody in Black non fa eccezione. Nella composizione del quartetto che ha dato alle stampe lo splendido CD spicca la presenza delle due batterie di Michael Wimberly e di Guillermo E. Brown, preludio apparentemente inevitabile a fuochi ...

Andrew Lamb: Rhapsody In Black

Read "Rhapsody In Black" reviewed by John Sharpe

In spite of a more than three decades on the New York City front line, saxophonist Andrew Lamb remains something of an unknown quantity. Over that time he has amassed only eight leadership dates, the majority on small independent labels. To that total can be added Rhapsody In Black, a live blowing session from 2008 which ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival: Days 2-3, June 6-7, 2011

Read "Vision Festival: Days 2-3, June 6-7, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe

Day 1 | Days 2-3 | Day 4 | Days 5-6 | Day 7
Vision Festival
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY

June 6-7, 2011

Having two stage areas allowed the Vision Festival organizers to minimize changeover times by programming consecutive performances alternately, between the main hall and the downstairs theater. Breathless ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Yuganaut: Sharks

Read "Sharks" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It is somewhat easy to be fooled, by the playfulness of Yuganaut's musicians, into thinking that Sharks is a flippant album. So, as rapidly as the thought occurs let it perish. The music on this album is deep as the ocean of sound from where it comes, and the musicians do a fine job of exploring ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Lost & Found

Read "Lost & Found" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Tom Abbs is a multi-instrumentalist who, besides violin and didgeridoo, plays bass, tuba and cello on this CD. He has enlivened the free jazz scene in New York, not only through his collaborations with Cooper-Moore and Steve Swell among others, but with his music as well. He thinks with a vivid imagination and as such injects ...

Tom Abbs and Frequency Response: Lost + Found

Read "Lost + Found" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Rarely does a recording's clarity of purpose come through in one listening, but bassist Tom Abbs and Frequency Response's Lost + Found fits the bill. The significance of this record originates in the brevity of each of bassist Abbs' eighteen pieces--lasting, on average, only slightly over three minutes, with the longest being six and the shortest ...

Tom Abbs: Lost & Found

Read "Lost & Found" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It is possible to respond to Tom Abbs & Frequency Response's Lost & Found with eyes wide shut, ears completely unlocked and a body ready to leap up and dance to some of its eighteen randomly arranged musical fragments. There is a cerebral angle here, most likely deliberate on the part of the artist. It has ...

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Lost + Found

Read "Lost + Found" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Frequency Response's third outing is a study in diversity via a stylistic group sound that touches upon many genres. Cellist/tubaist Tom Abbs is the director of operations throughout a program that integrates chamber jazz, free jazz, and noise-shaping activities amid many other shades of Western song forms.

The group abides by a structured approach ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

A New Dawn: Self Produced Artists In The Digital Age

Read "A New Dawn: Self Produced Artists In The Digital Age" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If musicians were instead writers or visual artists, their self-produced recordings would fall under the valued category of chapbook or artist book. In this 21st century, musicians are able to produce studio quality digital music with very inexpensive tools and software. They can also create a traditional manufactured product, printed and packaged, yet often they eschew ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Bassist/Composer Tom Abbs Interviewed at AAJ

Bassist/Composer Tom Abbs Interviewed at AAJ

Bassist, composer and film-maker Tom Abbs has enlivened not only the ensembles in which he has played, but also the New York City free jazz scene with his brand of musical activism, through the Jump Arts Foundation. An accomplished instrumentalist on tuba as well as bass, he has collaborated with downtown stalwarts Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, ...


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