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Adam Schneit Band: Light Shines In

Read "Light Shines In" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

For several years, saxophonist Adam Schneit has been making the rounds as a first-call sideman other than co-leading Old Time Musketry and this talented quartet, instilled with his impressive compositional skills. Here, the musicians' venture into the outside realm while dishing out more conventional fare during various phases or movements. For example, the opener “A Clearer ...

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Quinsin Nachoff: Flux

Read "Flux" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Canadian-reared, New York City-based saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff summons a meeting of some very bright musical minds on this stirring quartet date. Rounded out by heralded modern era musicians, saxophonist David Binney, keyboardist Matt Mitchell and drummer Kenny Wolleson, the band erects a cunning bridge between structured and melodic thematic ventures with traditional jazz values and free-flowing ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Bill Frisell's "Guitar in the Space Age" at the Blue Note

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Bill Frisell
Blue Note
New York, NY
October 4, 2016

It's one month before what is shaping up to be an epochal presidential election; the national mood is tense, nerves are fraying, anxiety is high. And just in the nick of time, here comes guitarist Bill Frisell to save our sanity! He's ...

On Kaa Davis: X-Ray Search Light Project: Djuke Music

Read "X-Ray Search Light Project: Djuke Music" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Though he's logged considerable time in Sun Ra's Arkestra, Kenny Wolleson's Himalayas Collective, and groups led by Donald Ayler, Charles 'Bobo' Shaw, and Luther Thomas, On Kaa Davis is not just another avant-garde jazz dude. As a teenager, the Cleveland, Ohio native journeyed to Vienna, Austria, where he studied classical guitar at the Hochschule for Music ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Julian Lage Trio at Signal Kitchen

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The Julian Lage Trio
Signal Kitchen
Burlington, Vermont
May 9, 2016

Burlington Vermont's Signal Kitchen offered the Julian Lage trio a more confined, but ostensibly more hip atmosphere than the venue of the guitarist's last visit to Vermont when he played the assembly hall of a church outside the Queen City. ...

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NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

NYC Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 13-17, 2016

If you make the rounds in New York City on any night of the week, during any week of the year, there's always an abundance of quality jazz to hear. But when NYC Winter Jazzfest takes hold, the cup truly runneth over. This massive ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jessica Jones Quartet: Moxie

Read "Moxie" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Moxie is both an extension of tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones' previous work and a glimpse back to an earlier point in her career: she continues to explore the possibilities inherent in a piano-less quartet with a two-tenor front line while reuniting with a rhythm duo that she worked with in the '80s--bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer ...

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The Lost Trio: Monkwork

Read "Monkwork" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the academic world, it's not unusual for someone to devote their scholarly energies to the study of a single, galvanizing individual and their life's work. Take Abraham Lincoln, for instance: the number of college professors and independent historians who've devoted their lives to thinking, speaking, and writing about Honest Abe is simply astounding. A similar ...

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The Julian Lage Trio at Richmond Congregational Church

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The Julian Lage Trio
Congregational Church
Richmond, Vermont
February 15, 2015

Striding from the vestibule to the stage of this tiny house of worship, The Julian Lage Trio were afforded a hearty round of applause, which was just a precursor to further acclamation in the form of whoops and hollers that ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Vinnie Sperrazza: Apocryphal

Read "Vinnie Sperrazza: Apocryphal" reviewed by Dave Wayne

An understated but highly-skilled and insanely versatile drummer in the vein of Kenny Wolleson, Jeff Hirshfield, and Paul Motian, Vinnie Sperrazza has been turning up on all sorts of interesting recordings over the past half-decade or so. Co-leader of 40Twenty with Jacob Sacks, Jacob Garchik, and Dave Ambrosio, Sperrazza is also in a trio with Sacks ...