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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Along for the Ride

Read "Along for the Ride" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On the third album as leader of his superlative New York-based Jazz Orchestra, trombonist Pete McGuinness proves again that he is one of the more astute and resourceful composer / arrangers on the scene today. From “Put on a Happy Face" through “One for the Maestro," McGuinness' impressive charts are decorous models of warmth and perception. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Musillami: Life Anthem

Read "Life Anthem" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Guitarist Michael Musillami has been making music with his MM Trio since 2002, when he first teamed up with bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller for Beijing (Playscape, 2003). Subsequent albums, all for the Playscape label Musillami founded and continues to run, have sometimes involved just the trio, while others have brought in guests--standout players ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Landrus: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

«Se qualcuno ti dice che non puoi fare qualcosa, sai proprio che stai facendo qualcosa di speciale». Queste parole di Bob Brookmeyer hanno sostenuto Brian Landrus nella stesura di quest'ambizioso progetto orchestrale, che ha confermato le parole del grande trombonista e arrangiatore, ricevendo generali consensi.

Tutto è iniziato nell'estate del 2014 quando Landrus ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Landrus: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

With Generations baritone saxophonist Brian Landrus has created an ambitious set of music for full orchestra that is based in jazz but also touches on classical music, hip hop and reggae, giving prominent position to instruments like harp and vibraphone to give his ensemble an airy, spacious sound.

It all begins with the five-movement “Jeru ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Dorian Devins Hits a Double in the Bleak Midwinter

Read "Dorian Devins Hits a Double in the Bleak Midwinter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York centered jazz singer and lyricist Dorian Devins first rocked my sensitive Southern Consciousness in 2013 with the release of The Procrastinator (Rain1 Jazz). Devins marked a return to that jazz step-child, vocalese: the application of lyrics to well-known wordless jazz compositions. The recording was a cornerstone of that year. Devins played a very large ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Neumann/Tom Christensen: Spin Cycle

Read "Spin Cycle" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The new ensemble led by Scott Neumann and Tom Christensen is called Spin Cycle. It could, maybe should, have been dubbed The Chameleonic Quartet. Along with the virtuosic sidemen, guitarist Pete McCann and bassist Phil Palombi, the ten tracks spin-off varying styles and musical modes, from blues to ballads, punk to funk.

Such catholic ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Spin Cycle, Co-Led By Drummer Scott Neumann & Saxophonist Tom Christensen, Releases Self-Titled Debut CD on May 6

Spin Cycle, Co-Led By Drummer Scott Neumann & Saxophonist Tom Christensen, Releases Self-Titled Debut CD on May 6

With its strong melodies, tight rhythms, intriguing textures, and sophisticated interplay, Spin Cycle has got everything covered. What makes the band special is how everything fits together—or, by intention, doesn’t. For listeners and band members alike, every tune is an adventure. Spin Cycle is the new quartet co-led by drummer Scott Neumann and tenor saxophonist Tom ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Rufus Reid Big Band at Jazz Standard from February 26 to March 1

Rufus Reid Big Band at Jazz Standard from February 26 to March 1

2x Grammy Nominee 2015
QUIET PRIDE: The Elizabeth Catlett Project The Rufus Reid Big Band
Quiet Pride & More! Jazz Standard
116 East 27th St.
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-576-2232 Date: Thu., Feb. 26, - Sun., Mar. 1, 2015 Showtimes: Two 60-minute shows beginning at 7:30pm & 10:00pm, with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Strength in Numbers

Read "Strength in Numbers" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il jazz orchestrale cresce e si alimenta grazie anche al magistrale influsso esercitato da Bob Brookmeyer su decine di allievi al New England Conservatory.
Uno di questi è stato Pete McGuinness, trombonista di lunga esperienza in molte big band (tra cui quelle di Maria Schneider, Jimmy Heath e quella di Woody Herman guidata da ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Musillami Trio: Pride

Read "Pride" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With ten albums as a leader in his portfolio, guitarist and composer, Michael Musillami remains disproportionately under the radar in the public domain. Working in formats from duo to octet and inspired by classic artists like John Coltrane and Miles Davis, Musillami has a gifted touch for arranging the traditional and highly improvisational together in accessible ...