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Noah Preminger Rob Garcia Dead Composers Club: Chopin Project

Read "Chopin Project" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quartetto a doppia firma, questo “club dei compositori morti," con Noah Preminger che ribadisce la sua predilezione per l'organico a quattro, ma agisce qui con una chitarra al posto della tromba (Jason Palmer), confermando peraltro al contrabbasso Kim Cass. Del resto il gruppo, come detto, non è solo suo, con Rob Garcia che—a voler completare il ...

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Michael Feinberg: Whatever Possessed Me

Read "Whatever Possessed Me" reviewed by Don Phipps

Tribute bands are glowingly appreciated by fans of great rock acts; perhaps it's time jazz fans got with it! Michael Feinberg's Whatever Possessed Me is a dedication to the works and sound of John Coltrane and his classic quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. The performances on this album are so good, one ...

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Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar

Read "Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The first thing that should be said about tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger's Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar is the extremely exciting you-are-there feeling of the recording. Recording engineer Jimmy Katz has managed to capture the sound and visceral feel of a jazz quartet in full cry with no net. Many jazz listeners can remember a ...

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Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar

Read "Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In a decidedly bold move, young tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger's first self-released album, Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar, consists of two 30-minute-plus tracks; both interpretations of tunes by bluesman Bukka White. The result? A white-knuckle modern jazz thrill ride and possibly the fastest hour you'll spend in front of the stereo this year. Listening to ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Wayne Eagles of trio \ DEF

Read "Take Five with Wayne Eagles of trio \ DEF" reviewed by Wayne Eagles

Meet Wayne Eagles:
Wayne Eagles is Canadian guitarist/educator known for his unique guitar style, which incorporates diverse influences from textural soundscapes and free jazz to old school fusion and progressive rock. Wayne has played live and in the studio with a long list of local and internationally known musicians including Adam Nussbaum, Ken Rosser, ...

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Trio DEF: Trio DEF

Read "Trio DEF" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Based in Canada, with members resident in Ottawa, Montreal and New York City, Trio DEF overcomes logistical hurdles to create some mighty fine guitar trio jazz and jazz-rock on their eponymous debut. Bassist Marc-Andre Drouin, a completely unfamiliar name to me, plays the plugged-in variant with the elasticity and warmth of an acoustic bassist. He is ...

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Trio \ Def (Drouin/Eagles/Froman) Release Debut Album

Trio \ Def (Drouin/Eagles/Froman) Release Debut Album

Groove-laden tracks, textural scenarios, and multi-hued passages are all front and center on (Drouin/Eagles/Froman)—the debut album from trio \ DEF. The cooperative threesome of bassist Marc-Andre Drouin, guitarist Wayne Eagles, and drummer Ian Froman digs deep, delivering music that’s alternately menacing and disarming, barbed and beautiful, and patient and restless. High-octane jams, earthy encounters, and airy ...

Ron Oswanski: December's Moon

Read "December's Moon" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Keyboardist Ron Oswanski is known primarily as an audacious organist. He does, however, also bring a unique agility to the accordion and is endowed with a lyrical touch on the piano as his debut album December's Moon amply demonstrates.

The dozen tunes cover modern jazz compositions, Oswanski's originals and a Led Zeppelin anthem. The wide ...

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Ron Oswanski: December's Moon

Read "December's Moon" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With the possible exception of “love" and “you," “moon" enters as a most-welcomed word-muse to performers, composers and lyricists. When “jazz organ" enters into that equation, the expected aural summation might be the blues-infused funk of Jimmy Smith or the steamy straight-ahead of Joey DeFrancesco.

December's Moon from multi-keyboardist/composer--and now leader--Ron Oswanski, is a performance ...

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Ron Oswanski: December's Moon

Read "December's Moon" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A modernist with the Hammond B-3 organ, Ron Oswanski introduces himself as leader for the first time crafting a vibrant modern jazz, almost fusion-like in texture, musical experiment on December's Moon. On tap are a host of exciting new originals as well as creative and swinging arrangements of music from trumpeter Kenny Wheeler whose “Kayak, and ...