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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer's Hollow

Read "Loafer's Hollow" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Blowing up Mostly Other People Do the Killing from its core quartet to a septet may seem like an invitation to dance on the musical third rail. The group that has always straddled the broad and fuzzy line between tradition and chaotic improvisation, has nevertheless managed that process with a mixture of sophistication, revelation and unbridled ...

NEWS: EVENT

SLM Ensemble: Solo And Chamber Works For Peace on December 7 at The Cell Theatre

SLM Ensemble: Solo And Chamber Works For Peace on December 7 at The Cell Theatre

SLM Ensemble: Solo and Chamber Works for Peace on December 7, 2015 at 8:00pm. $20/$15. The Cell Theatre
338 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011 Ray Anderson, trombone
David Taylor, bass trombone
Samir Chatterjee, tabla
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone
Zafer Tawil, oud, violin, qanun, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Daniel Schnyder: The Anatomy of an Opera: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite

Read "Daniel Schnyder: The Anatomy of an Opera: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird  Suite" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Saxophonist Charlie Parker revolutionized the world of music with his legendary approach to jazz. Unfortunately, his life was much too short and filled with tragedy. In 1955, Parker died at the age of 34 from excessive drug use. He died in the apartment of the Baroness Nica von Koenigswarter in New York City, but ironically his ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Christmas IV: Jazz Instrumental - Duke Ellington, Tim Warfield, Manhattan Brass and Ted Rosenthal Trio

Read "Christmas IV:  Jazz Instrumental - Duke Ellington, Tim Warfield, Manhattan Brass and Ted Rosenthal Trio" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This holiday season has turned out better than the past several when considering quality seasonal music releases. The jazz instrumental contingent has provided several fine recordings for consideration.

Harmonie Ensemble / New York, Steven Richman
Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn / Piotr Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suites
Harmonia Mundi
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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Red Hot

Read "Red Hot" reviewed by John Sharpe

Having been simultaneously inspired by and ironic about '80s smooth jazz on the excellent Slippery Rock (Hot Cup Records, 2013), Mostly Other People Do the Killing delve back further into history to explore pre-War genres on Red Hot. It's a tall order for a foursome, so bassist and leader Moppa Elliott has added Brandon Seabrook on ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Linda Oh: Persevering Against the Odds

Read "Linda Oh: Persevering Against the Odds" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In an arena that is overwhelmingly dominated by her male counterparts, bassist Linda May-Han Oh is going to be a force with which to be reckoned. Her auspicious, self-produced debut, Entry (2009), was lauded by critics, and was one of pianist Vijay Iyer's top picks for 2009. Born in Malaysia and living in New York, Oh ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Taylor-Steve Swell Quintet: Not Just...

Read "Not Just..." reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Safford Chamberlain

The names of Billy Bang and Ken Filiano will be familiar to many listeners, and Steve Swell has all the chops, though not the reputation, of a Carl Fontana, to whom he may have listened. What Not Just... most resembles is modernist classical music--Bartok, Stravinsky, Berg, Schoenberg--not just in the overall sound, but ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bruce Eisenbeil - Michael Attias - David Taylor - Jay Rosen: Opium

Read "Opium" reviewed by Nicholas Sheets

Opium, the latest CIMP (Creative Improvisational Music Project) release to be led by the New York-based guitarist, Bruce Eisenbeil, is a mesmerizing album. It is as subtle, dynamic and unpredictable as a chemistry experiment. The Opium quartet is anchored by an unusually dark-timbred horn combination consisting of David Taylor on bass trombone and Michael Attias on ...