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Walt Weiskopf: Worldwide

Read "Worldwide" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan



Back in 1992, saxophonist Walt Weiskopf made his first date for Criss Cross Jazz, Simplicity. It is one of the most daring new recordings of the period, featuring Weiskopf's incendiary playing and stellar compositions. Over the course of the next ten albums for Criss Cross culminating with 2010's See the Pyramid, Weiskopf forged an ...

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Nick DePinna: Nexus Music Vol. 1

Read "Nexus Music Vol. 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Los Angeles-based composer-trombonist Nick DePinna dips his toes warily into the big-band pond on Nexus Music Vol. 1, a concise yet largely impressive glimpse at contemporary motifs from a large-group perspective. The album encompasses only three songs whose total playing time is a brief twenty minutes, about one-quarter the maximum length of a Compact Disc.

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Walt Weiskopf European Quartet: Worldwide

Read "Worldwide" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

These days a lot of jazz records seem to require a musical concept or an idea that unites the compositions on the album, but it doesn't have to be so complicated. After a tour in January 2019 with his European Quartet, tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf went into a studio in Copenhagen with the band, and a ...

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Dan Rosenboom

Dan Rosenboom (b. May 7, 1982) is a creative and prolific trumpet artist, composer, producer, Los Angeles studio musician, and founder of Orenda Records. Described as a “phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times, he has been recognized with grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, the Meet The Composer Foundation, and the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, and has been featured on major stages around the world, from Madison Square Garden to the Hammersmith Apollo and the Hollywood Bowl. Rosenboom has produced many full-length albums under his own name. His most recent album, Fine Dining (under the band name Quoan), was released on Orenda Records in January of 2018

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David Dominique: Mask

Read "Mask" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

David Dominique suona il flugabone, strumento a fiato simile a un flicorno extra large che ha un suono simile a quello di un trombone, ma le curiosità riguardo questo eclettico polistrumentista, bandleader e compositore americano non finiscono qui. La sua ambizione sembra infatti essere quella di creare un nuovo idioma jazzistico facendo tesoro delle lezioni di ...

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Bryan McAllister: Very Stable Genius

Read "Very Stable Genius" reviewed by Paul Naser

In case you haven't been reminded within the last five minutes, Donald Trump is the president of the United States of America. Also, on the inconceivable chance that he has not tweeted or otherwise been at the center of news coverage lately, he is known to misspell words, utter non-truths, and generally polarize the political landscape ...

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Bryan McAllister

Bryan McAllister is a composer, bandleader, and keyboardist from Rocky Mount, NC and currently living in Reno, NV. Influenced by many genres and music styles, Bryan has found a voice in his playing and writing through blending electronics with acoustic instruments. Bryan has toured his own bands as well as touring with a handful of rock and metal bands, and the acclaimed indie rock group The Tragic Thrills. After finishing graduate school at the University of Nevada, Bryan was hired to the faculty, teaching courses in musicology and the arts. Bryan has had the honor of playing with many great musicians including Peter Epstein, Donny McCaslin, Marvin 'Smitty' Smith, Bennie Maupin, Dara Tucker, and Lage Lund.

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Evil Genius: Experiments on Human Subjects

Read "Experiments on Human Subjects" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

It would be an uplifting experience to see this trio go at it in a live setting. For those who need comparisons, think of a cross-pollination between some of John Zorn-produced kinetic avant-garde jazz fusion, psych and rock ensembles along with Frank Zappa influences, and punk jazz groups.

Guitarist Max Kutner is the lead ...

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Quoan - Brian Walsh, Sam Minaie, Daniel Rosenboom & Mark Ferber: Fine Dining

Read "Fine Dining" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

According to the press release this bi-coastal USA ultra-progressive band is inspired by the classic chord-less quartets of modern jazz via a fast-moving program, complete with tricky, mind-bending works, odd-metered unison excursions and other revved up implementations. The musicians' assertiveness is embedded into various offshoots and stylizations such as hard-hitting bop and poignant call / response ...

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Tina Raymond: Left Right Left

Read "Left Right Left" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Most jazz artists don't choose to create a concept album as their debut. But drummer Tina Raymond has done just that with Left Right Left, teaming up with pianist Art Lande and bassist Putter Smith for a wide-ranging piano trio outing that explores America's political climate via a mix of patriotic songs, a pair of Woody ...