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The Dixie Dregs at Scottish Rite Auditorium

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The Dixie Dregs
Scottish Rite Auditorium
Collingswood, NJ
March 9, 2018

They've always remained one of the most under-the-radar of fusion bands. The Dixie Dregs' every-damn-thing-at-once musical stew could have hardly been better designed to elude widespread exposure--too much jazzy complexity for a group of rockers, too much country and folk ...


The Art of the Duo: Keys and Reeds

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Two duos, both alike in dignity, though taking the approach to very different ends:

Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch
Live in Healdsburg
Anzic Records

What's taken these two so long? Okay, of course they've both juggled collaborations and cross-pollinations in many different contexts, and considering the nature ...

David Series: Meerkat Parade

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Apparently the official term is “clan" or “mob" when meerkats gather in a group. Despite their being social animals, nothing suggests they'd be organized enough for anything resembling a parade--that would only be a silly distraction from the business of burrowing, foraging and avoiding the jackals. Nonetheless David Series and a sharp crew find some good ...

Martin Wind: Light Blue

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Releasing a defining album is a pretty nice way to celebrate hitting age 50. If it's a particularly solid outing, so much the better. Martin Wind's milestone comes as he also marks 25 years as a recording player. It seems faintly miraculous that there's really time for him to do his own thing, considering that he's ...

Katie Thiroux Trio at South Jazz Parlor

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Katie Thiroux Trio
South Jazz Parlor
jny: Philadelphia, PA
February 24, 2018

In time-honored Philly tradition, South is the kind of venue that recognizes jazz as a vital staple rather than just another aspect of business. Nestled on a corner in Center City's bustling north side (go figure), the place features ...

Jon Catler: Sacred and Profane

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On a certain fundamental level, music really comes down to math. The notes we consider normal are based on certain frequencies of sound vibration, after all, the pitches that make sense to our ears and that we find pleasing when they react in the right ways relative to each other. Jon Catler, however, is one fellow ...


Gleb Kolyadin: Gleb Kolyadin

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One sometimes doesn't know where to start in describing things under the progressive-rock umbrella, considering that the term comes with such a pile of baggage it's practically impossible to see around. The modern-day genre (to the extent that's even a recognizable thing) arguably has even more issues than the 1970s version: there are more bands out ...


Justin Almquist: The Speed of Dark

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How fast does dark actually go anyway? It's light that makes the most common and obvious metaphors for speed, after all. Then again, as the great Terry Pratchett wrote: “no matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first and is waiting for it." Shadows simply grow in a different way ...


Andy Sheppard Quartet: Romaria

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Where so much music treats silence as an exception, Andy Sheppard's recordings find it serving more as the rule. He's never been one for weaving flashy speed runs or feeling pressure to fill space. Even when his sax lines speed up from time to time through Romaria, they serve the mood with tasteful restraint, smoothly evoking ...


Phil Scarff: Ragas on Saxophone

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Plenty of Western players have been inspired by the exotic sounds and qualities of Indian music. It's a much smaller number who've formally studied its classical traditions, however, and fewer still have been successful enough to master the forms and play to the acclaim of Indian audiences. Quick--can you name one off the top of your ...