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Jamie Saft Special Quintet at Cornelia St. Café

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Jamie Saft
Cornelia St. Café
New York, NY
November 12, 2010

Perhaps better known for his electric keyboard work in genre-flouting projects, Jamie Saft also possesses a deep jazz sensibility and prodigious piano technique. It was these talents he sought to exercise with his “Special Quintet" for a 2-night, 4-set stand at Cornelia Street Café. ...

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Michael Formanek CD Release Show at Jazz Standard

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Michael Formanek
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
October 27, 2010

Bassist Michael Formanek celebrated the release of The Rub and Spare Change with two sets at the venerable Jazz Standard, October 27, 2010. It was noteworthy as his debut for ECM Records and first new CD in about a dozen years.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mark Feldman: Taking an Eclectic Path

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Violinist Mark Feldman started out in Chicago playing classical music and bar gigs before moving on to the Nashville scene. He emerged in New York's “downtown" circle with the likes of Arcado String Trio, trumpeter Dave Douglas, and composer-saxophonist John Zorn. His expressive, classically tinged technique was also sought for studio work with pop acts and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Cardenas: West of Middle

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Guitarist Steve Cardenas sports an unassuming style, devoid of histrionics. He favors clean tones, solid rhythms and cagey harmonies for a subtle, supportive approach. It's a combination he's used to help shape the music of drummers Paul Motian and Joey Baron, bassists Alexis Cuadrado and Charlie Haden and vocalists Kate McGarry and Rebecca Martin, among others. ...

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Frank Kimbrough: Rumors

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As a leader, pianist Frank Kimbrough's primary means of expression has been the trio format and a refined casualness permeates Rumors. Never harried, his ideas spill from the keys to be absorbed and distilled by bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. The trio's affinity is manifest in the broad communication heard within the music.

Medeski, Martin and Wood: Radiolarians - The Evolutionary Set

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Medeski Martin & Wood

Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set

Indirecto Records

2009

In an age when jazz is usually driven by individuals and fleeting lineups, the ability of Medeski, Martin and Wood (MMW) to sustain and reinvigorate their collective creativity for nearly 20 years is astounding. Never risk-averse--whether jamming with turntablists ...

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Ben Goldberg: Go Home

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A comfortable familiarity permeates Go Home, the latest project from veteran clarinetist Ben Goldberg and the first offering from his Bag Production Records. Culled from both studio and live cuts, these feel-good romps suggest the intimacy of a jam session. He enlists longtime collaborators Charlie Hunter on seven-string guitar, Ron Miles on trumpet and cornet and ...

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Joey Baron: Just Say Yes

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Combining technical acuity with a deep sense of groove, Joey Baron drums with playful exuberance. Throughout his more than 35-year career, he's propelled experimentalists like guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist John Zorn, as well as mainstreamers like vocalist Carmen McRae and saxophonist David Sanborn. He's even played with pop stars David Bowie and Marianne Faithfull. But ...

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Ron Horton: It's A Gadget World...

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Preferring tonal clarity and precise lines, trumpeter Ron Horton eschews the extended manipulations frequently associated with contemporary improvisers. But the warm resonance of his sound and the fluidity of his improvisations ensure that he's never stodgy, as evidenced on this fourth CD as a leader. While the title plays with the notion of preoccupation with the ...

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Jerry Granelli V16: Vancouver '08

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Over 40-plus years as an innovative performer and renowned educator, drummer Jerry Granelli has shown an affinity for the sonic possibilities of paired electric guitars. Since 2003, he's explored this interest in V16, with guitarists David Tronzo and Christian Kogel and his son, electric bassist J. Anthony Granelli. Vancouver '08, their third release, vividly captures their ...