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Cyrus Chestnut Trio

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At The Village Vanguard, 8-18-24 Cyrus Chestnut - p Steve Kirby - b Alvester Garnett - dThis past two months, New York's Village Vanguard has been featuring a series of the finest working trios in jazz today. Ranging from Tommy Flanagan's almost telepathic work with Kenny Washington, Brad Mheldou's great group with Larry Grenadier and ...


Burnin' for Youth - Metheny, Holland, DeJohnette Play in Benefit for Town's Youth Center

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" reviewed by Bob Margolis

The power of great music played for a noble cause can be a beautiful thing. This has rarely been in such evidence as was on display during a sunny day in Woodstock, NY on August 22. In a benefit for the Woodstock Youth Center, a few of the local folks got together to play music for ...


1961 at The Village Vanguard

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" reviewed by Bob Margolis

John Coltrane (Impulse!) Approaching Seventh Avenue and Perry Street in Manhattan, one is struck by the number of folks lining up and generally milling around waiting in anticipation to descend into what looks like, from the outside, a very small basement, a very small room. This is perhaps the most prestigious and historical jazz ...


The Branford Marsalis Trio

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" reviewed by Bob Margolis

Knitting Factory (New York City)Playing to three sold-out crowds at New York's Knitting Factory, Branford Marsalis's trio, featuring longtime cohorts Jeff “Tain" Watts on drums and Reginald Veal on bass, gave ample evidence backing the claim that they are one of the most interesting and challenging trios currently performing. Playing out of a book of ...


Blood On The Fields

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Avery Fischer Hall New York City February 24, 1997Considering the time demands of being the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the leader of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, all around spokesperson for the theory of Blues Plus Swing Equals Jazz, and from time to time, leading his own group, one would think that ...


Wessell Anderson

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The Village Vanguard April 15-20, 1997 New York City “Wess Anderson's playing contains the essence of soul, that's why we call him “WarmDaddy." This comment, spoken by Anderson's part-time employer and musical foil Wynton Marsalis, was backed up by WarmDaddy's performances in and around NYC this past month.Fronting a group featuring the fabulous Stephan Harris ...


Craig Handy

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Sweet Basil April 12, 1997 New York CityTalk about what good teachers can do for a student. Coming out of one of the finest jazz programs in the country at North Texas State, playing with Art Blakey, being a long-time member of Roy Haynes' band, working with Abdullah Ibrahim and spending quality time with Betty ...


Joanne Brackeen: Pink Elephant Magic

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A Master pianist other than a Flanagan, or a Peterson, is faced with the daunting task of recording something that separates them but allows for their brilliance to shine through. The subject of this piece has consistently been able to do this, primarily using vehicles other than the trio or solo format. Putting together perhaps her ...


Carlos Garnett: Under Nubian Skies

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“Under Nubian Skies" is a swinging, well played record that shows Carlos Garnett dipping heavily into his Coltrane bag and Panamanian roots. Garnett, a legendary tenor man who is returning to performing after a self imposed exile has done stints with Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, Charles Mingus, Pharoah Saunders, and perhaps most notably as ...


Branford Marsalis: Requiem

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Telepathy. Elasticity. Forward looking. Branford Marsalis's new release, “Requiem" makes us glad Steepy brought back the quartet form to his music and makes us even more profoundly sad about the tragic passing of pianist Kenny Kirkland. Although the original plan was to get used to the material, hone it on the road and come back to ...


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