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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Adam Rogers' Dice Trio at Hong Kong Arts Center

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Adam Rogers' Dice Trio
Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Center
Jazz World Live Series
Hong Kong SAR
May 28, 2018

As the scraggly haze of copiously denim-clad, baseball cap and ponytail-touting figures assembled onstage, Adam Rogers' Dice Trio bore the indifferent appearance of a small town bar band--which was not ...

Nate Smith: Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere

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To get right to it, rarely does a first effort as leader come along that is so worthy of attention. With Postcards From Everywhere, Nate Smith has offered a many-faceted jewel whose luster only grows with re-examination.

On one level, this is indeed an album that satisfies the requisite expectations for a debut from ...

Greg Skaff: Soulmation

Read "Soulmation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Greg Skaff is all about the grease, grit, and grooves on Soulmation. It's a logical extension of his previous work--guitar-fronted organ group dates like East Harlem Skyline (Zoho Music, 2009) and 116th & Park (Zoho Music, 2012)--but it's a tad heavier, raunchier, and funkier than anything Skaff threw us on those records. His approach here ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ECM Fest at SFJAZZ

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ECM Fest
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
March 26-29, 2015

In 1969, German record producer Manfred Eicher founded ECM, a label which would change music history. Since then his “Edition of Contemporary Music" imprint has more than lived up to its name, issuing well over a thousand albums by ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities

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Writing jazz music, says Chris Potter, is “a bit of a zen exercise."

“A lot of what you're thinking about when you're writing is the stuff that's not there. You're thinking about the solos and the way the band is going to play it together--things that can't be notated."

For Imaginary Cities, ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Lost Tribe: Lost Tribe

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Lost Tribe
Lost Tribe
Windham Hill Jazz
1993

Today's Rediscovery ultimately jumpstarted the careers of five young musicians who have since gone on to varying degrees of greater fame and exposure. While not necessarily household names, few who follow the contemporary jazz scene will be unaware of saxophonist David Binney, guitarists Adam Rogers and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities

Read "Imaginary Cities" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Given the globe-trotting touring on the back of Unity Band (Nonesuch Records, 2012) and Kin ()(Nonesuch Records, 2014) with Pat Metheny's Unity Group it's a wonder that Chris Potter has had time for his own projects. Yet with The Sirens (ECM, 2013)--an acoustic suite inspired by Homer's Odyssey--Potter was in the composing form of his life. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities

Read "Imaginary Cities" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the twenty year span since his debut as a leader on Presenting Chris Potter (Criss Cross, 1994), the Chicago born/South Carolina raised artist has been among the most prolific and in-demand reed players in jazz. Having performed and/or recorded with a wide range of artists from guitarist Pat Metheny to pop legends Steely Dan, Potter ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities

Read "Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities" reviewed by John Kelman

While he is, perhaps, best-known as a reed and woodwind multi-instrumentalist of tremendous power and versatility--the torch-bearer and logical successor, even, to the late, great Michael Brecker--Chris Potter has also demonstrated remarkable breadth as a bandleader and composer. It's hard to imagine that it's been only 23 years since the 44 year-old first came onto the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Cristina Zavalloni: The Soul Factor

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In concomitanza di Umbria Jazz 14, fra le iniziative collaterali del festival grande rilievo è stato dato alla presentazione dell'ultima fatica discografica di Cristina Zavalloni, concepita in stretta collaborazione con Uri Caine. Per l'occasione erano presenti la stessa Zavalloni e i due produttori: Enzo Capua e Giandomenico Ciaramella. The Soul Factor, registrato in studio a New ...