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Joe Morris - Nate Wooley: Tooth and Nail

Read "Tooth and Nail" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quella del duo è un'arte sopraffina e stimolante ma anche rischiosa e implacabile. Non si può barare, non ci si può nascondere, si è “nudi alla meta" e solo spiccata sensibilità, orecchie aperte, capacità comunicativa, vera urgenza espressiva possono portare a risultati significativi. E' quello che accade in questo Tooth and Nail dove due innovatori come il chitarrista ...

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Joe Morris - Luther Gray: Creatures

Read "Creatures" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Da anni compagni di avventura in numerose formazioni (documentate su dischi come Beautiful Existence, High Definition, Today on Earth, Colorlife o Wildlife) il batterista Luther Gray ed il chitarrista (negli ultimi tempi anche contrabbassista) Joe Morris, sono qui alla prima registrazione effettuata in duo. Formazione che sembra intrigare particolarmente Morris, vedi il recente Elm City Duets con il contrabbasso straordinario di Barre ...

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Joe Maneri - Peter Dolger: Peace Concert

Read "Peace Concert" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Se qualcuno cerca un disco adatto per un blindfold test di quelli “tosti", per incastrare l'amico saccente che tutto conosce del jazz d'avanguardia, ecco serviti sul piatto i ventiquattrominuti di questo Peace Concert, duo tra il sax contralto di Mat Maneri e la batteria di Peter Dolger. Pregustatevi già la faccia del malcapitato di fronte al pigolare irrequieto ...

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Morris - Vandermark - Gray: Rebus

Read "Rebus" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Alla fine un rebus è un rompicapo. I solutori hanno solo una manciata di lettere a disposizione e devono spremere molto le meningi per trovare il bandolo della questione. Partiamo dagli elementi noti: la chitarra di Joe Morris, abrasiva e isterica come non mai, un Ken Vandermark dedito esclusivamente al sassofono tenore e la batteria frammentata di Luther ...

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Joe Henderson: Power To the People

Read "Power To the People" reviewed by David Rickert

The late sixties were an exciting time for jazz, although not a lucrative one. Faced with a declining market share due to the popularity of rock music, jazz musicians were forced to find an audience by pursuing new avenues in composition and instrumentation.

Joe Henderson, a much beloved player for the Blue Note ...

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Giardullo/McPhee/Bisio/Tabbal: Shadow & Light

Read "Shadow & Light" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The session Joe Giardullo planned for September 11, 2001 never happened. As the musicians assembled about 100 miles from the horrible destruction in New York, they contemplated scrubbing the recording. Giardullo had planned to model this recording after Dave Holland’s Conference Of Birds (ECM 1972) record with Barry Altschul, Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton. The day ...

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Joe Locke: Beauty Burning

Read "Beauty Burning" reviewed by David Adler

Vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Frank Kimbrough have a developed a camaraderie that was well documented on 1999’s Saturn’s Child. Beauty Burning is the next chapter in that fruitful relationship, but this time bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts join the party. Guitarist Paul Bollenback also appears on three tracks. Kicking off the session ...

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Joe Locke: Beauty Burning

Read "Beauty Burning" reviewed by David Adler

Vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Frank Kimbrough have a developed a camaraderie that was well documented on 1999’s Saturn’s Child. Beauty Burning is the next chapter in that fruitful relationship, but this time bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts join the party. Guitarist Paul Bollenback also appears on three tracks. Kicking off the session ...

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McPhee/ Giardullo/ Bisio/ Duval: No Greater Love

Read "No Greater Love" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Recording sessions can sometimes be unruly beasts and the girth and breadth of music created does not always fit comfortably into the pre-planned parameters of studio time. Extra material in the way of alternate takes and additional tunes are the common outcome of a session that eclipses its originally hatched upon boundaries. Very often this grist ...

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Joe Locke: Beauty Burning

Read "Beauty Burning" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

On Beauty Burning, the fourteenth release under his own name, it's clear that vibraphonist Joe Locke was interested in making a good recording rather than merely providing a showcase for his own considerable talents. The disc is a thoughtful mixture of intimate, finely tuned ensemble playing and capable solos by the leader, pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist ...