Content by tag "HighNote"

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Jimmy Halperin/Dominic Duval/Jay Rosen: Joy & Gravitas

Read "Joy & Gravitas" reviewed by Derek Taylor

In these crowded days of creative improvised music, a musician can sometimes wait years to make his or her recorded mark. Jimmy Halperin arguably fits under this late bloomer category. Strong dates with Warne Marsh and Sal Mosca were slow in parlaying his own sessions as leader. His trio debut for Cadence Jazz, Cycle-logical, came like ...

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Jimmy Halperin/Bill Chattin/Don Messina: Cycle Logical

Read "Cycle Logical" reviewed by Derek Taylor

The Tristano School remains one of the most inexplicably under-utilized in modern jazz. Saddled unfairly with signifiers common to its more popular cousin the Cool school such as ‘overly-intellectual’ and ‘antiseptic,’ it’s a style commonly relegated to the fringes despite its undeniable influence on the music’s evolution. Endemic of these prejudices the number of surviving students ...

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Tom Prehn Kvartet: Tom Prehn Kvartet

Read "Tom Prehn Kvartet" reviewed by Derek Taylor

If there were elections for most influential figure in creative improvised music outside the performing sphere, John Corbett would be a shoo-in in my book for reaping the most ballots. Though he also wears the hat of musician, it’s as a concert/festival producer, radio jock, writer and general voice box for the Chicago and European scenes ...

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Tom Harrell: Paradise

Read "Paradise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tom Harrell knows a lovely melody when he hears one, and has written several on his new album, Paradise, an ambitious enterprise that must have been a labor of love, as it is unlikely to earn the sort of recognition (Grammy Award nomination, etc.) he garnered with last year’s big–band release, Time’s Mirror. Which is not ...

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Tom Harrell: Paradise

Read "Paradise" reviewed by David Adler

This is probably Tom Harrell’s most unusual work to date, and strictly speaking, the least “jazz"-oriented. Enlisting a string quintet and harp in addition to his regular jazz sextet, Harrell pushes his compositional and arranging chops to new levels, and continues to blow great trumpet. The sound of strings and jazz ensemble immediately calls to mind ...

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Tom Harrell: Paradise

Read "Paradise" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Since the ‘80s, trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell has been an icon to scores of aspiring musicians and devoted fans, with an influence that has only been recently overshadowed by the appearance of Dave Douglas. Of course, Harrell and Douglas each have their own artistic visions, but it’s interesting to note that BMG now has both ...

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Jimmy Scott: The Source

Read "The Source" reviewed by AAJ Staff

It may be a cliché to state that a singer has to live before he or she can sing about life. But the hardships that Jimmy Scott has endured in a long life of struggle and injustice could, to quote another cliché, test the patience of Job.

Yet, Jimmy Scott has endured. Without bitterness. Without ...

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Tom Cora: It's A Brand New Day - Tom Cora Live At The Knitting Factory

Read "It's A Brand New Day - Tom Cora Live At The Knitting Factory" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With cellist Tom Cora’s untimely passing in 1999, the - modern music - world lost a true pioneer! And along with such folks as John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne, George Cartwright, Fred Frith and a few others, Cora helped define what would become the now infamous, “New York City Downtown Scene”. Simply put, the cellist/composer was an ...

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Tom Bruno: White Boy Blues

Read "White Boy Blues" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Considering the expanding audience for creative improvised music these days it’s sometimes easy to forget that many of the players currently teeming in the tidepools of free jazz have actually been around for decades. More than a handful of those folks cutting records aren’t fresh-scrubbed faces, but seasoned veterans who have long been plying their craft ...

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Tom Harrell: Time's Mirror

Read "Time's Mirror" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

One of modern music's most acclaimed trumpeters, Tom Harrell has made the most out of his major label status. His two previous efforts for RCA, Labyrinth and The Art of Rhythm, brought the 53-year-old a good deal of critical attention and the major distribution network possible to reach a greater audience. However, as heavily lauded as ...