Content by tag "Naxos"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Evelyn Glennie, Jon Hemmersam, Szilárd Mezei, M.J. Stevens: The Core-tet Project

Read "The Core-tet Project" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quattordici improvvisazioni di durata varia (da poco più di un minuto a quasi nove) compongono questo album dagli esiti abbastanza diversificati. La partenza, e tutta la prima parte, regalano in effetti momenti degni di attenzione, costruzioni non banali, anche ricche (a tratti), diremmo ispirate. Col trascorrere dei brani, tuttavia, viene un po' a mancare non tanto ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet

Read "Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

An assortment of striking jazz/improvisation recordings. Three of them are piano trios--each with their own unique character--but two of them have no piano, or any other harmonic instrument.

Rich Halley 5
The Outlier
Pine Eagle Records
2016

Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley's longstanding quartet with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert

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Eberhard Weber
Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert
Naxos
2015

German bassist Eberhard Weber's 75th birthday celebration has already been documented in audio form on Hommage à Eberhard Weber (ECM, 2015). This video document more fully captures the celebratory tone of the event, includes a bit of bonus material, and perhaps ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steven Mayer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics / Solo Piano Music

Read "Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics / Solo Piano Music" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New Orleans native Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829--1969) was the first important American composer and pianist. The son of a Jewish business man and a Creole mother, Gottschalk was urbane and cosmopolitan is a way not typical for the period. He composed and played on a Chickering piano as big as a house and heavy as a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / Jo Ann Falletta: Duke Ellington: Black, Brown, and Beige

Read "Duke Ellington: Black, Brown, and Beige" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Naxos Records' American Classics imprint was intended to highlight the domestic classical repertoire. This includes reaching from John Philip Sousa wind works and John Adams operas to Charles Ives songs and Leonard Bernstein Broadway shows. Jazz made a claim with the imprint, and the America Classics eventually included recordings of Scott Joplin rags, Art Tatum piano ...

Bill Evans: The Sesjun Radio Shows

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Bill Evans

The Sesjun Radio Shows

Out Of The Blue/Naxos

2011 (1973-79)

Pianist Bill Evans (b. 1929, d. 1980) changed the way of the piano trio, beginning with a handful of brilliant studio recording for Riverside Records in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A pair of live recordings for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Sesjun Radio Shows

Read "The Sesjun Radio Shows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The old and irksome “but is it jazz" argument has probably never been brought into play when it comes to drummer/bandleader Art Blakey (1919-1990) and his ever-changing line-up of Jazz Messengers. The music Blakey and his usually young players made was most certainly jazz, of the hard bop, hard-charging variety--brash and brightly hued, and joyously swinging. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta: Marcel Tyberg: Symphony No. 3, Piano Trio

Read "Marcel Tyberg: Symphony No. 3, Piano Trio" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Often, the story behind the music makes it that much more compelling. Marcel Tyberg was an Austrian composer of certain repute, his Symphony No. 2 being premiered by friend Rafael Kubelik in the early 1930s. But not much else was heard from this composer. Tyberg was a Jew, in danger of Gestapo deportment in 1943, who ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Philippe Quint: Paganini arr. Kreisler: La campanella - Le Streghe - La Cenerentola and Tancredi Variations

Read "Paganini arr. Kreisler: La campanella - Le Streghe - La Cenerentola and Tancredi Variations" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A modern parallel to the Romantic period relationship of Nicolo Paganini and Fritz Kreisler might be guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The younger men of the pairs arranged and played the music of the older musicians, adding their own shine to the compositions. Everyone in the quartet was a showman in the extreme. But ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Philip Edward Fisher: Handel: Keyboard Suites 1

Read "Handel: Keyboard Suites 1" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti (not to mention Francois Couperin and Dieterich Buxtehude) were not the only figures of the High Baroque to compose memorable keyboard music. George Frideric Handel composed two sets of eight keyboard suites each, published in 1720 and 1733, respectively, that remain highly regarded. These suites are comparable to those of ...