Content by tag "Vertigo"

A Hitch In Time

Read "A Hitch In Time" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

If there is a downside to being a Genius, it would be that I am never satisfied. I am in constant search for new experiences to expand my horizons; new foods, new beers, new movies, new Google searches for pictures of my favorite actresses in various stages of undress. I cannot allow myself to settle, to ...

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The Necks: Vertigo

Read "Vertigo" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Permit me a moment on a soapbox. Improvisation is merely a process, just as composition is a process. It is simply a way to organize sound. There are no imperatives, no agendas. Just spontaneity and interaction. Contrary to what's been drilled into your head over the years, improvisation doesn't necessitate “harsh" or “abrasive" sounds. In the ...

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The Necks: Vertigo

Read "Vertigo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The Necks don't swing. Since they are sometimes described as an “experimental jazz trio," it seems best to just put that on the table at the outset. I hesitate to call their music “free improvisation," as well, because of the abrasive, dissonant qualities so often found in that music--which doesn't describe The Necks at all. What ...

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Ren: Vertigo

Read "Vertigo" reviewed by Jim Santella

Accurate and crisp with a soulful delivery, singer René Marie brings new life to old standards. These are the songs that we recognize automatically. All it takes is a few bars. Natural and personable, Marie brings her second recording as a leader around as straight-ahead and familiar. She pushes the envelope far enough, however, to prove ...

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René Marie: Vertigo

Read "Vertigo" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey





Ms. Marie serves up a release even more satisfying than her delectable debut How Can I Keep From Singing .

Laverne Butler, Carla Cook, and now René Marie have all released their second recordings for the MaxJazz Vocal Series. Ms. Marie is following up her 2000 release How Can ...

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Ren: Vertigo

Read "Vertigo" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

Few debut records in recent memory have held as much promise as René Marie’s How Can I Keep from Singing?. Any thoughts that the jazz singer might hit a sophomore slump with her second CD for MAXJAZZ are dispelled only seconds into Vertigo. A bold and challenging record, Vertigo subverts expectations while at the same time ...

Ben Webster: Ben Webster and Associates

Read "Ben Webster and Associates" reviewed by David Adler

This tenor summit took place in 1959, a very short while after the death of Lester Young. Ben Webster is joined by Coleman Hawkins and Budd Johnson, two of the remaining tenor greats of the time. Roy Eldridge is also along for the ride. The rhythm section consists of pianist Jimmy Jones, guitarist Les Spann, bassist ...

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Chris Potter Quartet: Vertigo

Read "Vertigo" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Everyone nowadays wants to be a songwriter, it seems, and young Chris Potter is no exception. All of the songs on Vertigo, Potter's fifth date under his own name for Concord Jazz, were composed by the 27-year-old South Carolinian, and none of them, to these ears, serves as more than a convenient springboard for improvisation. As ...

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Chris Potter: Vertigo

Read "Vertigo" reviewed by Jim Santella

Chris Potter's quartet shares the spotlight both individually and in ensemble. The young tenor saxophonist (Potter turned 27 this year) turns in a dramatic set based on his own compositions. As Zan Stewart states in the liner notes, “... Potter stretches himself, his musicians and his audience, creating new and challenging music ..."

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