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Drew Gress: The Irrational Numbers

Read "The Irrational Numbers" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ad ogni nuovo disco Drew Gress conferma la sua statura di bassista, compositore e leader tra i più maturi e innovativi della scena attuale. Da almeno un decennio (non sembra che molti se ne siano accorti) i suoi gruppi esprimono una delle proposte più avvincenti del jazz statunitense, che si spinge negli ambiti della post-avanguardia senza perdere i legami ...

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Drew Gress: The Irrational Numbers

Read "The Irrational Numbers" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Drew Gress might be suffering from a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde complex. On one side, he's the mild-mannered, in-demand bassist whose exemplary fret work has supported other artists' recordings--pianist Fred Hersch, The Claudia Quintet's For (Cuneiform Records, 2007) and the Steve Lehman Quintet's On Meaning (Pi Recordings, 2007), to name just a few. However, on the flip ...

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Drew Gress: The Irrational Numbers

Read "The Irrational Numbers" reviewed by John Kelman

Bassist Drew Gress returns with the same group from 7 Black Butterflies (Premonition, 2005), but The Irrational Numbers is more than a logical continuation of Butterflies' postmodern lyricism. Instead, it's an album of more vivid extremes, ranging from detailed writing to even freer improvisational exchanges and an overall greater sense of adventure. Not that Butterflies was ...

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Drew Gress: 7 Black Butterflies

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Lo swing ed il senso orchestrale della musica sono gli aspetti che sembrano emergere con maggior evidenza dall’ascolto di questo CD. Una qualche riedizione dei fasti del jazz classico, con un quintetto che ripropone canonicamente i tradizionali concetti di melodia, armonia e ritmo, la sacra triade del jazz puro e duro? Niente affatto, se l’ensemble in questione è ...

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Drew Gress: 7 Black Butterflies

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Drew Gress throws his contender for year's best in with 7 Black Butterflies, a crackling collection uniting a stellar cast of players who live up to their collective reputation. With Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, Craig Taborn, and Tom Rainey fully engaged, Gress holds an all-aces hand. His multifaceted compositions provide the tracks for this ride, while ...

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Drew Gress: 7 Black Butterflies

Read "7 Black Butterflies" reviewed by John Kelman

Along with Scott Colley, Drew Gress must be the most ubiquitous bassist on the New York scene. Gress' broad stylistic reach has allowed him to support artists including pianist Fred Hersch, trumpeter Dave Douglas, and saxophonist Tim Berne since arriving on the scene in the late '80s. Capable of bringing an unerring sense of tradition to ...

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Drew Gress: 7 Black Butterflies

Read "7 Black Butterflies" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Bassist Drew Gress consistently delivers, whether he's playing straight-ahead or outwardly adventurous music. He maintains a vigorous touring and recording schedule with a swath of the jazz community. Though creatively challenging, this approach has limited the time he has to develop his own music. With 7 Black Butterflies, his third CD as a leader, Gress makes ...

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Drew Gress: 7 Black Butterflies

Read "7 Black Butterflies" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Most of the music on this exhilarating record defies easy description. Much of it is lyrical, even beautiful. There's some driving, fiery swing. The improvising is of a consistently high order throughout. And Gress contributes his inventive compositions, with structures that challenge the improvisers with knotty harmonies and tempo changes. On 7 Black Butterflies, the whole ...

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Drew Gress: 7 Black Butterflies

Read "7 Black Butterflies" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Music that reveals beauty even in the Rhinoceros...

To say that Drew Gress may be one of today's premier bassists/composers is a bold statement, but one with considerable merit. The veteran player has profoundly enhanced numerous recordings by names like Uri Crane, Don Byron, and Ravi Coltrane with his distinct sound, dynamic playing, ...

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Dave Douglas/Louis Sclavis/Peggy Lee/Dylan Van Der Schyff: Bow River Falls

Read "Bow River Falls" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Recorded one afternoon during the Banff Workshop, Bow River Falls is trumpeter Dave Douglas' first cooperative effort since New and Used in the early '90s. Douglas, clarinetist Louis Sclavis, cellist Peggy Lee and drummer Dylan Van Der Schyff all contributed compositions, mostly from their earlier discographies, which were rearranged for this session. Perhaps because of the ...