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Mike LeDonne: Bags Groove (A Tribute to Milt Jackson)

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Bags...in all his glory...

Intermediate-sized jazz bands have always been interesting. Miles Davis' 1949 Birth of the Cool Nonette set the stage for all “little-big" bands. Pianist Mike LeDonne's tribute to Milt Jackson, Bags Groove, is performed in this same vein. Ledonne assembles a swinging little octet that effectively takes Jackson's better known compositions and pieces ...

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Dave Santoro: The New Standard

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Bass on Top...

Bassist Dave Santoro has formed a “standards" quartet that effectively expands the philosophy of Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio. Jarrett, along with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock represent a “standards" unit, reinterpreting the great American songbook. They have had the market cornered in performing standards for the last 20 years. Santoro makes ...

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Dave Santoro: The New Standard

Read "The New Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bass on Top...

Bassist Dave Santoro has formed a “standards" quartet that effectively expands the philosophy of Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio. Jarrett, along with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock represent a “standards" unit, reinterpreting the great American songbook. They have had the market cornered in performing standards for the last 20 years. Santoro makes ...

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The Richard Sussman Quintet: Free Fall

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The re-release of a classic...

Formerly released on Inner City records in 1979, Richard Sussman's Post Bop masterpiece Free Fall languished for several years before being revived by Jamey Aebersold and Double Time Jazz Records. It is odd that as fine a recording as this is, Sussman recorded only once more for Inner City Records ( ...

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Bill Charlap: Contrasts with Jon Gordon / Voyage with Phil Woods

Read "Contrasts with Jon Gordon / Voyage with Phil Woods" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A precocious, well- studied pianist, trading eights with two alto giants.

 The common denominator in both of these recent releases would at first glance appear to be pianist Bill Charlap. However, the relationship goes much deeper. Alto saxophonist Jon Gordon was a school chum of Charlap's at New York City's High School for the Performing. Phil ...

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The Richard Sussman Quintet: Free Fall

Read "Free Fall" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Originally released on “Inner City Records” in 1978, this reissue sounds as fresh and cutting-edge as just about anything that resembles contemporary mainstream/progressive jazz! Pianist, Richard Sussman sports a very impressive resume; evidenced by his work with “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” Buddy Rich, pop vocalist, Carly Simon, and others. Besides, he also composed a portion to ...

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Mike LeDonne: Bags Groove

Read "Bags Groove" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The survival of jazz as a living art form depends on the transmission of essential performance elements from one generation to the next, with the proviso that youth eventually contribute something new to the tradition rather than simply stay in place. Heeding all aspects of this process,Bags Groove, Mike LeDonne’s homage to the late Milt Jackson, ...

Craig Wuepper: The Returnsman

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Jazz ensembles led by drummers rarely gain the prominence they perhaps deserve, the outstanding exception being Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Craig Wuepper works hard to change that perception on his maiden album as leader. There are four his works on the program and they are where Wuepper especially displays his considerable drumming talent. Although he cites ...

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Don Braden: The Contemporary Standards Ensemble

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It's a known fact that the majority of jazz performers, both past and present, draw on popular material in some way or form for a part of their repertoire. These items are the “standards" that have become the language of most improvising musicians. These tunes have stood the test of time, but emanate from a previous ...

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Dan Wall: On the Inside Looking In

Read "On the Inside Looking In" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It just so happens that he currently makes his home in Cleveland, Ohio, yet pianist/organist Dan Wall is a world class player who could hold his own in New York, LA or just about anywhere. An integral part of guitarist John Abercrombie’s trio for some eight years now (see and hear Open Land and Tactics ), ...