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SJZ Collective: SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

Read "SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk" reviewed by Doug Collette

Until a saucy swagger kicks in on the fourth and final track, “Blue Monk," it's difficult if not impossible to recognize this music as a tribute to the late Thelonious Monk And that's perfectly appropriate--no similarly-conceived homage should be overly familiar. But it is also a tribute to the ingenuity of the SJZ Collective, and the ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Hristo Vitchev: Charting His Own Way

Read "Hristo Vitchev: Charting His Own Way" reviewed by David Becker

Hristo Vitchev isn't a typical guitar hero. Supremely fluent with his instrument, the prolific composer and performer would rather communicate than show off complex technique. His albums and concerts are full of gorgeously understated performances that leave just the right amount of room for the musicians to support each other and the audience to fill in ...

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Wally Schnalle: Idiot Fish

Read "Idiot Fish" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

For his ninth album as leader, and with over 40 years of experience at the kit, drummer-composer Wally Schnalle has pulled out all the stops. Working sound bytes into delicate infusions of soul, jazz, and electronica, Schnalle nourishes an integrated field of sound that at once evokes seventies nostalgia and progressive futurism. Toward achieving this effect, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wally Schnalle’s Debut at the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay California

Read "Wally Schnalle’s Debut at the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay California" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Wally Schnalle Quartet
Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, California
June 13, 2010

Wally Schnalle and his quartet made its debut at the Douglas Beach House and once underway, everyone in the house knew that a hard hitting jazz-fusion band had arrived. In an appearance celebrating the release of his ...

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Wally Schnalle: The Suit

Read "The Suit" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

"The Suit," drummer Wally Schnalle writes in the liner notes to his new album of the same name, “is simply a metaphor for a myriad of musical constraints such as: idiom, genre, common practice, expectations, bag, style, and convention. Each of these, and more, I find can impose severe limitations on creativity. And so the straight ...

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Wally Schnalle: That Place

Read "That Place" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Drummer Wally Schnalle leads an impressive West Coast ensemble on an album of what could be called “post post-bop." More precisely, it's modern, exploratory jazz that still, generally, retains melody and recognizable form.

Schnalle's 11 original compositions here range from hard funk to almost-free jazz. A few of the tunes put me in mind of ...