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The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

Read "The Cry of Jay Rodriguez" reviewed by Michael Blake



On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

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Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me, Jazz Passengers: Still Life with Troube, Papanosh: Chicken in a Bottle

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Non credo che i puristi del caso si possano stupire di una recensione tripla che non vuole porre in contrapposizione tre lavori discografici afferenti ad una similare idea di base, bensì presentarli entro un unico pacchetto di “meraviglie contemporanee." Anche perché questi tre dischi potrebbero essere certamente acquistati ad occhi bendati quale brillante testimonianza di alcune ...

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Livelove Radio Bremen series continues: Working Week and Jazz Passengers

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The Livelove series issuing archival live Radio Bremen recordings began with Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House from January 1975 (Promising Music, 2015) and the Horace Silver Quintet from June 1977 (Promising Music, 2015). That seems like a pretty wide range: from jazz fusion to hard bop. But the third and fourth releases in the series ...

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet: Intents and Purposes

Read "Intents and Purposes" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Rileggere alcuni dei classici del jazz-rock elettrico anni '70 secondo una prospettiva acustica potrebbe sembrare una scommessa decisamente azzardata per molti. Non per il chitarrista di origine pakistana Rez Abbasi, che alla guida di un quartetto acustico completato dal vibrafono di Bill Ware e dalla sezione ritmica formata dal contrabbassista Stephan Crump e dal batterista Eric ...

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The Third Annual World Vibes Congress Creates Waves in Asbury Park

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Another epic gathering of vibraphone players was uncorked and, like Champagne on New Year's Eve, this bubbly was not staying in the bottle. Part of the Third World Vibes Congress, the jam exploded at the packed Langosta Lounge and Restaurant on Asbury Park's boardwalk early in January. Pairs of vibes players, many of whom had never ...

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The Art of the Guitar: Samo Salamon, Christer Fredriksen, Rez Abbasi & Juan Pablo Hernández

Read "The Art of the Guitar: Samo Salamon, Christer Fredriksen, Rez Abbasi & Juan Pablo Hernández" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The guitar is an instrument that continues to inspire musicians around the world and since early pioneers like Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian showed the endless possibilities of the instrument, the guitar has also been an important part of the evolution of jazz. One can certainly speak of a genre called jazz guitar, with characteristic chord ...

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The Dave Stryker Trio Swings A Log Church

Read "The Dave Stryker Trio Swings A Log Church" reviewed by Gloria Krolak

Once through pastoral Medford Village in Burlington County, NJ, you arrive at Medford Lakes, a community of period log cabins under towering pine trees just off Stokes, the main road. In this onetime lakeside resort, hand-hewn from local wood, beckons a big cabin called Cathedral of the Woods. Russell Quigliata, who managed Cecil Payne until the ...

The Puppeteers: The Puppeteers

Read "The Puppeteers" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The band's moniker is derived from the Brooklyn, NY club, Puppet's Jazz, which closed its doors in 2011. Here, the musicians who logged numerous hours at the club are reunited and spark a winning formula by dishing out the complete package. Insanely hip, sinuously shaped, and with an unstoppable attack, the soloists ride atop an undulating ...

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The Jazz Passengers Reunited al Teatro Manzoni, Milano

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Aperitivo in Concerto
Teatro Manzoni
Milano
02.03.2014

Aria di festa, al teatro Manzoni di Milano. Sul palco, per il concerto conclusivo della rassegna Aperitivo in concerto, i Jazz Passengers di Roy Nathanson e Curtis Fowlkes, mitici esponenti di quella New York anni '80 terribilmente cool e cult che si muoveva ...

The Puppeteers: The Puppeteers

Read "The Puppeteers" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

For six years, until May 2011, Puppet's Jazz in Brooklyn hosted sessions by many fine jazz musicians. Four of those musicians, including the club's co-founder, drummer Jaime Affoumado, come together on The Puppeteers, a collection of tunes inspired by hard bop, Latin, funk and many other welcome influences. The club may no longer be around, but ...