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Kandinsky Trio: On Light Wings

Read "On Light Wings" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Twenty-five years running, the Kandinsky Trio bridges many gaps and overlays numerous musical perimeters via a thoroughly hip stance. Here, the trio records two suite-like compositions by John D'Earth who is the University of Virginia's Director of Jazz Studies, and a contributor to 50 recordings, including stints with Buddy Rich, Tito Puente and the Kronos Quartet. ...


Cameron Brown: Here and How! Volume 2!

Read "Here and How! Volume 2!" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Bassist Cameron Brown has had a long and illustrious career as a sideman. He has appeared on around 100 recordings, providing an anchor for luminaries such as Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd and Beaver Harris, as well as the celebrated Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet. In 2003 Brown stepped out as a leader with Here and How!, culled ...


Joe Locke / Frank Kimbrough: Verrazano Moon

Read "Verrazano Moon" reviewed by John Kelman

With the now 37 year-old ongoing partnership of Chick Corea and Gary Burton, it might appear that the gold standard for piano/vibraphone duets has been set. But while they don't perform or record nearly as often, vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Frank Kimbrough have set their own standard for playing as a duo. Much like friends ...

John Hollenbeck: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'aspetto di A Blessing che più colpisce al primo ascolto è il lungo snodarsi delle linee melodiche, lontano dalla stringatezza percussiva tipica del jazz per big band. I suoi temi avvolgono ipnotici, quasi minimalisti, costruiti su cellule che sviluppano lente e inesorabili, affidate a insiemi strumentali tipici della scrittura di Gil Evans e altri arrangiatori bianchi ...


Lee Konitz - Ohad Talmor Big Band: Portology

Read "Portology" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La foto di copertina ritrae una serie di tipiche abitazioni portoghesi, dai colori sfavillanti e variopinti. È una bella metafora per connotare questa nuova collaborazione discografica tra la leggenda vivente del jazz Lee Konitz e il sassofonista ed arrangiatore Ohad Talmor. Una intesa umana ed artistica più che decennale tra i due artisti, che sembra aver ...


David Liebman Group: Blues All Ways

Read "Blues All Ways" reviewed by John Kelman

While the blues is one of the clearest roots of conventional jazz tradition, few but saxophonist Dave Liebman could release an album that covers as many stylistic bases as Blues All Ways.There's good reason why Liebman can create a blues homage ranging from the 7/4 Memphis shuffle of “Elvis the Pelvis" and lithe, harmonically ...


Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor Big Band: Portology

Read "Portology" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Lee Konitz and Ohad Talmor first met in 1990, and then toured Europe in 1994 and 1995 with a large ensemble, playing Talmor's “Suite for Lee Konitz. Konitz later performed with Talmor's septet. And now, as part of his eightieth birthday and fifty-year career celebrations, the alto saxophonist has recorded three CDs with composer, arranger and ...


Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor Big Band: Portology

Read "Portology" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Portology is the third in a series of CDs featuring a fruitful collaboration between alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and saxophonist/composer/arranger Ohad Talmor. With a fifty year-plus career behind him--most of it involving small group work--it's hard to believe that tPortology is alto saxophonist Lee Konitz' first outing fronting a big band. Not that he hasn't played ...


Lee Konitz / Lee Konitz - Ohad Talmor String Project:: New Nonet / Inventions

Read "New Nonet / Inventions" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Prossimo a compiere gli ottanta anni, Lee Konitz mantiene una verve ed una curiosità musicale davvero rare nel mondo del jazz. A questo si aggiunga una perizia senza tempo di un strumentista unico, che si concede generosamente al confronto con le nuove generazioni di musicisti. Rispettivamente incisi nel 2004 e nel 2005, i due cd in ...


Dan Willis: Velvet Gentlemen

Read "Velvet Gentlemen" reviewed by Jim Santella

Taking its title from a pet nickname that was applied to composer Erik Satie by children in his neighborhood, Velvet Gentlemen features multi-instrumentalist Dan Willis with a modern mainstream sextet, freely interpreting eleven original pieces. The band covers a lot of territory. The leader plays eleven woodwind instruments on the session, including tenor and soprano saxophones, ...


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