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Travis Sullivan: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New Directions could signify a paradigm shift for alto saxophonist Travis Sullivan's eighteen-piece Björkestra, a unit dedicated to performing arrangements of Icelandic pop vocalist Björk. Sullivan goes back to his fundamental mainstream jazz roots on the lyrically rich New Directions, assembled with memorable comps and sterling interplay from his quartet. Sullivan's vocal-like tonalities and muscular alto ...

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Travis Sullivan: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Travis Sullivan's New Directions, his Posi-Tone debut, is a rewarding trip through a mix of strong, self-penned, tunes and an unusual combination of covers. The saxophonist leads his quartet with style, emphasizing musicality and emotional engagement over displays of technique, and creating a sparkly collection that emphatically establishes his talents as a composer as well as ...

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Travis Sullivan: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Travis Sullivan has received lots of coverage for the music he creates with his Björkestra, but the success of that band is a double-edged sword. While following the musical pathways set forth by his Icelandic muse has helped the saxophonist expand his audience, it also temporarily suppressed his own musical personality. With New Directions, Sullivan ...

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Cross Border Trio: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The Cross Border Trio bring a freewheeling spirit to New Directions, their first album. Paquito Villa (drum set and percussion) was responsible for getting the trio together when he invited Jason Robinson (tenor saxophone) and Joscha Oetz (bass) to form a group with him. Rob Thorsen came in when Oetz moved to Lima.

The trio works ...

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New Directions: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The New Groove. New Directions was the promotional brainchild of Blue Note Records president Bruce Lundvall. Lundvall, in an effort to further promote an already well established collaborative spirit among the Blue Note stablemates, asked alto saxophonist Greg Osby to pull together a group of the younger players signed to the label rooster. The plan was ...

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New Directions: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by David Adler

These four cutting-edge players did some recent touring under the name New Directions. Their self-titled studio debut consists mainly of short and to-the-point reworkings of Blue Note classics. Altoist/leader Greg Osby remarks that the group limited itself primarily to the boogaloo and funk side of Blue Note, feeling that the more cerebral and avant-garde stuff was ...

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Greg Osby, Stefon Harris, Mark Shim, Jason Moran: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Jim Santella

Another modern mainstream sextet plays standards. Not exactly. It’s true that Greg Osby, Stefon Harris, Mark Shim and Jason Moran are four of the most exciting younger cats to come along in years. And it’s true that they’re playing classic tunes from the modern mainstream vocabulary. But this front line is made up of two saxophones, ...

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Harris/Moran/Osby/Shim: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

For the second time since Blue Note Records was revived in 1985, the label has gathered a resourceful group of jazz lions to present an up-to-the-minute glimpse of the hard bop legacy. And if New Directions proves to be as critical in launching jazz careers as it's precursor was, recalling that Out of the Blue introduced ...

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Teddy Charles: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Perhaps the most rarefied release in Prestige’s new string of limited edition reissues, this disc gathers three incredibly scarce ten-inch recordings by vibraphonist Teddy Charles. Each of the sessions collected provides a stimulating glimpse into realms of experimentation often overlooked by jazz fans and historians alike. Charles was one of the most active members of a ...