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Phil Woods & The Festival Orchestra: New Celebration

Read "New Celebration" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Album celebrativo, nel rispetto del titolo, e pruriti del tutto prossimi al grado zero: ecco cosa ci offre quest'ennesimo album tardo (incisione dell'aprile 2013) di un monumento come Phil Woods, solista-direttore di una big band che sfoggia un sound d'insieme che più in the tradition non si potrebbe.

È ovvio che non è ...

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The Inventions Trio (Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Alisa Horn): Life's a Movie

Read "Life's a Movie" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

In un avvincente incontro tra jazz e mondo classico si sviluppa questo splendido progetto in cui riluce il palpitante violoncello di Alisa Horn. Gli equilibri interni sono dettati da Bill Mays, ma è il camerismo della Horn a brillare in un percorso di grande nitore formale. Il suo toccante eloquio nella rilettura dell'evansiano “Turn Out the ...

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Phil Woods & the Festival Orchestra: New Celebration

Read "New Celebration" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Any album with the renowned Phil Woods leading a big band (or jazz orchestra) is cause for celebration, especially so when he has written all but one of the charts and takes the bulk of the alto solos. More than fifteen years have passed since Woods last recorded with the COTA Festival Orchestra from his home ...

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Bill Mays Inventions Trio: Life's a Movie

Read "Life's a Movie" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For pianist Bill Mays' Inventions Trio, the third time is indeed a charm, as it would be difficult to find music more charming than that performed by Mays, trumpeter Marvin Stamm and cellist Alisa Horn on Life's a Movie, the trio's third album together (and first for Chiaroscuro Records). This is “chamber jazz" of the highest ...

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Hank Jones/Milt Hinton/Bobby Rosengarden: The Trio

Read "The Trio" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

In an article published in the Village Voice a couple of years ago Gary Giddins traced a history of recorded jazz in song, year by year, and Hank Jones’ solo “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” was pegged as the noteworthy performance of 1977. As his rhythm section lays out, Jones tinkles his piano as if prompting ...

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Junior Mance: Music of Thelonious Monk

Read "Music of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Riel Lazarus

In November of 2000 aboard a ship adrift on the Atlantic Ocean, reedman Joe Temperley joined pianist Junior Mance's Floating Jazz Festival Trio in what proved to be a perfect setting for a tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk. Like Monk, the waters beneath them were capable of powerful swings and torrents, and also like ...

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Milt Hinton: The Basement Tapes

Read "The Basement Tapes" reviewed by Riel Lazarus

In recent years, much of the attention given to late bass great Milt Hinton's career and legacy has been directed at his prowess as a jazz photographer. Nevertheless, we must not forget that behind those extraordinary photographs was an equally extraordinary musician. With Chiaroscuro's recent release of The Basement Tapes, jazz fans will find a welcome ...

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John Bunch: English Songbook

Read "English Songbook" reviewed by Mark Corroto

An admitted supporter of free jazz and the avant guard of music, I felt like a lurker as I pushed the play button on jazz piano traditionalist John Bunch’s recording of the British songbook. After a couple of tracks, I was hooked and an instant fan of this octogenarian master.

Bunch, born in Indiana, ...

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The National Jazz Ensemble: 1975-1976

Read "1975-1976" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I don’t know what brought the National Jazz Ensemble together or what ever happened to it, but I’m thankful that Hank O’Neal, the head man at Chiaroscuro Records, had the foresight to usher the ensemble into a studio to record three albums before it went the way of so many other promising ideas and vanished into ...

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Jesse Green: Sylvan Treasure

Read "Sylvan Treasure" reviewed by Dave Nathan

More and more jazz CDs these days are being released with a track listing dominated by original works of the principal performer. Jesse Green has followed this path with his latest offering. The pianist augments his regular group with bassist Frank Hauch and drummer Bruce Cox, adding some of the most entertaining and technically dominating veteran ...