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Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club: Adventures

Read "Adventures" reviewed by Virginia A. Schaefer

Adventures is the high-energy first release of Explorer's Club, led by accomplished saxophonist and composer Charlie Kohlhase. The septet includes a guitarist, bassist, two drummers, two saxophonists, and trombonist. Kohlhase puts together their expertise to produce an impressive range of instrumental combinations, timbres, and textures in the outside-but-accessible style for which he's known.

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Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club: Adventures

Read "Adventures" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Charlie Kohlhase è un multi-strumentista da anni attivo sulla scena di Boston, rinomato docente ma noto soprattutto per la sua storica appartenenza all'acclamata Either/Orchestra, vero e proprio laboratorio musicale che ha formato molti dei musicisti di punta dell'area. Il lascito di quell'esperienza si è concretizzato nel gusto per il divertimento, per la ricerca (vedi lo splendido Good Night Songs ...

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Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Proverbs of Sam

Read "Proverbs of Sam" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Master of semi-exotic Eastern double-reed instruments, Bill Cole has spent most of his professional life as an academic. Criminally under-recorded, when Seasoning the Greens, a 2001 concert of his Untempered Ensemble was released in 2002, fans of freely improvised worldbeat jazz only had to wait one year. So the question raised by Proverbs of Sam is: ...

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Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club: Adventures

Read "Adventures" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Charlie Kohlhase is an entertaining adventurer. In his role as a composer, he draws on several influences. His eye is on the final dimension and in pursuing that, he uses a wide range of styles. Taken individually the styles seem to be odd bedfellows, but when the course of their journey has been charted, they have ...

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Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club: Adventures

Read "Adventures" reviewed by Troy Collins

A longstanding veteran of the Boston jazz scene, multi-instrumentalist Charlie Kohlhase's skills as a bandleader were honed as a member of the esteemed Either/Orchestra and through collaborations with legendary saxophonist John Tchicai. The Explorer's Club is his newest venture, a powerhouse line-up featuring two drummers. Encompassing a range of dynamics, from AACM styled impressionism and Mingus-inspired ...

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Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Proverbs for Sam

Read "Proverbs for Sam" reviewed by Troy Collins

Proverbs for Sam is dedicated to the late saxophonist Sam Furnace, a charter member of double reed master Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble. The majority of the album is culled from the 2001 Vision Festival in New York, while the majestic finale is drawn from the same 2001 Burlington, Vermont concert documented on Seasoning of the Greens ...

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Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Proverbs for Sam

Read "Proverbs for Sam" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bill Cole has such a typical American name that those unfamiliar with his music could be forgiven for expecting to hear quintessential American jazz on his recorded offerings. Cole, a rare breed of jazz artist who has focused his efforts on uniting Eastern sounds with the American art form, is a musical seeker who has, over ...

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Bobby Few: Lights and Shadows

Read "Lights and Shadows" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bobby Few has had an impressive career as a pianist. Though he studied classical music, he weaned himself from that when he first heard jazz. His playing now rides several styles that open in a swell of harmonic inventions and rich chord structures. His ability has seen him in the comfort zone with Steve Lacy, Archie ...

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The Jack & Jim Show: Hearing is Believing

Read "Hearing is Believing" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

One never knows with Eugene Chadbourne. The multi-faceted entertainer is a mine full of surprises. He plays the banjo, the guitar and the electric rake, besides singing and composing. He has worked with musicians whose styles are diverse, yet he makes a compact fit. How many could lay claim to being one in spirit and song ...

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Bobby Few: Lights and Shadows

Read "Lights and Shadows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Count pianist Bobby Few as one of those jazz artists deserving more recognition. Chalk his low profile up to expatriation--he's lived in Paris since 1969. Unless you've followed the career of Albert Ayler--Few played on Ayler's Music is the Healing Force of the Universe (Impulse!, 1969)--or soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (Few was the pianist in Lacy's ...