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Frank Foster and the Loud Minority Big Band: Well Water

Read "Well Water" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Classici arrangiamenti swinganti su un tappeto sonoro post-boppistico. È la chiave di volta di questo disco inciso nel 1978, rimasto inedito fino a d’ora. In più, armoniosi temi ricchi di unisoni, per esaltare gli ariosi arrangiamenti del leader, impegnato anche al sax tenore nonché alla direzione orchestrale. Sax, tromboni ed anche flauti in bell’evidenza in un tradizionale tessuto ...

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Winard Harper Sextet: Make It Happen

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Winard Harper è un batterista che lavora da tempo con questo gruppo con cui, cosa non sempre possibile per chi segue la strada del bop più o meno “verace", cerca sempre di portare novità nella sua musica, di mischiare le carte con armonie e ritmi inusuali per il genere che fa. Gli ospiti che ha invitato, come il ...

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Frank Foster and the Loud Minority Big Band: Well Water

Read "Well Water" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Thirty years ago, saxophonist Frank Foster and drummer Elvin Jones escorted eighteen other musicians (whom Foster dubbed the Loud Minority Big Band) into a recording studio in New York City to tape an album, Well Water. The hope was that a label would be found and the music released for public consumption.

That never happened, and ...

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Winard Harper: Make It Happen

Read "Make It Happen" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Drummer, composer and bandleader Winard Harper brings his relentless exuberance to Make It Happen, where the seemingly disparate Afro-Caribbean and bebop styles stand shoulder to shoulder. The percussion-driven nature of the recording is evident from the top, with an energetic arrangement of Charlie Parker's “Segment where Alione Faye's percussion binding the fabric of the two genres ...

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Winard Harper Sextet: Make It Happen

Read "Make It Happen" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazz records made in one day aren't particularly unique. But looking at the large cast of players on Make It Happen, one has to be impressed at the amount of planning that went into the session--an effort that, in the hands of lesser mortals, might suck the life out of such an ambitious outing. But drummer ...

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Winard Harper Sextet: Make It Happen

Read "Make It Happen" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Veteran drummer Winard Harper (who has played with Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Betty Carter, Ray Bryant, Abdullah Ibrahim, Pharoah Sanders, Clifford Jordan and others) gives us two albums in one on Make It Happen.

The first is percussion-heavy. The opening tracks, for example, present an approach to ensemble sound that recalls Mosaic-era Jazz Messengers (carefully arranged ...

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Charnett Moffett: Internet

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Sono trascorsi nove anni dall’esordio discografico di Charnett Moffett, successivamente distintosi nel ruolo di valente contrabbassista di Ornette Coleman e McCoy Tyner. Per quel che riguarda il suo nono CD da leader, due distinte chiavi di lettura si impongono all’attenzione del recensore, chiamato a valutare sia la brillantezza espressiva dei musicisti che la bontà del progetto. Ragguardevoli sono le doti ...

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Charnett Moffett: Internet

Read "Internet" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Every now and then a bassist emerges as a front man and the instrument takes a whole new personality. Such is the case on Internet, where Charnett Moffett wrote every tune but one, an effects-laden take on “The Star Spangled Banner" obviously inspired by Jimi Hendrix. Moffett uses acoustic, electric, fretless and piccolo basses (often more ...

Bud Powell: Eternity

Read "Eternity" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The great Bud Powell casts a very long shadow over all jazz piano players, not to mention most melodic/harmonic improvisers, regardless of instrument. His best recordings are simply indispensable. However, it is also known to jazz fans that Powell's life “unraveled, after what today would be called a hate crime brought on a crescendo of mental ...

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Bud Powell: Eternity

Read "Eternity" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Let me begin by saying that I'm no Bud Powell aficionado. I understand there were undoubtedly times when he played far better than this, and times when he may have played even worse. All I can say with assurance is that had I not seen Powell's name and picture on this album, I never would have ...