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Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette

Read "Ornettiquette" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Included on an album dedicated to the legendary Ornette Coleman, it is “Ghosts," a composition by saxophonist Albert Ayler. Trumpeter Chris Pasin assembled an impressive collection of musicians to record Ornettiquette with Karl Berger and vocalist Ingrid Sertso, both connected to the 1960s revolution through their work with Coleman and Don Cherry. In addition, there's saxophonist ...

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Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette

Read "Ornettiquette" reviewed by Chris Mosey

It's amazing how quickly what was billed as the future of jazz became its past. In 1959 when saxophonist Ornette Coleman released his third album, he wanted to call it Focus On Sanity. Instead, at the insistence of Atlantic producer Nesuhi Ertegun, it was portentously titled The Shape Of Jazz To Come. Other musicians took heed ...

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Diane Moser: Birdsongs

Read "Birdsongs" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There is a tradition of composers finding inspiration in the songs of birds. Olivier Messiaen did it in the classical realm and Eric Dolphy did it in the jazz world. Pianist Diane Moser follows in that tradition on this CD, turning birdsong into a bevy of haunting compositions both for solo piano and the trio of ...

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Bill Warfield: For Lew

Read "For Lew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Lew" referred to on Renaissance man Bill Warfield's latest big-band album, For Lew, is the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, whom Warfield remembers in the liner notes as “my mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration." The inspiration arrived when the teen-age Warfield, who had switched from trumpet to piano after losing his front teeth in an auto ...

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Diane Moser: Birdsongs

Read "Birdsongs" reviewed by Troy Dostert

While she hasn't gotten quite the recognition she deserves, pianist/composer Diane Moser has steadily released a series of fine recordings over the last couple decades. Her 17-piece Composers Big Band recorded Live at Tierney's Tavern in 1999 (on the New Arts label), but she's also made some excellent smaller-group records, some of which have featured some ...

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Chris Pasin: Baby It's Cold Outside

Read "Baby It's Cold Outside" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Chris Pasin clearly buys into the idea that spreading holiday cheer with and for those who are near and dear is a beautiful manifestation of the Christmas spirit. For Baby It's Cold Outside the veteran trumpeter gathered seven of his musical chums and put together a program of tried-and-true yuletide nuggets, remaining loyal enough to the ...

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INNERrOUTe: Fourmation

Read "Fourmation" reviewed by John Ephland

Starting with keyboardist Joe Vincent Tranchina's steady, alarming tone, Fourmation suggests an emergency of some kind. “Consensual Motion" gradually includes the other three members entering the fray, a fray that's loose and free-form, and eventually calming, not to mention a little bit funky. Michael D'Agostino's drum fills combine with Bill McCrossen's probing basslines to form a ...

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The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland

Read "Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Chi si ricorda di Gary McFarland? Ha attraversato gli anni sessanta come una meteora fino a spegnersi a soli 38 anni, il 2 novembre 1971.
Fu un significativo compositore, orchestratore e leader che iniziò a suonare il vibrafono a 23 anni, bruciando le tappe: nel 1960, appena diplomato al Berklee College (dove studiò composizione), ...

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Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer

Read "OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo disco ci è giunto con un po' di ritardo ma va assolutamente segnalato. È infatti uno dei migliori dischi dell'anno nonchè un omaggio al genio orchestrale di Bob Brookmeyer. Forse non tutti sanno che lo storico trombonista, partner negli anni cinquanta di Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan e Jimmy Giuffre, è stato uno di massimi orchestratori ...

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The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland

Read "Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Drummer Michael Benedict, leader of the BOPITUDE and JAZZ VIBES groups, directs a new quintet assembled for a special project that pays tribute to the late Gary McFarland on Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland. An influential composer, arranger, vibraphonist and vocalist during the 60s, McFarland had a brief career as he met an untimely death ...