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Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet: London Live

Read "London Live" reviewed by Troy Dostert

An enticing record from four under-recognized jazz veterans, Jeff “Siege" Siegel's London Live features drummer Siegel and his long-standing partners pianist Francesca Tanksley and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, plus new addition bassist Uli Langthaler, for eight expansive, well-played tracks that combine healthy respect for the jazz tradition with a hint of an adventurous edge.

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Billy Harper: A Life of Persistence and Improvisation

Read "Billy Harper: A Life of Persistence and Improvisation" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

On stage, Billy Harper puts his lips to the tenor saxophone, stands relatively erect and sings through his horn; a strong, angular, muscular sound. There little physical gesticulation, belying the effort it takes to express feelings and emotions through the instrument. But Harper's creative statements demand attention.

Over the last few years, a lot ...

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Billy Harper: Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 2

Read "Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 2" reviewed by George Kanzler

Tenor saxophonist Billy Harper has been keeping the jazz fires kindled by the ritualistic, incantatory side of the classic John Coltrane Quartet stoked and burning bright for over a quarter-century. Here Harper's working quintet, augmented by a second bassist, presents a program redolent of the processional and the chant. Over it all, Harper's coruscating, brawny tenor ...

August 2009

Read "August 2009" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Frank Kimbrough

Birdland

New York City July 14, 2009

When Frank Kimbrough made his leader debut at Birdland (Jul. 14th), easily one of the best piano showcase rooms in New York, there was no doubt he would meet the lofty standard maintained at the club by such fellow pianists as Steve Kuhn and ...

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Jeff "Siege" Siegel: Live in Europe

Read "Live in Europe" reviewed by Karen Hogg

Drummer/composer Jeff Siegel's Live in Europe presents highlights from two radio shows recorded overseas in 2005. Siegel's quartet--tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, pianist Francesca Tanksley and bassist Danton Boller--perform four of Siegel's compositions as well as tunes by Tanksley and Lindsay.

Lindsay's opening “Elvin's Circle" is a moody, propulsive tribute to the great drummer Elvin ...

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Francesca Tanksley: Journey

Read "Journey" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

After years of playing as an acclaimed side musician and serving as a mainstay in the Billy Harper Quintet, pianist Francesca Tanksley has finally made her debut with Journey. Joining her on this trio set are her fellow rhythm section players from Harper's quintet, bassist Clarence Seay and drummer Newman Taylor Baker.

All of ...

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Francesca Tanksley: Journey

Read "Journey" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Resemblances can sometimes cloak reality. It took me a while to get over the fact that Francesca Tanksley looks like my childhood piano teacher. (That sort of musical Freudianism can be hard, you have to understand.) It also took me a while to get over the way her music downright drips with the raw essence of ...

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Francesca Tanksley: Journey

Read "Journey" reviewed by Tom Pierce

Pianist Francesca Tanksley has long captured the respect of musicians and audiences not only in the United States, but also worldwide, as an integral member for many years of the dynamic quintet of saxophonist Billy Harper.

Her career has expanded to include more of her own trio work, with stirring live appearances as well ...