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Billy Mintz: Ugly Beautiful

Read "Ugly Beautiful" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Consisting of seventeen tracks spanning over two hours of playing time, Ugly Beautiful is a large, sprawling, wise, unflinchingly honest, powerful work of art. Billy Mintz's third recording as a leader--all of which were made in the most recent decade of a fifty-year plus career--stubbornly refuses to conform to stylistic boundaries and gleefully defies expectations of ...

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Billy Mintz: Ugly Beautiful

Read "Ugly Beautiful" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer/composer Billy Mintz has a long career of enhancing the music of others with his percussive artistry, everyone from saxophonist Lee Konitz to pianist Hal Galper, to clarinet master Perry Robinson. His own discography as a leader is small, with frequent revisitations of a handful of original compositions that are as distinctive and as worthy of ...

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Roberta Piket: One for Marian

Read "One for Marian" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

In 1945, as World War II came to an end, Marian McPartland (1918-2013) moved from England to the United Sates with her then husband, trumpeter Jimmy McPartland. She had already achieved some notoriety as a pianist on radio shows and with the USO, and in the U.S., with her husband's encouragement, she found a secure niche ...

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Roberta Piket: One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland

Read "One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A young, unrecorded artist is asked to share her talents, sitting in a chair that had been warmed by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie to name just a few of the legends who graced Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz series. It says a great deal about ...

Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)

Read "Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The daughter of noted Austrian composer/conductor Fredrick Piket, New York native Roberta Piket took to the piano at an early age, later receiving a degree in jazz piano from New England Conservatory. Piket studied with pianist Richie Beirach, upon returning to New York and receiving an NEA grant. Years later, Beirach has demonstrated his sureness of ...

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Roberta Piket: Emanation

Read "Emanation" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Roberta Piket sat down at her instrument alone on Solo (Thirteenth Note Records, 2012). It was her first recording in the format, after and marvelous series of trio and quartet sets. An artist known for her “inside/outside" abilities and a cerebral yet emotive approach to piano, her recording debut as a solo artist was unabashedly ...

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Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)

Read "Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In the liner notes for this stimulating album, pianist Richie Beirach, Roberta Piket's friend and once-upon-a-time teacher, refers to the art of solo piano playing as “the Mount Everest of challenges for a jazz pianist." Ain't that the truth. When put in other situations, from episodes in duo discourse to large ensemble endeavors, pianists have the ...

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Billy Mintz: The 2 Bass Band...Live

Read "The 2 Bass Band...Live" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Venerable first-call session artist and bandleader, Billy Mintz (Alan Broadbent Trio, Eddie Daniels Quartet) has logged years of productive time within the East and West Coast USA jazz communities. Calling New York home since 2001, he formed the 2 Bass Band, which is a unit that performs at many of the well-known Manhattan venues, but surprisingly, ...

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Lena Bloch: Feathery

Read "Feathery" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Moscovita di nascita ma giramondo per natura dopo un primo trasferimento alla volta di Israele datato 1990, Lena Bloch è una solida tenorista formatasi studiando, fra gli altri, con Yusef Lateef, Joe Lovano e in fondo più di tutti Lee Konitz, che l'ha introdotta all'estetica tristaniana, forgiando per sempre il suo linguaggio (e la sua pronuncia, ...

Lena Bloch: Feathery

Read "Lena Bloch: Feathery" reviewed by Dave Wayne

One of the really enjoyable things about listening to jazz is that, after a few years, one is able to discern some aspects of a particular musician's stylistic evolution. If her debut album, Feathery, is any indication, saxophonist Lena Bloch has staked a claim on some of the most distinct real estate in the jazz neighborhood; ...