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Mysterium: For Quintet

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Improv jazz is, by nature, a creature best observed in its natural habitat: the live performance. This is especially true of groups who've been at it a while, as the interaction between players is half the fun. With a new group like Eric Eigner's Mysterium, it seems the opposite can be true. There's scarce onstage chemistry ...

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Nakatani-Chen Duo: Limn

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One of the highlights of the Vision Club series in 2005 was a crowd-pleasing duet set with legendary violinist Billy Bang and the brilliant percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. With a lesser drummer, this might've been a case of star-player-with-accompaniment, but that was far from what happened. Nakatani was more than up for his share of the spotlight, ...

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Microscopic Sextet: Seven Men in Neckties & Surrealistic Swing

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Microscopic Septet
Seven Men in Neckties
Cuneiform
2006

Microscopic Septet
Surrealistic Swing
Cuneiform
2006





The Microscopic Septet's founder Phillip Johnston frequently posits that the band's music, much ...

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John Hollenbeck: Joys & Desires & Sequence

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John Hollenbeck & Jazz Bigband Graz
Joys & Desires
Intuition
2005

Jorrit Dijkstra + John Hollenbeck
Sequence
Trytone
2006





Jazz' tradition police may have a necessary role ...

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Chris Welcome / Shayna Dulberger / John McLellan: Wound Unwound and Within

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Talented musicians seem to arrive in New York by the busload every day. In fact, the music schools, local and otherwise, are churning them out yearly and depositing them unceremoniously onto the mean streets of this city, where they compete for scanty gigs and elusive attention. Two recent arrivals, bassist Shayna Dulberger and guitarist/cellist Chris Welcome, ...

Graham Haynes/Hardedge: Austere Geometry & Reality Eclipsed

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Graham Haynes
Austere Geometry
Hardedge
2005

Graham Haynes
Reality Eclipsed
Hardedge
2006





Some jazz musicians lean hard toward experimentation. A few fall over the rail. Trumpeter Graham ...

Guitar Fest: Ophiuchus Butterfly & Two Hours

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Liberty Ellman
Ophiuchus Butterfly
Pi
2006

Samo Salomon
Two Hours
Fresh Sound-New Talent
2006





For starters, Ophiuchus is a constellation, a group of stars. In titling his ...

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Odean Pope Saxophone Choir: Locked and Loaded

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On Locked and Loaded, Odean Pope and his saxophone choir offer up lush, drum-tight voicings as gorgeous and rich as any golden age big band section, then shift gear from full-throated crooning to full-throttle blowing with no audible effort. The first two tracks, both Pope originals, set the agenda: the standard-ish ballad “Epitome," which is nearly ...

Modern Jazz Guitar: Vol.19: Acoustic Guitar and The Compass, Log and Lead

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Barry Chabala
Vol.19: Acoustic Guitar
Sachimay
2006

Frith, Wishart, Kihlstedt
The Compass, Log and Lead
Intakt
2006



A guitarist's scraping, tapping, twisting and tweaking the strings of the instrument is ...

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Ray Russell: Goodbye Svengali

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Heavy chops and slick production values are the dominant traits of this recording by British guitar wizard Ray Russell. While offering due tribute to the guitar master's powers, I would have liked to have heard more ideas and fewer effects.

Russell was called up from the minors near the time fusion was starting ...