All About Jazz

Home » Tag Center » Tag: Creative Nation Music

Content by tag "Creative Nation Music"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer: Book Of Water

Read "Book Of Water" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Boston based guitarist and rising star Eric Hofbauer obviously isn't afraid of challenges. But then again, no musician/artist should be if they wish to leave a mark. The compositional intent at first come across rather lofty: a five part, multi-ensemble project interpreting wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, namely the five pillars of Chinese philosophy understood ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer's Five Agents: Book Of Water

Read "Book Of Water" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This CD marks the beginning of an ambitious project for guitarist Eric Hofbauer, five connected recordings based on the Chinese philosophical construct of the Five Agents, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each of these recordings is to have a different instrumental lineup, but for this first one, Book Of Water, he uses an explosive jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pocket Aces: Cull the Heard

Read "Cull the Heard" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

Pocket Aces have made all the right moves in gearing up for their first album. The three improvisers are comfortable with each other, having spent time playing together, unearthing their sound. Cull the Heard finds the leaderless trio composing as they improvise, curating an album full of focussed and engaging songs. The Boston trio omits any ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dylan Jack: Diagrams

Read "Diagrams" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Il giovane batterista Dylan Jack, nativo del Massachusetts, ci presenta in questo album il suo quartetto e non si può dire che l'incontro non sia interessante: le geometrie del gruppo sono nette, chiare, il suo eloquio, e lo stesso equilibrio fra i vari strumenti, altrettanto, peraltro in un contesto che sa prendersi i suoi rischi, senza ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz – Volumes 1 & 2

Read "Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz – Volumes 1 & 2" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

With sure workmanship and untamed inquisitiveness, Boston-based guitarist Eric Hofbauer is no stranger to confronting unusual yet stimulating music. Examples include 2008's uncharacteristic guitar duo The Lady of Khartoum with Garrison Fewell or the striking American solo series--American Vanity (2004), American Fear (2010) and American Grace (2013)--which crossed distinctive terrains of improvisation and covers of iconic ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer: American Grace

Read "American Grace" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Con questo lavoro si conclude la trilogia iniziata dal chitarrista Eric Hofbauer nel 2004 con American Vanity, e proseguita nel 2010 con American Fear. American Grace mantiene la stessa impostazione dei precedenti: una raccolta di composizioni originali e riletture di brani di varia estrazione inseriti nell'ottica di un discorso più ampio e generale che coinvolge vari ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o): ReContraDoble

Read "ReContraDoble" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Executed and stylized within the heart of Tango, Pablo Ablanedo's octet features distinguished jazz trumpeter Phil Grenadier and other prominent Boston-based musicians. The Argentinean composer/pianist incisive arrangements, charted with layered horns and contrapuntal theme-building exercises are contoured by breezy choruses, buoyant jazz improv and the inherent festivities often resident within the Latin jazz element. Ablanedo's compositions ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o): ReContraDoble

Read "ReContraDoble" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quella riunita per la registrazione di ReContraDoble è la terza edizione del Pablo Ablanedo Octet (dopo From Down There, Alegria), formazione che da oltre dieci anni si rivela come l'espressione più completa e compiuta della visione musicale del pianista e compositore argentino. Tra le fila delle varie formazioni sono passati musicisti di grande personalità come Ben Monder, Chris Cheek, Jenny Scheinman, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer: American Grace

Read "American Grace" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Origami or balloon animals, it is always interesting what a solo artist can do with his bare hands. Same for a gifted guitarist like Eric Hofbauer, whose American Grace completes a trilogy of solo recordings that began with American Vanity (Creative Nation, 2004), and was followed by American Fear! (Creative Nation, 2010). In these three outing, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alec Spiegelman - Lefteris Kordis - Thor Thorvaldsson: Bebop Trio

Read "Bebop Trio" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Alec Spiegelman, Lefteris Kordis e Thor Thorvaldsson affrontano con lucidità e coerenza una sorta di suite che pesca da brani originali e da celebri cavalli di battaglia del bebop. La loro bravura progettuale e strumentale permette a queste due tipologie di materiale di fondersi elegantemente senza perdere energia. Alec Spiegelman sceglie il clarinetto e lascia nel fodero il ...