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Pete Zimmer: Prime of Life

Read "Prime of Life" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Prime of Life, drummer Pete Zimmer's fifth recording as a leader, has a clean, crisp, soulful sound. The players of the quartet--all top-notch musicians--meld their talents into a polished cohesion. Zimmer is a fine drummer capable of impeccable timekeeping and intricate, though usually subtle percussive flourishes. Zimmer's music, with its tight grooves, sounds like heartland jazz, ...

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Uou: Home

Read "Home" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The long and interesting road for five students--from Japan to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then to New York's exhilarating jazz scene--arrives at their splendid group recording, aptly titled Home. The band, named UoU, consists of members who have garnered numerous individual recognitions and awards, and studied/performed with a who's who's list of today's ...

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Kyle Asche Organ Trio: Blues for Mel

Read "Blues for Mel" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chicago-based guitarist Kyle Asche opens his sophomore release, Blues for Mel, with the set's title tune, a tribute to Melvin Rhyne, the organist who most famously played with guitarist Wes Montgomery on four stellar Riverside releases in the late fifties and early sixties. The tune is a cool Montgomery-ish ride, drenched in the organ trio tradition. ...

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Vitaly Golovnev: to whom it may concern

Read "to whom it may concern" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Unlike young musicians who are anxious to show off their catholic tastes, the focal point of trumpeter Vitaly Golovnev's debut recording as a leader falls into the comparatively narrow bop-to-hard bop continuum. Because these tightly entwined styles were firmly entrenched over a half-century ago, and then diluted or abandoned altogether in favor of other developments, their ...

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Pete Zimmer Quintet: Judgment

Read "Judgment" reviewed by Samuel Chell

Les Paul, the “Wizard of Waukesha," may be the better-known musician, but the guitarist's spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship is clearly evident in a fellow Waukesha native, drummer Pete Zimmer. Unable to find a studio to record his music, Zimmer founded his own label, frequently featuring other Wisconsinites (Rich Germanson, John Sullivan, Joel Frahm) and, on ...

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Pete Zimmer Quintet: Judgment

Read "Judgment" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Drummer and bandleader Pete Zimmer hasn't lost a step in getting his product to the people. Arriving in New York around the time of 9/11, he understandably found it difficult to get a record deal. So he created his own label, Tippin', on which Judgment is Zimmer's third release. He essentially keeps the same personnel from ...

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Pete Zimmer Quintet: Judgment

Read "Judgment" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Pete Zimmer pays homage to the music and innovators of the hard bop era on Judgment, an inspired and sometimes exceptional collection of mostly original tunes played by a wonderful group of musicians who clearly share the drummer's admiration of the standards. “The Mingus That I Knew, written by guest George Garzone, captures ...

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Pete Zimmer Quintet: Burnin' Live At The Jazz Standard

Read "Burnin' Live At The Jazz Standard" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Pete Zimmer, a native of Waukesha, Wisconson, studied jazz drumming and orchestra percussion at North Ilinois University. While a student at NIU, he was able to learn under the aegis of Chicago drummer Jeff Stitely. In 1998, Zimmer moved to Boston to complete his education at the New England Conservatory, studying under the tutelage of Panamanian ...

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The Pete Zimmer Quintet: Burnin' Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Burnin' Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The beauty of music is that when a subgenre emerges, it can evolve, even as the overall genre evolves. This is evident with hard bop and Burnin' Live. To be sure, this is hard bop. It is patently East Coast. The combo format is a trumpet/tenor quintet. The music is bebop, as passed through the prism ...

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Pete Zimmer Quintet: Common Man

Read "Common Man" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Though not as rare as they once were, outfits led by drummer/composers are still a minority in jazz. Picking up that mantle, Pete Zimmer, the young drummer best known for his work with saxophonist George Garzone, defies the cliche that drummers' records are nothing more than chops-driven accompanied drum solos. His debut, Common Man, serves up ...


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