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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ayman Fanous and Tomas Ulrich in Concert: Improvisational Excitement in Classical Music

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Ayman Fanous and Tomas Ulrich
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Washington D.C.
May 9, 2009



Jazz performance and concert production is hardly thriving in Washington, D.C. Clubs have either closely entirely or altered programming significantly so as to focus on music deemed to have wider commercial appeal. As a result, creative improvisation is increasingly hard ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ayman Fanous & Tomas Ulrich: Labyrinths

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Ayman Fanous & Tomas Ulrich
Labyrinths
Konnex Records
2007

For some listeners, “free jazz" means a careless and chaotic jumble. It appears to contain no distinguishable musical patterns or progressions, and seems to be without any discernable influences--though some may note the music's resonance with the complex polyphony ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Earl May at the Smithsonian's Jazz Cafe

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Earl May
Jazz Café, Smithsonian Institute
Washington, D.C.
October 19, 2007

The Smithsonian Institution hates jazz; at least, their actions may so intimate. For the past few years, Randall Kremer, the intrepid Director of Public Affairs at the National Museum of Natural History and an amateur jazz guitarist, has been ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Falkner Evans: Arc

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There has been considerable effort to redefine the means of expression regarding the standard jazz trio of piano, bass and drums. The world of contemporary popular music has been mined to provide unexpected material. Electronica furnishes additional textures which, perhaps, belie the inherent simplicity of a trio. Nevertheless, there are traditional stalwarts working to solidify the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brad Dutz: When Manatees Attack

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Percussionist Brad Dutz has an astounding range of performance and recording credits, from Leo Kottke and Kiss, to Frank Sinatra and Kenny Loggins. On When Manatees Attack, the Los Angles based musical chameleon both inspires and confuses. The result is a strange mix of improvisatory eclecticism rooted within twentieth century classicism. Although compositional in texture, the ...

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Rashied Ali Quintet: Judgment Day, Volume 1

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Rashied Ali is most commonly associated with his short tenure as John Coltrane's drummer on Interstellar Space (Impulse!, 1967). His significant participation in the New York loft-jazz movement by opening “Ali's Alley in 1973 is also frequently cited. His most recent collaborations with saxophonist Sonny Fortune continue the conception of Ali as an explosive participant in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mark Murphy at Blues Alley, Washington, DC

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Mark Murphy
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
July 11, 2007

I may not be the most aggressive advocate of Blues Alley, but the intimate eighteenth-century carriage house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC has been host to countless jazz legends for over forty years. The lackluster food, indifferent service and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stephan Micus: On the Wing

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Stephan Micus is a German-born multi-instrumentalist and inveterate ethnic musicologist. He currently resides in Majorca where, aside from the splendid climate, the airport is well-equipped and prepared to take the adventuresome traveler almost anywhere at any time. Micus utilizes the latter frequently in planning his musical landscapes.

Micus has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe and, ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Tim Eyerman: Thanks for the Memories

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There are countless musicians, in any major city, that regularly display an unusual degree of artistry and musicianship. They perform, compose or teach throughout a region and, regardless of their categorized arena, are known to only a few assiduous hobbyists and music fanatics. The musician may, or may not, fantasize about national fame and considerable fortune. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bucky Pizzarelli Performing at the Smithsonian Under a Cloud

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The Statesmen of Jazz with Bucky Pizzarelli
Smithsonian Jazz Café
Washington D.C.
April 6, 2007

Washington, D.C. consistently limps and trips from scandal to outrage. It is never surprising when yet another committee is formed to investigate the depths of the city's shallow political waters. The venerable Smithsonian Institution is ...