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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work

Read "All Can Work" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A un decennio circa dalle incisioni di A Blessing ed Eternal Interlude, il Large Ensemble di John Hollenbeck torna alla New Amsterdam Records per un album ricco di coinvolgenti percorsi. Nei vari brani il batterista/orchestratore ricorda il trombettista Laurie Frink, rilegge uno dei classici ellingtoniani dalla Far East Suite e un tema dei Kraftwerk, omaggia John ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Henry Threadgill, Ben LaMar Gay and other great new releases

Read "Henry Threadgill, Ben LaMar Gay and other great new releases" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

This week we check out new releases by some of the most exciting and innovative jazz musicians working today, from established names like Henry Threadgill and Nik Bärtsch to exciting up-and-comers like Ben LaMar Gay.

Happy listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Ben ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Erica Seguine / Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra: New York, October 20, 2011

Read "Erica Seguine / Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra: New York, October 20, 2011" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra
Somethin' Jazz Club
New York, NY
October 20, 2011

Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz postulated that the present becomes the past only when a new present emerges. The existence of the contemporary big band--exemplified by restless creativity but a somewhat limited playing capacity--seems to belong to a handful of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Eternal Interlude

Read "John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Eternal Interlude" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
Eternal Interlude
Sunnyside Records
2009



The music on Eternal Interlude by drummer John Hollenbeck cannot be described in one word, but if it could that word would be “poignant." But of course, one word is not enough, so in settling for two, those would ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Eternal Interlude

Read "Eternal Interlude" reviewed by Troy Collins

In addition to leading the unclassifiable Claudia Quintet and performing numerous sideman duties, composer and percussionist John Hollenbeck is renowned for his inimitable multi-layered writing. Hollenbeck studied under composer Bob Brookmeyer before charting a unique path in creative improvised music, incorporating elements of minimalism, post-rock and indigenous folk music into his eclectic compositions. As leader of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Eternal Interlude

Read "Eternal Interlude" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Like fragments of crystal, John Hollenbeck's large ensemble casts angular lines, unusual shapes and refracts music (rather than light) differently than typical jazz big bands. The prolific drummer/composer's progressive slant has been at the core of The Claudia Quintet's For (Cuneiform, 2007) and Semi-Formal (Cuneiform, 2006); music marked by enigmatic ideas of swing, modern chamber music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I heard the news today oh boy, four thousand holes in the jazz canon. And though the holes were rather small, they had to count them all. Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Carnegie Hall.

With apologies to Lennon/McCartney (and the Michael Jackson corporation that owns the music), John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by John Kelman

One clear benefit of the global community we live in, with its inherently broad reach, is that many artists have developed into stylistic integrators. On a smaller scale, even people who live within the boundaries of the United States can experience greater artistic diversity than ever before. Only a century ago, people living in small rural ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The opening title tune on the John Hollenbeck Larger Ensemble's A Blessing brings Maria Schneider's masterpiece Concert in the Garden to mind, with its fluid momentum and swirling harmonies. The sixteen-minute song, as well as the rest of the tunes on the disc, are Hollenbeck originals; and while the Schneider influence is apparent--both Schneider and Hollenbeck ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by Paul Olson

Jazz and contemporary composition, playfulness and prayer, intensity and sweetness: in the musical world of composer/percussionist John Hollenbeck and on the brand new CD by his Large Ensemble, A Blessing, all these elements mingle. Fans of Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet or any of his other groups (Quartet Lucy, Bleckmann/Hollenbeck Duo) will be prepared for just how well ...