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Graham Parker and the Rumour: Live at Rockpalast 1978 + 1980 (2CD / 2 DVD)

Read "Live at Rockpalast 1978 + 1980 (2CD / 2 DVD)" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Graham Parker è stato uno dei rocker inglesi che meglio ha saputo fondere l'energia del rock con la carica virulenta del punk. I suoi concerti dal vivo, della seconda metà degli anni settanta, erano pieni di musica tosta che ricordava in qualche modo l'approccio di band storiche come i Rolling Stones e i Them di Van Morrison. A questo ...

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Adam Berenson and Bill Marconi: A Codex of Silent Voices

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Pianist/composer Adam Berenson is a mystery; his Facebook page features nothing about his music-making and, in its photo section, a couple of Jackson Pollock-like abstract paintings along with a Van Gogh-inspired seascape. The song titles on his numerous releases perpetuate the mystery--"Sepulchral Vicissitudes" and “Emotional Idiot," from Contextual (1999),and the title track to The Mystery of ...

Ralph Lalama Quartet: The Audience

Read "The Audience" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Covers can become trite very quickly, but when arrangements are fresh and performance is equal to the task, they can become as endearing as new masterpieces. The Audience, by Ralpha Lalama Quartet, has that quality with its mix of lesser-known jazz songs, a little pop and some original interludes.

Lalama, a tenor saxophonist, has ...

Ralph Lalama Quartet: The Audience

Read "The Audience" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dexter Gordon achieved a post-bebop tenor saxophone sound that was Somewhere between the sleepy, vibrato-less tone of Lester Young and the falling-off- the-edge wail of John Coltrane. Yonkers native Ralph Lalama comes It is out of this tradition. On his fifth recording as a leader and his first release since 2008's successful Energy Fields (Mighty Quinn), ...

Ralph Lalama: The Audience

Read "The Audience" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

A few choice items from the American Popular Songbook, tunes by Wayne Shorter, Duke Pearson, and Stevie Wonder, plus three brief duo improvisations, all rendered in a recognizable mainstream style by a band that includes two primary soloists and a bass and drums team. On the face of it, Ralph Lalama's second Mighty Quinn release appears ...

Ralph Lalama: The Audience

Read "The Audience" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama is a respected jazz journeyman probably best known for his more than 25-year tenure with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He's also played and recorded with the Joe Lovano Nonet, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and drummer Joe Morello's group, among others. But he's had relatively few opportunities to record as a leader. ...

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Duck Baker: Everything That Rises Must Converge

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Richard “Duck" Baker's four decade career as a guitarist has encompassed folk, ragtime, blues, jazz, and avant-garde improvisation. Everything That Rises Must Converge is firmly located within the latter genre--indeed, it's sub-titled “Free Jazz Guitar Solos"--but much of the music on this enjoyable record could only have been made by an artist with a firm grasp ...

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Ralph Lalama Quartet: Energy Fields

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Sometimes, small works better. That's evidenced by the plethora of jazz trio recordings released in 2008. One instrument can make a dramatic difference. That's where the Ralph Lalama Quartet comes in. Energy Fields is like a trio with additional versatility.

Tenor saxophonist Lalama is joined on this effort by guitarist John Hart, bassist Rick ...

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Ralph Lalama Quartet: Energy Fields

Read "Energy Fields" reviewed by Jim Santella

An exciting band with a firm melodic grasp, Ralph Lalama's quartet pours over musical themes with emphasis, as accents fall into place with angular motion and improvised forays push forcefully. The leader's suave tenor, John Hart's sultry guitar, Rick Petrone's driving acoustic bass and drummer Joe Corsello's rhythmic thunder combine gracefully to shape each tone poem ...

Carmen Leggio Quartet: Carmen Leggio Quartet

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New York tenor saxophonist Carmen Leggio has performed with the likes of Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman and Maynard Ferguson. This self-titled quartet recording finds the veteran reedman swinging hard on eleven standards done in a no-nonsense, straight-ahead manner. Leggio is joined by guitar great Joe Cohn, bassist Rick Petrone and drummer Joe Corsello.

Leggio ...