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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Empire Jazz Orchestra: Out of the Mist

Read "Out of the Mist" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Out of the Mist is the sixth album (and first in a studio) recorded by the Empire Jazz Orchestra, a professional repertory ensemble founded in 1992 and in residence since then at Schenectady County (NY) Community College. While there is no comprehensive theme underlining its latest enterprise, the EJO's stated purpose is to perform music from ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2012

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A ton of fine music came out in 2012, like most years, making these year-end lists very difficult. A lot we don't get to hear, so that limits some. For example, I've not yet heard the 2012 disks of drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Christian Scott or guitarist John McLaughlin and the Fourth Dimension. Having seen each ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra

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R3: Special Big Band

R3

Summit Records

2012

The “R3" in this Brazilian-based band's name refers to brothers Rafael, Renato and Roger Rocha who together comprise its heart and soul. The “Special" pertains to just about everything else on this impressive debut album. Indeed, there could be even more “R's" in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

Read "All Around Us" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

A lot of the good things about All Around Us start from the bottom and work their way up. Saxophonist Brian Patneaude's compositions are a sturdy, coherent lot; they're also rife with odd time signatures, changing tempos, and an amalgam of Latin, funk, and jazz elements. The tunes are a virtual playground for bassist Mike Delprete ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Benedict & Bopitude featuring Gary Smulyan: Five and One

Read "Five and One" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Diamond hard bop is alive and well and living in Michael Benedict & Bopitude's studio. The quintet's debut, Michael Benedict & Bopitude (Planet Arts, 2011), established the group as a premiere hard bop unit employing the classic trumpet-tenor quintet format used by Miles Davis, Art Blakey and various others. For this edition of Bopitude, drummer Benedict ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

Read "All Around Us" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

On All Around Us, Albany, New York saxophonist Brian Patneaude's solid quartet delivers a high energy, straight-ahead jazz date.

As a saxophonist, Patneaude solos transparently and has a bright sound, set off by a hard-edged technical competence that will remind some of Michael Brecker, as on the complicated line of “Blucocele." On Bronisław Kaper's “Invitation," ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

Read "All Around Us" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

An active part of the jazz scene in New York's Capital District, Brian Patneaude's fifth album shows off his originality and depth as a tenor saxophonist and composer. The six original compositions and two covers on All Around Us were “inspired by people, places and events" in Patneaude's life, adding a personal gravity to the assured ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Brian Patneaude Adds to Quality Discog with "All Around Us"

Brian Patneaude Adds to Quality Discog with "All Around Us"

Compositions, as well as the performance, shine again for saxophonist The Capital District region of New York state is pretty rich in musical talent and has a strong jazz scene, even if it's one that suffers the same trials and tribulations as the national scene. One of it's attributes is saxophonist/composer Brian Patneaude, a fine player and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

Read "All Around Us" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With All Around Us saxophonist Brian Patneaude delivers a bravura performance as both artist and composer. This superior effort shouts breakthrough for this talented, but not widely known, New York Capital District saxophonist and his crew.

The session offers eight brilliantly performed straight-ahead jazz compositions, of which six emanate from Patneaude's pen. Patneaude ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Benedict & Bopitude: Michael Benedict & Bopitude

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Drummer Michael Benedict's Bopitude is of a very special variety...Hard Bopitude. Michael Benedict & Bopitude is chockfull of hard bop from the likes of Clifford Brown ("Joy Spring"), Grachan Moncur III ("Frankenstein") and Bobby Timmons ("Moanin'"). Pianist Bruce Barth brings his bop togs to the festivities and the classic Jazz Messenger lineup (trumpet and tenor saxophone ...