Content by tag "Ken Kase"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Harrell: Light On

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As the business of music makes the wobbly transition from unified collections of songs to individual tracks as the primary currency of recorded music, jazz continues to embrace the increasingly antiquated format of the album to great effect. Such is the case with trumpeter Tom Harrell's Light On, a bonafide collection of compositions and performances that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Suzanne Vega: Beauty & Crime

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Once the public face of a largely over-hyped folk music resurgence in the mid-eighties, Suzanne Vega has remained remarkably consistent. Early in her career, popular successes such as the hits “Luca" and “Tom's Diner, while padding the artist's purse, have unfortunately overshadowed her accomplishments as a songwriter. Over the years, she would embrace and discard a ...

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Lisa Hilton: The New York Sessions

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The New York Sessions is the ninth release by pianist Lisa Hilton, whose last name lovingly adorns the bath towels in the suitcases of itinerant musicians around the world. A self-produced and largely self-motivated musician from the rougher section of Malibu, Hilton's avowed influences and illustrious associations promise great things--but the world is a harsh place, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ryan Keberle: Something Speaking

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Trombonist Ryan Keberle's debut CD, Double Quartet (Alternative Side, 2007), displays a facile and expressive instrumentalist with a sound and technique that is smoothly intoned and gregarious with an emphasis on creating strong melodic lines. He is also a musical thinker with a rapidly maturing compositional and arranging style.

He currently performs with his own ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Keberle: Double Quartet

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Whether one considers trombonist Ryan Keberle's group as either two quartets or simply a fully-functional octet, the gifts of this young improvisor are well evident on his debut CD, Double Quartet. The combination of a small but rich horn ensemble mixes well with a skilled and subtle rhythm section to produce thoughtful and expressive music.

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Brian Groder: Torque

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Once in a great while, a new release comes along in which all the elements of musical magic come together: great ensemble playing, impeccable and sensitive improvisation, and great compositional structures that make it all work. Trumpeter Brian Groder's Torque is one of those rare releases in which everything clicks.

Groder's cohorts on this release ...

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One for All: The Lineup

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Time was when jazz history was measured in terms of linear progress as artists influenced each other to create new sounds. Jazz, it has been said, fed off of itself in a constant state of progression, pushing the music to its limits. But times have changed, and this construct has been revised several times over as ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Paco Charlin: Bass Frequency

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There was a time when the structure and economics of the record business enabled jazz musicians to record a lot more frequently than they do today, allowing listeners to chart their artistic development (or lack of it) over relatively short passages of time. By contrast, the globalised imperatives of today's music industry typically force musicians into ...

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Roberto Magris Europlane: Il Bello Del Jazz

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Italian pianist Roberto Magris has been engaging in projects that cover a wide variety of styles for over twenty years. But his best qualities as a pianist and composer have always been in the straight-ahead jazz idiom. Magris clearly has a strong command of his instrument, displaying an innate romanticism that recalls pianists of a bygone ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Martirio & Chano Dominguez: Acoplados

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Martirio & Chano Dominguez
Acoplados
Sunnyside Records
2006

Self-professed “fusions" of various musical forms in jazz are routinely and often justifiably treated with suspicion by critics and fans. The formulas employed for these events can be either fruitful and satisfying, or a recipe for utter pretentious disaster. Fortunately, Acoplados falls ...