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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Planet Jazz: In Orbit

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Heavenly--if not very far out--sextet sides are Planet Jazz's saucer of well-steeped black tea. Just the bracing tonic one might expect from Sharp Nine, purveyor of intelligence and taste in small-band jazz for a decade.

From the first tightly scored, three-voiced chorus, which swings smoothly through drum breaks on a tune waggishly entitled “Mommy, Mommy No!, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Planet Jazz at Smalls

Read "Planet Jazz at Smalls" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Planet Jazz
Smalls
New York, NY
May 28, 2006

In March of 2005, I caught Planet Jazz at Smalls, just a couple of weeks after the reopening of Mitch Borden's legendary bastion of straight-ahead sounds. It was a decidedly casual performance before a sparse audience. The sextet's regular tenor saxophonist ...

Planet Jazz: In Orbit

Read "Planet Jazz: In Orbit" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Planet Jazz
In Orbit
Sharp Nine Records
2006

Planet Jazz is a longstanding, unrecognized sextet that boasts several exceptional soloists and an unusually cogent rhythm section. Two factors distinguish the band from the wealth of talented groups on the New York City straight-ahead jazz scene: A precise ensemble sound honed ...