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Paul Motian / Chris Potter / Jason Moran: Lost In A Dream

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Flitting like drunken fireflies, luminescent tones flutter out of a saxophone, tracing capricious, spasmodic lines. In the background, washes of cymbals and softly-brushed snare sweeps weave discretely fine-spun rhythms around a shy piano that is busy rocking drowsy chords to sleep. Fragmented, almost to the point of abstraction, the music nevertheless expands, ebb and flowing placidly ...

Ralph Towner / Paolo Fesu: Chiaroscuro

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In a stuffed, empty room, rays of moonlight spill through a cobwebbed window and come licking a tired hardwood floor to the feet of an old, stiff chair. On it, the silhouette of a guitar; its strings, silent. At its side, a second chair with an embossed trumpet planted alongside a lonely music stand completes the ...


Chris Cheek / Victor Prieto: Rollo Coaster

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Chances are you have never heard the accordion played the way Victor Prieto plays it. Indeed, much like Toots Thielemans established the harmonica in the jazz lore huffing and puffing bop lines through his teeth, Prieto breaks the glass ceiling hovering above the crown of Cyrillus Demian's patented invention, squeezing improvised airs with a technical assurance ...


Sam Sadigursky: Words Project III Miniatures

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There is something of genius in Sam Sadigursky's musical poeticizing. Indeed, besides his knack for casting the most uncanny yet perfect voices for his eclectic and at times Kafka-esque sets, the Brooklyn-based reedman/composer is rapidly becoming the beacon of modern jazz-informed musical prosody. In this capacity, he replenishes the dormant format with a daring, integrated approach ...


The Trio: Live @ Charlie O's

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There are a myriad of different opportunities for in-demand drummer Peter Erskine to invest himself in, both as a musician and as an entrepreneur. Why then would he elect to bivouac at a local bar to play standards? Well, it may have something to do with the fact that that's what jazz is; jamming on show ...


Let's Do It!: Recordings by Mark Egan, Carl Fischer and Terje Lie

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The great Miles Davis did it. Chick Corea did it with different groups. Michael Brecker did it with family. Even the educated John Scofield did it. Not to mention Mike Stern. They all did it and we lauded them for it. Most college big bands in America reserve some time in their sets to do it. ...


Emilio Solla & The Tango Jazz Conspiracy: Bien Sur!

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Things are rarely as they initially appear, as if the eye--and by extension, the written word--is but a trickster requiring closer scrutinizing. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux was indeed right when he claimed “If you wish to see, listen; hearing is a step towards vision."Take for example Bien Sur!, by pianist Emilio Solla and his ...


Ike Sturm: JazzMass

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Ike SturmJazzMassSelf Produced2009 Ask any jazz fans if he or she knows “When The Saints Go Marching In" or John Coltrane's anthem “A Love Supreme" and you will most probably get an affirmative nod. Those versed in the music's history might even know Duke Ellington's “Come Sunday" or ...


Taking The Chill Out Of Autumn: Arturo O'Farrill, Mario Adnet and Somi

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Northerners are like squirrels. Come winter, northerners transform into creatures akin to the squirrel. Stocking up on the last ray of sunlight, natural warmth and high-protein goodies while the increasingly cold winds strip the trees of their multicoloured coats. Northerners adopt the fluffy-tailed creature's autumnal regimen in preparation for the harsh months ahead.For those ...


Gary Peacock / Marc Copland: Insight

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Chiefly known as pianist Keith Jarrett's choice bassist, Gary Peacock has nevertheless continually invested himself in a myriad of projects not involving his once marathoning employer. One such endeavor is this duet recording with pianist Marc Copland. Taped during his stint with Copland's New York Trio in May 2005 and October 2007, Insight captures the moodier, ...


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