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Rob Derke & the NYJAZZ Quartet: Blue Divide

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The name “NYJAZZ Quartet" does beg the question, “What is New York Jazz?" Even narrowing the definition to “home grown" music doesn't help, since that range runs from the mainstream sounds of Birdland and the Blue Note to the next-level avant-garde associated with Smalls and the late lamented Knitting Factory. With Blue Divide, saxman Rob Derke ...

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J Hunter's 2013 Top 10 Countdown

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"Tis the season to do countdowns Fa la la la lahhh, la lahh lahh lahhhhhhh..."

Okay, okay, not one of the most original openings ever written. But don't worry: There's plenty of originality to be had on the ten bundles of fabulousness listed below: 10... Etienne Charles
Creole Soul
(Culture Shock Music) ...

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Dave Holland: Prism

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Although über-bassist Dave Holland made his bones with one of Miles Davis' early electric bands, the lion's share of the British native's own music has come from the acoustic side of the scale. As such, longtime Holland fans will receive a major shock with their first listen to Prism. Those fans will need open ears and ...

Christian McBride & Inside Straight: People Music

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Musicians create bands for many things: To gather like-minded artists together, or to achieve some grand artistic vision; Christian McBride created Inside Straight to get a gig. It seems Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon loved McBride but wouldn't book him with his regular, fusion-heavy outfit--or, as Gordon put it, “that rock 'n' roll band." Necessity is ...

It's an Upstate Thing: John Medeski and Lee Shaw; Joe Barna and Sketches Of Influence

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It's time once again to prove that all the great jazz in New York State isn't all made in New York City. The state capital of Albany has been doing its part for quite some time, and it doesn't stop with its two favorite musical sons: mallets wizard Stefon Harris and baritone saxman Nick Brignola. Here ...

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J Hunter's Best Releases of 2010

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Counting down the best releases of 2010: Allison Miller
Boom Tic Boom Foxhaven
2010

Anyone with job references as diverse as organ icon Dr. Lonnie Smith and indie singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco must have something interesting to say, and drummer Allison Miller proves that out. Boom Tic Boom is ...

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Michael Dease, Mike Fahie: Attack of the Killer Trombones!

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The trombone: long locked into a stereotypical role formed by Dixieland, and only occasionally broken since. Fortunately, the last few years have seen more and more trombonists following J.J. Johnson's lead and bringing the instrument out front. Four discs with trombones at their center have stood out so far in 2010; two are reviewed here, two ...

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New Voices: Sarah Manning, John Escreet, Kneebody

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Jazz is like the human body. It needs fresh air, constant activity and a steady stream of nutrients to stay hale and hearty. Conversely, if all the genre does is sit in a comfy chair and try to live on what came before, it becomes sedentary, incurious and--ultimately--self destructive. Fortunately, the young keep jazz active and ...

Robillard & Crownover / Samuel Torres / Andy Cotton: Let's Party!

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Memorial Day, 2010 has come and gone, which means summer is right on its heels. And with summer comes further--and louder--reasons to fire up the grill, cool down the beer (or whatever), and get friends and/or family together to celebrate...well, whatever occasion is handy, up to and including surviving the work week. A party without music ...

David Binney: Aliso

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For Aliso, reedman David Binney wanted to get back to “doing things that have been part of my life since I was a kid." It's clear that any time is a good time for a happy childhood, because both Binney and his band dive into Aliso like 10 year-olds on vacation at Disney World.

The opening ...