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Wilson Huggett Project: Field of Hope

Read "Field of Hope" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Five years after Max Roach Park (Jazz Direct, 2006), UK/South African bassist Dan Wilson and drummer Mark Huggett return with a multinational, multidimensional offering that continues and improves upon the strong suits of their earlier disc.

On the one hand, there is a focus on establishing moods, often undergirded by deep and pleasing grooves; this ...

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James Tartaglia's Free Funk Assembly: Dark Metaphysic

Read "Dark Metaphysic" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Thanks, as ever, to Google, it's possible to say with near certainty that British saxophonist James Tartaglia, leader of this electric funk-jazz ensemble, is the same person as Keele University lecturer in philosophy James Tartaglia, which raises an interesting question: what is the link between philosophy and funk?

This is not the first time the ...

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Dan Wilson / Mark Huggett Project: Max Roach Park

Read "Max Roach Park" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Too few musical groups call themselves “projects"; perhaps they fear unwarranted comparison with the Alan Parsons Project (you know, “I Am The Eye In The Sky"). As indeed they should.

Some groups nevertheless really are projects, which is to say, not necessarily long-term relationships but rather short to medium-term agglomerations of talent, with ...