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Brian Groder Trio: R Train On The D Line

Read "R Train On The D Line" reviewed by Mark Corroto

An album like R Train On The D Line is what separates jazz listeners from non-jazz listeners. The Brian Groder Trio plays the kind of composed yet improvised music that portends to go off the rails at any time, yet never does. And that may be the true definition of jazz.

Consider the audiences' ...

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Brian Groder Trio: R Train On The D Line

Read "R Train On The D Line" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A New York City jazz scene regular, the trumpeter and flugelhorn player Brian Groder returns with the trio that helped make Reflexology (Latham Records, 2014) such a highly satisfying recording. Bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Jay Rosen are well-suited to supporting Groder's flexible, energetic and probing objectives. Following their previous work together, their mutual empathy of ...

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Brian Groder Trio: Reflexology

Read "Reflexology" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

È curioso che fra i tredici nomi che circumnavigano la pianta del piede che campeggia in copertina non compaia quello di Shorty Rogers. Se dovessimo infatti trovare un ipotetico progenitore di questo disco (e questo trio) il primo nome che ci verrebbe in mente sarebbe proprio quello del trombettista californiano (in realtà nativo del Massachusetts), idealmente ...

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Brian Groder Trio: Reflexology

Read "Reflexology" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The cover of trumpeter Brian Groder new trio tells much about his aesthetics. He is well-versed with the compositional ideas of the great American jazz masters and their improvisation strategies--Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, including trumpeters as Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard. But in the same manner that these innovative and creative muscians marked their ...

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Brian Groder: Reflexology

Read "Reflexology" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A long-time fixture in the his native New York City jazz scene, trumpeter and flugelhorn player Brian Groder has devoted a considerable part of his career to the frequent use of free-form approaches. His previous trios have included bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Newman Taylor Baker. Groder has also worked with trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum and ...

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Brian Groder: Reflexology

Read "Reflexology" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trumpeter Brian Groder distinctive style marks his intelligent versatility and superlative musicianship. This is, of course, not news for those familiar with his work. Whether in electronically tinged improvisational ensembles like Confusion Bleue, large orchestras or intimately small groups Groder's unconventional yet always engaging approach morphs to fit the setting while remaining singularly recognizable.

His ...

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Brian Groder: Groder & Greene

Read "Groder & Greene" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Trumpeter Brian Groder has a talent for creating combinations of players to achieve certain musical outcomes. This instinct is especially important when the territory traversed is free jazz , where the mixtures of players are indispensable if the music is to be coherent. On Groder & Greene, the free jazz is indeed cogent and compelling.

This ...

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Brian Groder: Torque

Read "Torque" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il nome del trombettista Brian Groder suonerà piuttosto sconosciuto ai più e il rischio maggiore è che senza il “richiamo" della presenza di Sam Rivers, anche questo disco, pubblicato dalla Latham, sarebbe passato prevalentemente sotto silenzio. Sarebbe stato un vero peccato. Perché la musica di queste quattordici, medio-brevi, composizioni/improvvisazioni è davvero stimolante e per una serie ampia di ...

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Brian Groder: Torque

Read "Torque" reviewed by Elliott Simon

The axis on which this session rotates is the superb rhythm section of bassist Doug Mathews and drummer Anthony Cole. That said, Torque is likewise an intergenerational jazz jaunt that works exceptionally well due to several factors: the extreme level of comfort that flutist/saxophonist Sam Rivers has with this rhythm section; the fact that Rivers, at ...

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Brian Groder: Torque

Read "Torque" reviewed by Ken Kase

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 ...