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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Pat Martino Quintet
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
November 24, 2017

This first set of legendary Pat Martino's yearly two night Thanksgiving engagement at Chris' Jazz Café celebrated the release of his Quintet's CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017). The guys were really prepared for some hefty music-making, deserving the word “formidable," ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pat Martino: Formidable

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The title “Formidable" and the striking cover photo of Pat Martino in profile in front of a statue of a lion suggests that the great guitarist is going to unleash awesome powers. However, the proper meaning of formidable in this context is more to be taken as the presence of the master. Here and now, in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Triocity: I Believe In You

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Here's a formula we've all seen before: take three musicians and let them loose on a program of standards and Great American Songbook chestnuts. It sounds all too simple and pedestrian, right? Guess again. When you're talking about the combined creative forces of multi-reedist Charles Pillow, bassist Jeff Campbell, and drummer Rich Thompson, the potential of ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

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Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steve Gadd: Consummate Drummer

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It might be easier to list who drummer Steve Gadd hasn't played with since he got a pair of drum sticks at the age of three at his home near jny: Rochester, NY, right up to the age of 70, where this year his tour of duty includes Eric Clapton, James Taylor and his own band. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rick Lawn's Power of Ten at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Power of Ten
Rick Lawn, Musical Director
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
February 4, 2014

The Power of Ten is a cracker-jack ensemble of some of the best Philadelphia-based musicians. Powered by its founder and leader, Rick Lawn, their first and only CD, Earth Tones (Self-produced, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ted Nash: The Goal Is Creativity

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A New York City morning often starts early, sometimes 6 a.m., for this musician who is trying to elongate the hours available in a day. There's a lot to get to. Practicing the saxophone or flute. Sitting down to go through the elusive and demanding task of writing music worthy of the plateau, which these days ...

H2 Big Band / Tempest Little Big Band / Deutsch Oper Berlin Big Band

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The H2 Big Band

You're It!

Jazzed Media

2010

Big-band album of the year? There have been a number of worthy aspirants in the first half of 2011, and now comes another strong contender: the Denver-based H2 Big Band, whose debut recording, You're It!, is a paragon of straight-ahead blowing pleasure ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Dani Felber Big Band / Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra / Jazz Composer's Workshop Orchestra

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Dani Felber Big Band

More Than Just Friends

Self Published

2010

Before hazarding any premature comment about the merits of this new album by Swiss bandleader Dani Felber, it must be noted at the outset that one of Felber's good friends is former Count Basie stalwart Frank Foster whose even-handed ...

Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni

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Fred Hess Big Band
Hold On
Dazzle Records
2010

When listening to Hold On, composer / arranger / saxophonist Fred Hess' fourteenth album as leader but first in front of a big band, one question immediately arises: What took him so long? As it turns out, recording his ...