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Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

Read "Before You Know It [Live In Portland]" reviewed by Dave Wayne

On Before You Know It, pianist / composer Ezra Weiss provides convincing evidence for the continued health and well-being of good old, straight ahead, gimmick-free modern acoustic jazz. The archetype for Weiss' beefy band and punchy charts would include Art Blakey's expanded Jazz Messenger lineups, some of McCoy Tyner's larger groups from the early-to-late 1970s, or ...

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Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

Read "Before You Know It [Live In Portland]" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Portland State University professor Ezra Weiss is a prominent pianist and composer in his own right who has several recordings to his credit and is a three-time winner of the prestigious ASCAP Young Composer Award. A traditionalist who prefers the straight ahead and modern jazz styles, Weiss delivers another gem on Before You Know It [Live ...

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Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

Read "Before You Know It [Live In Portland]" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Recorded over two nights in Portland's Ivories Jazz Lounge during late-2013, Before You Know It [Live In Portland] is pianist and composer Ezra Weiss' seventh album and his first live recording.

Weiss' previous releases have featured big bands (Our Path To This Moment [Roark Records, 2012]) and trios (The Shirley Horn Suite [Roark Records, ...

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Ezra Weiss and The Rob Scheps Big Band: Our Path To This Moment

Read "Our Path To This Moment" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A veteran jazz artist and educator, Oregon-based Ezra Weiss is much more than a fine pianist; he is a talented composer and arranger nominated for Best Arranger under the Rising Star category of Downbeat Magazine's 60th Annual Critics Poll of 2012. Since graduating from the country's oldest music school (Ohio's Oberlin Conservatory of Music), Weiss has ...

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Ezra Weiss: The Shirley Horn Suite

Read "The Shirley Horn Suite" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Per questo omaggio alla cantante Shiley Horn, il pianista Ezra Weiss, dopo alcuni dischi alla guida di organici di medie dimensioni, sceglie la formula del piano trio ed una scaletta che alterna cavalli di battaglia della Horn con composizioni originali. Raffinata pianista oltre che cantante, la Horn raggiunse un pubblico più, dopo decenni sulla scena jazzistica, grazie alle ...

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Ezra Weiss: The Shirley Horn Suite

Read "The Shirley Horn Suite" reviewed by Wilbert Sostre

Portland based pianist/composer Ezra Weiss' fifth release is a tribute to Shirley Horn, who died in 2005 at age 71. Horn was an excellent pianist and sensitive vocalist, and a Grammy Award-winner in 1991, for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.

Weiss is certainly an extraordinaire composer, the winner of three ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards. ...

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Ezra Weiss: The Shirley Horn Suite

Read "The Shirley Horn Suite" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Ezra Weiss' love of Shirley Horn's music began in his youth, coming to fruition on lovingly crafted The Shirley Horn Suite, his tribute to the singer and pianist who died in 2005. A mix of originals and standards, his fifth album as leader is a sophisticated work, with some fresh compositions and terrific performances.

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Ezra Weiss: Get Happy

Read "Get Happy" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Non ancora ventottenne, Ezra Weiss rivela nel suo esordio discografico buona personalità sul piano dell’arrangiamento. Una qualità che farà di lui una bella realtà del jazz contemporaneo, se sarà adeguatamente sostenuta da una più spiccata identità al pianoforte. Nelle dieci tracce del suo Get Happy, il trio con pianoforte basso e batteria non graffia, senza lasciare un segno ...

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Ezra Weiss: Get Happy

Read "Get Happy" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Pianist Ezra Weiss' third CD as a leader takes a bit of different path than his earlier outings. On hand once more are alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, tenorist Kelly Roberge and either Billy Hart or Jason Brown on drums, while new faces include bassist Corcoran Holt, trumpeter Kevin Louis and trombonists Andy Hunter or Andrae Murchison, ...

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Ezra Weiss: Get Happy

Read "Get Happy" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The third release by New York-based pianist/composer Ezra Weiss is a sophisticated and optimistic conceptual statement about the search for happiness through original composition, clever references, intimate and nuanced playing, and updating the Great American Songbook with fresh arrangements. Weiss is joined by fellow alumni from the Oberlin Conservatory and Queens College--bassist Corcoran Holt and drummer ...