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Warren Wolf: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The paucity of jazz vibraphonists may be due in part to the complexity of mastering an instrument that's like a hybrid of drums, percussion and piano. Notwithstanding, one of the instrument's brightest stars is 36 year old jny: Baltimore native Warren Wolf, a rising virtuoso whose form and technical abilities continue the lineage of great vibe ...

Allan Harris & Takana Miyamoto: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The eternal bond between piano and voice in jazz was cemented long before pianist Bill Evans and vocalist Tony Bennett ever took to the studio together, but they elevated this union of sounds to artistic heights ne'er before attained. Bennett and Evans erased the notions of vocals on top and pianist-as-mere-accompanist with The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans ...


Lynne Arriale: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

È la grande varietà stilistica l'elemento di Convergence che salta subito all'orecchio dell'ascoltatore di turno, perché il quartetto capitanato dalla pianista Lynne Arriale ha nelle proprie corde una nutrita scorta di frecce che, di traccia in traccia, vengono scoccate con precisione ed equilibrio. Sei originali e cinque rivisitazioni di brani dell'area pop-rock compongono una scaletta di ...


Jerry Bergonzi: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi has become one of the most reliable recording artists in jazz. In between his day job as a Berklee College of Music professor, and performing, he turns out a great album or two every year. Featuring mostly tenor horn, Convergence follows dutifully in that pattern. The album splits between a classic piano-based quartet ...


Convergence Performs at Dazzle in Denver

Read "Convergence Performs at Dazzle in Denver" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Convergence Dazzle Jazz Club Denver, Colorado November 9, 2007 I enjoy living in Denver so much that having yet another reason to be here is almost an embarrassment of riches. Convergence playing here on a regular basis is a bonus comparable to icing on the cake, heated car seats, ...


Modern Man: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Modern Man, not to be confused with the folk/comedy group of the same name, is a mainstream bop sextet. The only player I'm familiar with is trumpeter Greg Gisbert. According to Bobby Shew's liner notes, the group has recently added trombonist Mark Patterson to the front line of trumpet and sax. The eight tracks consist of ...

Dave Douglas: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The title is most appropriate. Here is all manner of music--jazz, classical (both old and modern), folk music, show tunes, and quite a bit that's indescribable. You get Douglas, drummer Michael Sarin, and three strings--but you don't get a “string" album. Sounds drift in and out, and the focus can change in a heartbeat. It's edgy, ...


Dave Douglas: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Trumpeter Dave Douglas' growing list of credits includes a star turn in the ever-increasing oeuvre of John Zorn's Masada, the celebrated quartet that turns Hebrew folk melodies into tremendous occasions of Ornette-flavored up-tempo jazz improvisation. Douglas himself has demonstrated, independently of Zorn, a flair for jazzing folk melodies that is at the forefront again on the ...


Dave Douglas: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

On “Convergence” the brilliant trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas pursues new territory following up on “Parallel Worlds” and the more recent “Five”. Douglas once again utilizes the sparkling talents of violinist Mark Feldman and cellist Erik Friedlander as the combination of strings, trumpet, and rhythm section consisting of Drew Gress (bass) and Michael Sarin (drums) create music that ...


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