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Pascal's Triangle: Pascal's Triangle

Read "Pascal's Triangle" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Bringing together three of contemporary jazz's young power players, Pascal's Triangle is an energized, adeptly executed endeavor.

All three performers have already proven themselves innovative and exciting musicians in many venues. Here the three meld their individual voices well and take advantage of Le Boeuf's astute compositional talents to deliver eight tunes firmly grounded in ...

Le Boeuf Deux Fois: Pascal's Triangle and Le Boeuf Brothers Remixed

Read "Le Boeuf Deux Fois: Pascal's Triangle and Le Boeuf Brothers Remixed" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Le Boeuf Brothers--saxophonist Remy and pianist Pascal--don't box themselves into a jazz corner; or, perhaps it should be said that they don't box jazz into a corner, preferring instead to let it marinate in the juices of the present, where it can absorb new flavors and move in different directions.

Both men ...


Tim Collins: Castles and Hilltops

Read "Castles and Hilltops" reviewed by William Grim

This is an excellent album by one of the finest vibraphonists on the scene today. Tim Collins combines the harmonic adventurousness of Gary Burton with a swinging style reminiscent of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson.

Castles and Hilltops consists largely of original compositions that run a wide gamut of styles and expressive content. ...


Le Boeuf Brothers: In Praise of Shadows

Read "In Praise of Shadows" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Projects such as the Le Boeuf Brothers' In Praise of Shadows should help quiet the debate on whether or not jazz is stagnating. The twins--keyboardist Pascal and saxophonist/clarinetist Remy--are talented musicians and award-winning composers who are a part of the new breed of young artists, like trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist John Escreet and bassist Esperanza Spalding, ...


Ben Kono: Crossing

Read "Crossing" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il multi-strumentista Ben Kono ha militato, tra le altre, in formazioni come la Darcy James Argue's Secret Society e il John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. Ascoltando questo suo album di debutto verrebbe da dire: “...e si sente!". Non tanto perché in questo gruppo proprio John Hollenbeck siede dietro a pelli e tamburi ma perché la musica contenuta in Crossing ...


Orlando le Fleming: From Brooklyn With Love: Live At Freddy's

Read "From Brooklyn With Love: Live At Freddy's" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Orlando le Fleming, a British-born bassist residing in New York since 2003, has become a fully integrated part of the jazz scene in the Big Apple. While he has spent much of his time in a supportive role, working with the likes of vocalist Jane Monheit, fusion drumming legend Billy Cobham, saxophonist Seamus Blake and a ...


Pete McCann: Extra Mile

Read "Extra Mile" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un incisione come Extra Mile si avvicina molto all'estetica di label indipendenti come la Fresh Sound New Talent (non a caso John O'Gallagher e Mark Ferber sono abituali frequentatori di quegli studi di registrazione). Un estetica che da spazio a musicisti giovani, emergenti, o sottovalutati, gli permette di esprimersi in assoluta libertà in contesti congeniali, anche molto diversi tra ...


Pete McCann: Extra Mile

Read "Extra Mile" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pete McCann may be a kind of a guitar superman, considering his work with bands led by Patti Austin, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Kenny Garrett, Peter Erskine, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Brian Blade and Maria Schneider.

Since moving to New York in 1989, McCann has lent his skills to these diverse leaders, ...


The Chris Tarry Group: Almost Certainly Dreaming

Read "Almost Certainly Dreaming" reviewed by John Kelman

With few bassists in jazz making electric their primary axe--and a recent AAJ interview with Canada-born, New York-based Chris Tarry finding him playing more acoustic bass than ever before--on the follow-up to The Chris Tarry Group's debut, Sorry to Be Strange (Cellar Live, 2006), the bassist's focus remains on the electric variety. He claims, “I never ...