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Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Pools: Live at Jazzfestival Bern

Read "Pools: Live at Jazzfestival Bern" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As if a new CD by the superlative Swiss Jazz Orchestra weren't enough to start New Year 2016 on a high note, Pools presses home the considerable talents of the orchestra's special guests, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and drummer Peter Erskine, in a dynamic performance taped live at the Hotel Innere Enge on April 10-11, 2015, as ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi: Voices Live

Read "Voices Live" reviewed by Budd Kopman

For what more could one ask? A live gig, excellently recorded; an appreciative audience; a band which is sharp as a tack that comes charging out of the gate smoking, playing music to which one cannot help but move. The previous live album of bassist Daniel Schlaeppi, was Dimensions Live, and he ...

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In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered. A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

Jurg Bucher: The Music of Herbie Nichols

Read "The Music of Herbie Nichols" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist and composer Herbie Nichols (January 3, 1919 - April 12, 1963) is perhaps most famous for being virtually unknown in his lifetime, and remaining so to a great extent even to this day. His music is usually linked stylistically with Thelonious Monk, whom he knew and admired, because of its wry humor, which hides surprising ...


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