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Mauricio de Souza: Trajetórias

Read "Trajetórias" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The quiet masterpiece Trajetórias captures drummer, composer, arranger and bandleader Maurício de Souza leading his jazz ensemble Bossa Brazil in a beautiful live performance through Brazilian pop and jazz classics from the pens of such legends as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento and Pat Metheny.

Producer de Souza envelops each live performance ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

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Bruce Harris: Beginnings

Read "Beginnings" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Beginnings sounds as if it's guided by an old hand instead of someone relatively new to the demanding art of leading a band. The debut recording of trumpeter Bruce Harris captures a coherent, homogeneous group sound, while utilizing several different combinations of instruments. Harris ties together material ranging from Harold Arlen, to Bud Powell, to Prince, ...

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Bruce Harris: Beginnings

Read "Beginnings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Many a debut album receives a largely positive critique before being cut down to size with a qualifier. It's simply a jazz journalist's nature to paint newcomers as nascent talent in need of seasoning, players showing signs of potential, or artists taking a good first step with a first record. But sometimes a debut album is ...

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Dmitry Baevsky: The Day After

Read "The Day After" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Imagine a group that, in large measure, references the bebop revolution of nearly seventy-five years ago, yet steers clear of the pitfalls of nostalgia, hero worship, and blatant imitation, and ultimately wins the day with an adroit blend of teamwork and compelling individual voices. For those who believe that nothing good can come from contemporary players ...

Dmitry Baevsky: Over and Out

Read "Over and Out" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

New York based saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky's fourth release as a leaderOver and Out finds the St Petersburg native in a spare setting backed only by bass and drums. With his alto's warm, organic tone in the spotlight, Baevsky interprets a mixture of his originals and standards with intense lyricism and confident and mature bravado.

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Gilad Edelman: My Groove, Your Move

Read "My Groove, Your Move" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Gilad Edelman is the son of Marc Edelman, the brains and will behind Sharp Nine Records, a fiercely independent label which has produced some of the finest straight-ahead jazz records of the past fifteen years. Despite limited resources and operating in the midst of the industry's severe downturn, Sharp Nine has released impressive recordings by significant, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dmitry Baevsky Quartet: New York, NY April 22, 2012

Read "Dmitry Baevsky Quartet:  New York, NY  April 22, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
Smalls Jazz Club
New York, NY
April 22, 2012

Going out to hear live jazz is seldom as easy as finding a suitable place, plunking down some hard-earned cash, and then simply taking in the sounds. Befitting a music that once thrived in dance halls, sporting houses and other places where art ...

Dmitry Baevsky: The Composers

Read "The Composers" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

In some respects, The Composers is cut from the same cloth as Down With It, Dmitry Baevsky's 2010 release on Sharp Nine. The alto saxophonist selects seldom-played compositions from the jazz canon and executes thoughtful interpretations, so that the heads of tunes like Cedar Walton's “Ojos de Rojo," Wayne Shorter's “Mister Chairman," and Duke Ellington's “Self ...

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Dmitry Baevsky: Down With It

Read "Down With It" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

As jazz moves in many different directions and breaks free from the all too familiar and readily categorized sounds of its first century, how does an artist make bebop sound like something other than an exercise in nostalgia or an academic pursuit? In the hands of the thirty-four year-old alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky, bop is still ...