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Bryn Roberts: Fables

Read "Fables" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Born in Canada, pianist Bryn Roberts has enjoyed a prolific career as a session artist since moving to New York City in 2001. Snuggled within a modern mainstream vibe, his persuasive compositions pay homage to melodic content, often complemented by saxophonist Seamus Blake's burly delivery and fluid lines. Nonetheless, many of these works contain quite a ...


Kermit Driscoll: Reveille

Read "Reveille" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

"Boomstatz" con il suo andamento indolente e groovy, non avrebbe sfigurato, tutt'altro, in “Paris, Texas" di Wim Wenders. "Ire," dall'atmosfera misteriosa e a tratti impenetrabile sarebbe un perfetto commento sonoro agli incubi e alle ossessioni dei film di David Cronenberg. Una grande versione di “Great Expectations" sembra farci rivivere una qualche marachella combinata dai fratelli Jack ed Elwood Blues ...


Kermit Driscoll: Reveille

Read "Reveille" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Reveille marks bassist and educator Kermit Driscoll's freshman solo outing, and features his longtime associate, guitarist Bill Frisell. As a member of Frisell's dynamic trio with drummer Joey Baron, the term cutting-edge took on notorious implications. Similar forward-reaching concepts are explored throughout this multidimensional program. Mildly surprising is the inclusion of Vinnie Colaiuta, though the all-universe ...


Will Vinson: The World (Through My Shoes)

Read "The World (Through My Shoes)" reviewed by David Lighton

Recorded at Freddy's Back Room in Brooklyn, The World (Through My Shoes) marks alto saxophonist Will Vinson's first live release. The music, documented over two nights, offers a genuine portrait of a working band creating distinctive contemporary music.

The core of the program is comprised of Vinson originals. His writing and arranging display ...


Orlando le Fleming: From Brooklyn with Love

Read "From Brooklyn with Love" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

From the very first hearing it becomes clear that From Brooklyn with Love--Orlando Fleming's hard-swinging debut as a leader--is likely to be the start of a long upwardly mobile career for this young, Birmingham, England-born bassist, demonstrating all the makings of a pilot project that heralds the unfolding of a major talent with the keenest of ...


Greg Ward's Fitted Shards: South Side Story

Read "South Side Story" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Like many musicians, Chicago saxophonist/composer Greg Ward (now based in New York) is juggling multiple gigs: working with names from Al Jarreau to Von Freeman; recording diverse projects with Mike Reed's People, Places, and Things or electronica artist Guillermo Scott Herren aka Prefuse 73; and even conducting an orchestra for hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco. In ...


Orlando le Fleming: From Brooklyn With Love

Read "From Brooklyn With Love" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

British-born bassist Orlando le Fleming moved to New York in 2003 and has established himself as a sideman to a host of top-flight musicians including Billy Cobham, Jimmy Cobb and David Sanchez. From Brooklyn With Love is le Fleming's debut as leader--a live album of his original compositions, recorded at Freddy's Backroom in Brooklyn in late-November ...


Will Vinson: Promises

Read "Promises" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been five years since British expat Will Vinson released his debut as a leader, It's For You (Sirocco, 2004), but the alto and soprano saxophonist has been anything but dormant. Working hard in the New York area with everyone from Mike Stern and Chris Potter to Geoffrey Keezer and Seamus Blake, Vinson's follow-up, Promises, may ...