Content by tag "Zawinul"

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call

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Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places

Read "Faces and Places" reviewed by Kris Perdew

It is reassuring and life-affirming to hear in Faces and Places, a return to form for Joe Zawinul at age 70. On this album, the Austrian-born keyboardist revisits many of the themes he originally unveiled with his famous collective Weather Report three decades ago. On this exceptional set, Zawinul is joined by Cameroonian bassist and singer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Human Element: Human Element

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Things may not always work out the way they're planned, but that doesn't mean that can't actually work out better. When keyboardist Scott Kinsey began work on the overdue follow-up to his well-received (and equally overdue) debut as a leader, Kinesthetics (Abstract Logix, 2006), the plan was to focus on a small, consistent line-up, as opposed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gary Husband: Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1

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For some, recruiting an all-star cast means nothing more than a budget to support it, but in the case of Gary Husband's Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1, it reflects the many friendships the keyboardist/drummer has built over the years--all clearly happy to help deliver the album that should, by all rights, put him more squarely on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen: Jungle City

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While some accuse the musical innovations taking place in Scandinavia as diluting “America's art form," there's plenty of evidence to the contrary. Many of the artists regularly stretching jazz's boundaries by introducing outside references can play in the tradition; they just choose not to. With Finding Nymo (ACT, 2009), Norwegian trombonist Helge Sunde and his Ensemble ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ecstasy Project: Reminiscence Europae

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The jacket photography of Reminiscence Europae shows what looks like a bridge by architect Santiago Calatrava, which is appropriate. His global works divide opinion and are impossible to ignore. His architecture is largely devoid of local cultural reference; he is the architect without borders. In a way, these photos are a suitable metaphor for the music ...