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Cuong Vu 4Tet: Change In The Air

Read "Change In The Air" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Seattle-based trumpeter Cuong Vu continues his collaboration with guitarist Bill Frisell that began with It's Mostly Residual (AUAND, 2006). His previous 4Tet release, Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs (RareNoise Records, 2017), was also made by the same personnel. But this time, instead of interpretations of an outside composer, every group member contributes compositionally, including Vu, ...

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Cuong Vu 4Tet: Change In The Air

Read "Change In The Air" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Cuong Vu introduced this particular 4tet in 2017, with Ballet: The Music of Michael Gibbs (RareNoiseRecords). An all star affair that included guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor, it seemed to signal something of a gentler Cuong Vu, with a music that had a spaciousness, patience and ruminative quality that didn't ...

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Sidney Hauser: Justice and Jubilation

Read "Sidney Hauser:  Justice and Jubilation" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The hiring of young saxophonist Sidney Hauser, to fill the second alto saxophone chair with the prestigious Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra may seem like a musical sidenote to the history of this 17 piece ensemble that was formed in 1995. But considering the marginalization of women instrumentalists in jazz over the course of the genre's history, ...

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Carmen Rothwell: The Art of Intuition

Read "Carmen Rothwell: The Art of Intuition" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Seattle, a city synonymous with alternative rock, has long sustained a provincial jazz culture, without a signature sound, but with an openness to innovative, progressive invention. To outside jazz partisans, the city is known for phenomenal high school talent that usually flies the coop, heading east for conservatory training and to pursue professional ambitions.

Cuong Vu: Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs

Read "Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Cuong Vu si muove da sempre in una dimensione stilistica misteriosa, che trae ispirazione tanto dalla tradizione del jazz--non è raro ascoltarlo in concerto rivisitare a suo modo gli standard più classici--quanto dalle correnti più avventurose della downtown scene newyorchese, in cui ha mosso i primi passi a metà anni novanta. Questa capacità di confrontarsi con ...

Cuong Vu: Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs

Read "Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Having recently immersed myself in Miles Davis' In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969), the journey to the music on trumpeter Cuong Vu's Ballet (The Music of Michael Gibbs) is a necessarily short one. Davis had been working up to his “Freedom Principle" throughout his recordings with is second great quintet, featuring ...

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Jerome Sabbagh, Simon Jermyn, Allison Miller: Lean

Read "Lean" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Jerome Sabbagh fa parte di quella folta schiera di musicisti non usi alle luci dei riflettori mediatici o alle prime pagine, ma particolarmente stimati dai colleghi (non a caso Paul Motian lo volle fortemente nel nuovo trio messo in piedi poco prima della sua scomparsa). Se il suo biglietto da visita come leader è il quartetto ...

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Tyrant Lizard: Tyrant Lizard

Read "Tyrant Lizard" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Tyrant Lizard is a trio that evolved from the Improvised Music Project at the University of Washington in Seattle, a program that exists as both an artistic movement and registered student organization led by eclectic modernist trumpeter and composer, Cuong Vu. Each of the three musicians are truly original voices of their respective craft, featuring trumpeter ...

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Tom Collier: Impulsive Illuminations

Read "Impulsive Illuminations" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Vibraphonist Tom Collier offers up something quite different from his previous Origin Records CDs, where he covered the jazz standards like John Coltrane's “Giant Steps; Miles Davis' “So What," and some seemingly unlikely pop hits: The Rolling Stones “What a Shame" and Brian Wilson's “God Only Knows," alongside his own always engaging compositions. With Impulsive Illuminations, ...

Cuong Vu Trio: Meets Pat Metheny

Read "Meets Pat Metheny" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Vien quasi da sorridere. Il nuovo album sulla cui copertina spicca il nome di Pat Metheny è intitolato semplicemente Cuong Vu Trio meets Pat Metheny. E il motivo del mezzo sorriso che si stampa sul volto è duplice: non solo i cultori del chitarrista del Missouri sapranno bene che Cuong Vu è il trombettista che da ...