Content by tag "Ellington"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Instant Composers Pool al Teatro Garibaldi di Palermo. Organizzazione Curva Minore Contemporary Sounds 2019.

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Instant Composers Pool
Teatro Garibaldi
Palermo
1/11/2019

Il tempo della memoria costituisce la chiave interpretativa di volta per valutare questo magnifico concerto dedicato a Misha Mengelberg, leader carismatico dell'Instant Composers Pool. Il commosso ricordo del geniale pianista, scomparso nel 2017, ha trasfigurato le consuete trame iconoclaste dell'ensemble olandese in pannelli swinganti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Lotz and Alan Purves: Food Foragers

Read "Food Foragers" reviewed by Don Phipps

Somewhere there is a dense green forest. One can barely see through the foliage. Inside this forest is a meadow. There stands Mark Alban Lotz, surrounded by flutes of various sizes and shapes. Next to him is Alan Purves, encircled by an array of bizarre and ancient percussion instruments. Together, these two artists are creating odes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anat Cohen: Claroscuro

Read "Claroscuro" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Art begets art on Anat Cohen's Claroscuro. The Israeli-born, New York-based multi-reedist leaves the confines of Benny Goodman's world behind, following her clarinet-only sojourn into king of swing territory, Clarinetwork: Live At The Village Vanguard (Anzic, 2010), with a wide-ranging musical treatise on the balance between light and dark. Cohen addresses each end of the color ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Christian McBride: Knocking on the Door

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Christian McBride was talking about the Grammy he received in October, 2011 for his big band album, The Good Feeling (Mack Avenue, 2011)--his first Grammy as a leader and third overall. While the bassist certainly appreciated getting the nod from his peers and from the Recording Academy, he said he gets just as much of a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan Batiste: New York, May 11, 2012

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Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan Batiste
New Orleans Piano Kings
Jazz at Lincoln Center: Allen Room
New York, NY

May 11, 2012

“A young lion, a seasoned veteran, and an elder statesman"--that's how drummer Herlin Riley introduced the three stellar pianists featured in Jazz at Lincoln Center's “New Orleans Piano Kings": Jonathan Batiste, Henry ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Appleyard And The Jazz Giants: The Lost 1974 Sessions

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While the aggregation of all-star jazz men featured on this previously unreleased, decades-old session may seem random at first glance, the great Benny Goodman is actually the musical tie that binds them all. In September of 1974, vibraphonist Peter Appleyard was part of a particularly strong Goodman sextet that appeared at Carnegie Hall. Appleyard had his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Warren Chiasson: New York, January 31, 2012

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Warren Chiasson: A Tribute to George Shearing
New York Bahá'í Center, John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
New York, NY
January 31, 2012

“Joy"--now, there's a word people don't always toss around loosely when talking about music. But it's the perfect word to describe how Warren Chiasson approaches the vibraphone--with great joy and with terrific mastery, ...

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Barry Harris at the Village Vanguard

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Barry Harris
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
January 15, 2012

Ambling in from the back of the room, Barry Harris introduced his trio to the crowd at the Village Vanguard as the musicians filed in ahead of him: Ray Drummond on bass, Leroy Williams on drums, and then he announced, with a wink, ...

ARTICLE: RACE AND JAZZ

BAM or JAZZ: Part Two!

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Jazz, an art form given birth in the United States by descendents of the formerly enslaved, has a complicated relationship with race. Although race, as a popular idea, has no basis in biology, many people mentally adhere to the idea of dividing groups of people based on “race" as opposed to understanding how groups of people ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: The Mancy of Sound

Read "The Mancy of Sound" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Although alto saxophonist Steve Coleman's conceptual approach to composition has grown increasingly adventurous, high-brow or esoteric, depending on your viewpoint--with lunar phases and the Yoruba of West Africa's philosophical system providing inspiration here--The Mancy of Sound merely represents Coleman's relationship to the world, which is the font of most music of worth. Retaining the same musicians ...