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Content by tag "Darek Oles"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jon Mayer: Live at the Athenaeum

Read "Live at the Athenaeum" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Jon Mayer has been quietly building his considerable discography over the last 25 years. Live at the Athenaeum joins eight previous releases that include, Full Circle (Reservoir Music, 2002); So Many Stars (Reservoir Music, 2007); Nightscape (Reservoir Music, 2009); and The Art of the Ballad (UDJ, 2014). These releases more than solidify Mayer's bona fides ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Carol Robbins: Taylor Street

Read "Taylor Street" reviewed by Roger Farbey

In the context of jazz, the harp is a rare instrument indeed and there are proportionately few players in the field. Two exponents of this rare art are Alice Coltrane and the British harpist David Snell whose library composition “International Flight" is a jazz harp classic. A third is Carol Robbins, whose album Taylor Street is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Monterey Jazz Festival 2015, Part 2

Read "Monterey Jazz Festival 2015, Part 2" reviewed by Walter Atkins

2015 Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey CA
September 18-20, 2015

The 58th edition of the storied Monterey Jazz Festival continued its long tradition of bringing its rich blend of both venerable and new artists to the historic Northern California venue. This year's extensive line up included: Chick Corea, Diane ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kait Dunton: trioKAIT

Read "trioKAIT" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Kait Dunton's previous album--Mountain Suite (Self Produced, 2012)--was an impressive and nuanced affair that brought drummer Peter Erskine, bassist Darek Oles, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, and trumpeter John Daversa into her orbit. Here, she works with a different set of musicians and focuses largely on different forms of groove-based music: Dunton aligns herself with a pair ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Notable & Nearly Missed in 2013

Read "Notable & Nearly Missed in 2013" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

More music is released each year than can be realistically followed by a given writer. I typically listen to much more music than I write about, not because this music is not worthy somehow but there is so little time. So, this year, I am going to write a “Notable & Nearly Missed" column to catch ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kait Dunton: Mountain Suite

Read "Mountain Suite" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The seeds for this project were planted when pianist/composer Kait Dunton jotted down a few measures of music while sojourning in the Canadian Rockies, but this passionate music actually sprung to life inside a recording studio in Pasadena, California. Dunton, a Los Angeles-based artist pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bob Mintzer: Amazing Reach

Read "Bob Mintzer: Amazing Reach" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

For about half of his four decade-long career in jazz, Bob Mintzer has been a member of the Yellowjackets, one of the most enduring, distinctive and creative bands in contemporary jazz. But, oddly enough, this association is a relatively small slice of Mintzer's remarkably multifaceted life in music as a saxophonist, bass clarinetist, composer, arranger, educator ...

Carol Robbins: Moraga

Read "Moraga" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While the harp is often pigeonholed as an instrument that belongs in the confines of classical music, artists like Carol Robbins, Zeena Parkins and Edmar Castaneda are helping to change public perception about this topic. Castaneda has created rhythmically engaging music that's high on excitement, and Parkins is constantly breaking barriers by invading every area, from ...

Carol Robbins: Moraga

Read "Moraga" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The harp is probably one of the least recognized and utilized instruments in jazz yet, the jazz harp is as much a part of the genre as the saxophone, with only a handful of musicians making it their instrument of choice. The late Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, along with Lori Andrews, Columbian Edmar Castaneda and ...

Hiroe Sekine: After The Rainfall

Read "After The Rainfall" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Hiroe Sekine's graceful touch and pleasant musical disposition are apparent from the first downbeat on After The Rainfall, but they don't make this an underwhelming affair. The record certainly has its share of gentle aural pleasantries, but that isn't the end of the story. Fusion-laced revisions of Thelonious Monk, swinging, up-tempo blues, and Brazilian getaways ...