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Andy Hague Quintet at The Bronx Bar

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Andy Hague Quintet
Bronx Bar and Restaurant
Teignmouth, Devon
June 7, 2018

After two exotic imports (Sur Ecoute from France and Duski from Wales) Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Club went relatively local for their latest booking... Bristol-based trumpeter Andy Hague. Hague fronts other groups, including medium-sized Afro-Cuban/salsa bands and Silverado, a ...

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Little Rock, AR, July 15, 2012

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Tedeschi Trucks Band
Robinson Auditorium
Little Rock, Arkansas
July 15, 2012

The post-millennial Allman Brothers Band has given rise to a number of notable side projects. Among these offshoots are guitarist Warren Haynes' projects Gov't Mule and The Warren Haynes Band, bassist Oteil Burbridge's Oteil and the Pacemakers, drummer Jai Johanny Johanson's Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, ...

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Cuong Vu 4-Tet: Leaps of Faith

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The order and presentation of music on a recording or in a recital are every bit as important in the music producer's skill set as is choosing what music to include. Had trumpeter Cuong Vu introduced his Vu-Tet's Leaps of Faith with the title piece, or “Child-Like (for Vina)," it would have been easy to dismiss ...

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Roxy Coss: Roxy Coss

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There is no question that women musicians have, and continue to play, a major role in jazz--from composers and band leaders such as Maria Schneider to renowned pianist Marian McPartland,--but few make their mark as saxophonists. Roxy Coss is a New York-based saxophonist who, with her self-titled debut, joins the likes of Anat Cohen, Mary Fettig, ...

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Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble: Naima

Read "Naima" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

John Coltrane's original recording of “Naima" is extraordinarily beautiful, and it's possible that he never envisioned such a breathtaking version being played so many years after it had been composed. So hats off to the Japanese-born violinist and erhu player, Meg Okura, for conjuring up that version. As wave after wave of the song's melody unfolds ...

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Michael Dease: Grace

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This could be the break-out album for trombonist Michael Dease, his music and style putting him in the company of trombone legends including Jack Teagarden, J.J. Johnson,. Kai Winding and Curtis Fuller.

On Grace, Dease is anchored by a very able rhythm crew, including pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Gene ...

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Chris Colangelo: Elaine's Song

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Representing the second album in a decade for Los Angeles-based bassist Chris Colangelo, Elaine's Song documents seven original compositions that he has been working on for two years; time well spent, considering the caliber of the charts. Though the originals are the meat of this musical endeavor, the most ambitious piece of the album, “Falling Grace" ...

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Aaron Goldberg: Home

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Home by the young pianist Aaron Goldberg, is a gorgeous album of songs. The music here proffers many moods. It is sharp, and probes the density of emotions--from happiness, and one's unique identity, to the loss of both. It is a poignant search for a home for the heart, the soul and the restless mind. The ...

ART-i-Facts: Great Performances from 40 Years of Jazz at NEC

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Various Artists
ART-i-Facts: Great Performances from 40 Years of Jazz at NEC
New England Conservatory
2010

For almost 150 years the New England Conservatory has been a repository of learning for musicians from around the world. The institution has maintained a fine sense of history and 40 years ago began ...

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Bill McBirnie: Mercy

Read "Mercy" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

By its very nature and high and lonesome sound, the flute is a solitary instrument. Although played from ancient times, the modern flute as a solo voice has been rather seldom heard compared to other woodwind--especially reed--instruments. But non-existent it is certainly not. First Frank Wess' then Herbie Mann's and Hubert Laws' work certainly comes to ...