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Daniel Rosenboom: Astral Transference / Seven Dreams

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L.A. trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom seems to gravitate towards music that challenges on multiple levels, and his latest recording Astral Transference/ Seven Dreams, a sprawling, two-disc transcription of a live concert at the Blue Whale is nothing if not wildly ambitious.

“Astral Transference," is the single composition that takes up the entirety of ...

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Charles McPherson: The Journey

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Alto saxophone legend Charles McPherson has few living peers, but even at the age of 75, he shows no signs of slowing down, a premise well documented with the release of The Journey, his latest recording on the Capri label.

Blistering post-bop remains McPherson's signature, but there is also a modernist streak ...

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Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet

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Recorded less than a year before his death, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler's swan song is a document that sings with smoldering beauty and palpable heartache--all captured in the typically sublime detail that has become the trademark of the ECM label.

Wheeler concentrates on flugelhorn throughout, and his long-time association with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Robert Bush Best of 2014

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2014 proved a banner year for jazz recordings. Still, two of my favorite discs this year came in the form of previously unreleased material--the Jarrett Trio and Coltrane Quintet cannot be overlooked, in my opinion.

Wadada Leo Smith
The Great Lakes Suites
(Tum Records)

Keith Jarrett, ...

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Gavin Templeton Trio: Some Spinning, Some At Rest

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LA alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton's sophomore release as a leader, Some Spinning, Some At Rest represents the values of composition and free-improvising with equal fervor and expertise, and alongside double-bassist Richard Giddens and drummer Gene Coye, Mr. Templeton has documented one of the finest saxophone trio recordings in recent memory.

Templeton's soulful, ...

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Keith Humble / Bert Turetzky: Kinetic Conversations

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This long-dormant recording by the late Australian composer/pianist Keith Humble and legendary contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky is finally available as Kinetic Conversations a searing document recorded in Mandeville Auditorium at the University of California, San Diego, on March 19, 1986.

The quality, both in terms of fidelity and performance values, is sterling ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wadada Leo Smith Silver Orchestra & Anthony Braxton Trio Live at Zipper Hall

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Wadada Leo Smith Silver Orchestra, Anthony Braxton Trio
Zipper Hall
2014 Angel City Jazz Festival
Los Angeles, CA
September 27, 2014

The 2014 Angel City Jazz Festival, a spectacular non-commercial multi-day event, may well have reached its zenith with the inspired double-bill concert featuring Wadada Leo Smith's Silver ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites

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Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is on something of a recording roll lately, with The Great Lakes Suites coming hot on the heels of 2013's Occupy The World, and 2012's Ten Freedom Summers on the TUM and Cuneiform labels, respectively.

To these ears, The Great Lakes Suites is the prize among prizes. Drum ...

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John Coltrane: Offering: Live At Temple University

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Discovering unheard John Coltrane material is the Holy Grail for serious music devotees, and the imminent release (Sept.23,2014) of a 1966 live date in the form of Offering: Live at Temple University on the Impulse! label (in conjunction with Resonance Records and Universal Music) to join The Olatunji Concert and One Down, One Up Live at ...

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Tony Malaby Tamarindo: Somos Agua

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Saxophonist Tony Malaby's Tamarindo, featuring the unerring bassist William Parker and explosive drummer Nasheet Waits explore the possibilities of the saxophone trio on Somos Agua with frequently staggering results--sort of like a very free version of the Sonny Rollins unit with Wilbur Ware and Elvin Jones that recorded A Night at the Village Vanguard some 57 ...