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Dave Chisholm: Instrumental

Read "Instrumental" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Trumpeter/composer Dave Chisholm has a creative skill outside of music: he's also an accomplished cartoonist. His graphic novel Instrumental tells the story of an aspiring trumpeter who almost loses his soul after receiving a cursed trumpet, and this album serves as the Soundtrack. The seven selections have titles paralleling the chapters in the graphic novel, but ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonathan Parker: Interloper

Read "Interloper" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Jonathan Parker has covered quite a lot of ground since graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2008: Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Shanghai, China, carving out a performing life for himself there. Then, he was accepted into the Kennedy Center-sponsored Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program in 2010. Parker moved to New York City ...

Florian Ross Big Company: Ties & Loose Ends

Read "Ties & Loose Ends" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The late pitcher Satchel Paige once offered this sound advice: “Never look over your shoulder; someone may be gaining on you." Nowadays, those who seem to be gaining the most ground when it comes to big-band jazz are Europeans and Asians who've been listening closely to and learning from their peers in the States and using ...

Colossus: Colossus

Read "Colossus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Colossus is the name of the album and the band, a seventeen- piece ensemble formed in 2012, comprised of present and former students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and co-led by trumpeter Dave Chisholm, trombonist Mike Conrad and saxophonist Levi Saelua. While the music is decidedly contemporary, its essential components--melody, harmony, rhythm, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Albert–Hobbs Big Band / Jeff Hamilton–DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Steve Taylor Big Band

Read "Albert–Hobbs Big Band / Jeff Hamilton–DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Steve Taylor Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dave Albert--Brian Hobbs Big Band
Love Remembered
Eidolon Records
2012

What a bold and unusual idea, opening a big-band album with a waltz performed by a trio. The Albert-Hobbs Big Band does exactly that with “For Mr. C," one of several dedications on its debut recording, Love ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ben Thomas' Endless Mountain Region: Ben Thomas' Endless Mountain Region

Read "Ben Thomas' Endless Mountain Region" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Ben Thomas' Endless Mountain Region, the debut album by this eponymous trio led by bassist Thomas--is dedicated, according to Thomas' rather funky website, “to exploring the freedom of a chordless trio." It undertakes this exploration on a series of original tunes--three each from Thomas and drummer Aaron Staebell, one from saxophonist Tony Malaby--and a version of ...

Steve Lyman: Revolver

Read "Revolver" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Drummer Steve Lyman makes his debut as leader with Revolver, a mini-album of original compositions clocking in at just over 27 minutes. Brevity is the soul of wit, of course, and Lyman wisely avoids the desire to throw everything he has onto his first recording. The result is a concise, sharp, collection with a laidback, meditative ...

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Dave Chisholm: Calligraphy

Read "Calligraphy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Trumpeter, composer and comic book writer Dave Chisholm made a confident recording debut with Radioactive (Self Produced, 2010), a big band album featuring five of his original tunes. On Calligraphy he takes a different approach, performing another set of originals in a quintet setting. Along with this paring-down of the ensemble, Chisholm's writing makes even more ...

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Aaron Staebell: Bending & Breaking

Read "Bending & Breaking" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Bending And Breaking is percussionist and composer Aaron Staebell's debut as a bandleader; a debut filled with energy, enthusiasm, and invention, signaling the appearance of yet another talented newcomer on the scene.

As a composer, Staebell's work takes inspiration from and shares qualities with a wide range of styles and sources. “Nobody Reads ...

Dave Chisholm: Radioactive

Read "Radioactive" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Radioactive was recorded in Salt Lake City in 2009, while bandleader/composer/trumpeter Dave Chisholm was working on the Master of Music degree at the University of Utah. Recording a debut album as leader with a 17-piece big band might be considered a tad hubristic, even for a Masters program--"start small" might be the received wisdom--but why not, ...