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Content by tag "Alex Brown"

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed

Read "Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

September 2017 was a horrible month for the US Virgin Islands (USVI). As the New York Times wrote, “In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria Drowned What Irma Didn't Destroy." We should not forget that from these isles, a pool of talent has created music that has endured, survived, and influenced. Music writers and researchers have investigated ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Tours U.S. In Fall Of 2017

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Tours U.S. In Fall Of 2017

In late September, Brazilian saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg will tour Mid-Atlantic cities and towns, sharing the vibrant melodies and captivating rhythms of his homeland with fans of world music and jazz. The tour takes his quartet from the nation’s capital to Baltimore and Annapolis, Rock Hall and Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and concludes with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miho Hazama: Time River

Read "Time River" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Composer, bandleader and pianist Miho Hazama's second release for Sunnnyside Records, Time River, is a uniquely thrilling album. The sublimely variegate harmonic color, the gripping, dramatic atmosphere and the dynamic musical ideas result in a cohesive and impeccably crafted album that is alive with spontaneity. Each of the nine original and distinctive pieces is perfectly constructed ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michel Nirenberg: Retrato/Portrait

Read "Retrato/Portrait" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It only takes a few seconds of listening to “Chorinho Em Aldeia/Na Gloria"--the album-opening track on Retrato/Self Portrait--to realize there's something special about Michel Nirenberg's playing. This young multi-reedist--a native of Rio de Janeiro who's currently based in Washington D.C.--marries virtuosity, exuberance, and emotional depth in his work, confidently covering everything from choro to cha-cha and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joseph Howell: Jazz Clarinet Now

Read "Jazz Clarinet Now" reviewed by Greg Simmons

"Don't judge a book--or CD--by its cover" may be a cliché, but it's still good advice. Joseph Howell's Jazz Clarinet Now features a smiling picture of Howell, neatly attired in a suit and tie, a high-and-tight haircut, and thin-framed glasses. Prominently holding his clarinet, the cover screams old-timey, Benny Goodman Swing-era period piece. Of course, the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alex Brown: Pianist

Read "Pianist" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With a little help from Cuban-born saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera the jazz world heralds the entrance of 22 year-old Alex Brown, capturing but a glimpse of his talents on a monster recording debut simply entitled Pianist. It was actually D'Rivera's bassist, Oscar Stagnaro,who began to gig with pianist around the Boston area, ultimately introducing Brown to D'Rivera, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alex Brown: Pianist

Read "Pianist" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Even for a pianist with as prodigious a talent as Alex Brown, having a heavyweight in the music pantheon such as Paquito D'Rivera produce the debut album, must have largely been a dream. However, to pull off a debut as fine as this is a feat in itself. As a pianist, Brown has remarkable technique. Although ...