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Evan Woodle: Nth

Read "Nth" reviewed by Dave Wayne

An integral part of the fecund and fascinating Pacific Northwest jazz scene, percussionist Evan Woodle is a charter member of several of the region's most innovative bands: Heatwarmer, Chemical Clock, and Operation ID to name a few. Each of these groups plays a sort of hybrid music that's difficult to describe without using hyphens and multiple ...

Operation ID: Legs

Read "Legs" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The cover art for Operation ID's debut CD recalls the work of Raymond Pettibon. whose indelible images burst forth from the covers of LPs by Black Flag, Minutemen, and Saccharine Trust on the iconoclastic SST label, back in the 1980s. Though it's directed toward a different end result, the music on Legs has a relentless energy ...

Chemical Clock: Chemical Clock

Read "Chemical Clock" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Yet another band arising from Seattle's embarrassment of avant-jazz riches, Chemical Clock is an aggressive and determined young band with a lot of good ideas and more than enough chops to pull them off. Led by keyboardist and composer Cameron Sharif, the quartet's self-titled debut CD EP is a brief and refreshing blast of post- everything ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Cuong Vu: Cooking in Seattle

Read "Cuong Vu: Cooking in Seattle" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Returning to home town Seattle after 15 years on the east coast has been a good move for trumpeter Cuong Vu judging by the outstanding music on these three CDs and the movement he has largely inspired in Seattle's young creative musicians. Bassist Luke Bergman is a constant on these recordings, adding new depth to Vu's ...

Agogic: Agogic

Read "Agogic" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Table and Chairs music is a new label dedicated to harnessing Seattle's rich music legacy. Its first release, Agogic, is the eponymous debut featuring trumpeter Cuong Vu and saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo. D'Angelo cast his dye as an alto saxophonist in Seattle before moving to New York, and has played with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Erik Friedlander, among ...

AGOGIC: AGOGIC

Read "AGOGIC" reviewed by Troy Collins

Defined as “accenting a musical note by extending it slightly beyond its normal time value," AGOGIC is the evocative name adopted by the seasoned front-line of multi-instrumentalist Andrew D'Angelo (alto saxophone, bass clarinet) and trumpet player Cuong Vu for a multi-generational collective featuring electric bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Evan Woodle, two of Seattle's most promising ...

Agogic: Agogic

Read "Agogic" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Seattle's music scene is well known for its alternative rock bands, such as Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. But the nonconformist jazz of Agogic's debut would rival them all in terms of its own energy and inventiveness. Born from the collaboration between saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo and trumpeter Cuong Vu (whose resumes are dotted with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 2: January 8, 2011

Read "Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 2: January 8, 2011" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Day 1 | Day 2

Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 7-8, 2011


Kirk Knuffke Quartet

Trumpeter Kirk Knuffke certainly has an enthusiasm for the “hot" jazz of the 1920's, even if it isn't straight from the source. Knuffke's quartet--co-fronted by trombonist Brian Drye, and backed by ...