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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chris Potter Quartet and Melissa Aldana Group at SFJAZZ

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Chris Potter Quartet/ Melissa Aldana Group
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
June 13, 2017

It is rare that two saxophonists share a bill with their quartets. It's even less common when one of the two is female. The two were Chris Potter and Melissa Aldana, and they shared the stage at SFJAZZ ...

Glenn Zaleski Trio at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Glenn Zaleski Trio
Chris' Jazz Cafe
jny: Philadelphia, PA
May 3, 2017

It might not seem all that difficult to get together with friends in your own neighborhood, but sometimes it's more tricky than you'd think. Glenn Zaleski has made his previous two records as a leader in the span of two years, both ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Glenn Zaleski: Fellowship

Read "Fellowship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ever overcook a dish? The end result is usually dry and wilted. How about undercooking? Has one of your meals ever succumbed to that fate? If it has, you've probably been disappointed by the raw and shapeless dish sitting before you. In composition, as in cooking, you need to find the perfect temperature that sits between ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Pi Recordings 2016 Releases

Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the 15 years of its existence, Pi Recordings has been the home of musical innovators both established and up and coming. Its catalogue includes works by such legends as composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and other members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The imprint is also ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

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Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson has been an in-demand sideman for a decade, laying a foundation of top-tier groundwork in recording with Steve Coleman on all of that uncompromising composer's Five Elements albums since 2002. Finlayson's performing credits include gigs with Ravi Coltrane, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Vijay Iyer, and many other notable artists. Not until 2013 did ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

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If the title of trumpeter-composer Jonathan Finlayson's sophomore outing doesn't fully express his keenness in balancing conceptual grounding and rigor with fly-to-the-outer-limits expressiveness, the music certainly does. Moving Still--the highly anticipated follow up to Moment And The Message (Pi Recordings, 2013)--finds Finlayson doing what he does best: offsetting intricate lines and latticework with episodes of openness, ...

Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs

Read "Old Locks and Irregular Verbs" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il criterio dell'integrazione a coppie di strumenti omologhi o affini è uno degli aspetti che maggiormente caratterizzano la musica di Henry Threadgill. Già nel gruppo Very Very Circus si incontrava il raddoppio di chitarra e tuba, mentre l'impianto di Zooid, nato come sestetto in cui si specchiavano chitarra acustica e oud da un lato, violoncello e ...

Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks And Irregular Verbs

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The premiere of Old Locks and Irregular Verbs--Henry Threadgill's tribute to his longtime friend and colleague, musical pioneer Lawrence D. “Butch" Morris--was easily one of the most talked about events at the 2014 edition of New York's Winter Jazzfest. The buzz factor and expectation surrounding this work and the band performing it was so strong, in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Glenn Zaleski: My Ideal

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Pianist Glenn Zaleski had a couple of classic 1959 Bill Evans touchstones on his mind-- Everybody Digs Bill Evans (Riverside Records) and Portrait in Jazz (Riverside Records)--when he recorded his debut, My Ideal, setting his own piano trio table with a batch of time-tested Standards along with a couple of originals from composer friends of his. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Henry Threadgill: Very Very Threadgill 2014

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Henry Threadgill
Harlem Stage Gate House
Very Very Threadgill
New York, NY
September 27-28, 2014

Henry Threadgill isn't one to repeat himself. In nearly 40 years of recording, he's only repeated a few compositions. So why would a retrospective of his work by a mere recapitulation? Very Very Threadgill--held ...


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