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Nick Finzer: No Arrival

Read "No Arrival" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

To say a musician has arrived is to create the ultimate paradox. For in that notion is the suggestion of reaching the upper echelon in the art form, but also an indication of the end of a journey and the start of stagnation. With the true seeker and master musician, there is no arrival; there's merely ...

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Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

Read "Hear & Now" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

In questo terzo disco da leader Nick Finzer conferma l'organico e i partner presenti nei primi due: Exposition (Outside in Music, 2013) e The Chase (Origin Records, 2015). Non ancora trentenne, il trombonista di Rochester (N.Y.) s'è imposto tra i migliori strumentisti della sua generazione per la tecnica brillante, la bellezza del timbro e il rispetto ...

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Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

Read "Hear & Now" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based trombonist Nick Finzer has benefited from mentorships under trombone masters Wycliffe Gordon and Steve Turre; but his third CD release, Hear And Now also brings the original trombones master, J.J. Johnson to mind. One of Johnson's last CDs, the minor masterpiece, Heroes (Verve Records, 1995), featured a sextet configuration with an enormously-talented pianist, Rene ...

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Nick Hempton: Catch and Release

Read "Catch and Release" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran New York saxophonist Nick Hempton lets loose with the stellar Catch and Release, a special project that has been a year-long journey and an experiment of sorts, in recording and releasing music. The album contains eight original Hempton compositions except that each tune was recorded and released separately for purchase on-line on the internet for, ...

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Nick Hempton: Catch And Release

Read "Catch And Release" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it come to music release methods, there's nothing more stubborn or persistent than the single. Music has fallen in and out of love with so many different formats over the years, but the one-song-at-a-time method of digestion has weathered every shift, spat, and alteration that life and technology have thrown at it. In fact, it's ...

Nick Finzer: The Chase

Read "The Chase" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The trombone's gone through a few good times and a few bad times as a front-line jazz instrument. Thankfully, for all lovers of this particular horn, these times are good times. Nick Finzer is one of the players responsible, a trombonist and writer with flair and variety. The Chase, his second album, helps to ensure that ...

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Jen Allen: Pieces Of Myself

Read "Pieces Of Myself" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Jen Allen's debut as a leader, Pieces of Myself, is an eclectic collection of original compositions. Among the members of the pianist, composer and educator's sextet is her husband, saxophonist Kris Allen, and Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition finalist, Dave Baron. Allen, who studied cello prior to switching to jazz piano, draws on her broad ...