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Bob Mintzer Big Band / New York Voices: Meeting of Minds

Read "Meeting of Minds" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's an appetizing treat for fans of big bands and vocals alike, neatly wrapped in one handsome package by the stalwart Bob Mintzer Big Band and the splendid New York Voices. Together, band and voices take a fresh look at eight memorable standards from the Great American Songbook written by such master craftsmen as Cole Porter, ...

Owen Broder: Heritage

Read "Heritage" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The cross-pollination of jazz and folk music is nothing new, but saxophonist Owen Broder does push things forward in this exploration of the idea, asking five different composers from varying generations and backgrounds to each write their own take on American folk music for an eight-piece ensemble.

Besides Broder himself, the compositions and arrangements ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us

Read "Cities Between Us" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Continua a muoversi nel solco della tradizione -tra Peggy Lee e Chris Connor-la giovane cantante e autrice newyorchese, diplomata al New England Conservatory. Dopo il debutto del 2014 (Lonely City, SteepleChase) in questo secondo disco Allegra cambia organico e clima espressivo.
Tra i nuovi partner spiccano Kirk Knuffke alla cornetta, Jay Anderson al contrabbasso ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Umbria Jazz 2017

Read "Umbria Jazz 2017" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli

Photos of the Umbria Jazz Festival, featuring among many others Wayne Shorter, 5 by Monk by 5: Kenny Barron, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green and Dado Moroni; the trio of Egberto Gismonti, Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holland and the Umbria Jazz Orchestra directed by Ryan Truesdell featuring Steve Wilson, Paolo Fresu, Jay Anderson and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz 2017

Read "Umbria Jazz 2017" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz
Perugia
Varie sedi
7-16.7.2017

Mantenendosi fedele alla sua consolidata formula, Umbria Jazz si è protratta per dieci giorni su vari palcoscenici, con concerti gratuiti e a pagamento, cercando di adeguare stili e proposte differenti ai diversi contesti interessati e rivolgendosi quindi a diverse fasce di pubblico. In particolare, la ...

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Umbria Jazz Winter a Orvieto

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter a Orvieto" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 24
Orvieto
Varie sedi
28.12.2016-01.01.2017

In questa ventiquattresima edizione di Umbria Jazz Winter, come in altre precedenti, non è mancata la qualità, con alcuni concerti che non sarebbe facile ascoltare altrove, fra cui molte proposte replicate in più sedi e in orari diversi. Quasi tutti i gruppi ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Frank Kimbrough's latest offering, Solstice on the Pirouet label, is a joy from beginning to end.

Pirouet is the home of some other fine piano trios, including those of Marc Copland (see Some Love Songs, Modinha, Voices and Night Whispers).

Copland, arguably working from the Bill Evans aesthetic is, of course, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough presents a trio album with only one of his originals, a reversal of his usual approach. He was a student of the late Paul Bley, and although there is no formal dedication the program has an air of homage about it. Kimbrough first heard three of the selections played by Bley's mid-60's trio. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Frank Kimbrough is a veteran New York pianist known best for playing with Maria Schneider's orchestra and leading his own small groups. On his new CD, Solstice, he pays tribute to several people who have inspired him in his career and life.

Most of the people he tips his hat to such as Paul ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A stellar interlude of three-way instrumental interplay can be found on composer/conductor Maria Schneider's first masterpiece, Concert In The Garden (ArtistShare, 2004), on the set's title tune, beginning about five and a half minutes in. Ben Monder lays down a ghostly guitar solo that climbs to an eerie climax, as a handoff to pianist Frank Kimbrough, ...