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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pérez, Potter, Cohen Quintet at SFJAZZ

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Pérez, Potter, Cohen Quintet
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
October 14, 2018

“It's a privilege to be here, especially in these challenging times," pianist Danilo Pérez told the audience, as the evening began, and then called his musical companions --Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Chris Potter on tenor and soprano saxophones, Larry ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Read "Where The River Goes" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

The inventiveness that Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel displayed on 2016's Rising Grace (ECM) is on display once more on Where The River Goes--again made with an American quartet, this time comprising pianist Brad Mehldau, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Eric Harland (who replaces Rising Grace's Brian Blade).

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Read "Where The River Goes" reviewed by Matt Hooke

A song titled “For Django" would usually feature a hard-swinging gypsy rhythm and rapid-fire guitar lines. Guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel goes in the opposite direction, with a thoughtful mid-tempo piece that places pianist Brad Mehldau and trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire in the starring role more than himself.

“For Django," despite being the second track, sets ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Linda May Han Oh: Talent and Dedication

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Over the past decade, bassist Linda May Han Oh has been hailed as one of the most gifted bassists, bandleaders and composers of her generation. She is a virtuoso who can swing hard while keeping instrumental grace and precision, structuring her lines through a most free-flowing cascade of ideas. After completing her master's degree at the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brad Mehldau Trio al Parco della Musica, Roma

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Brad Mehldau Trio
Parco della Musica
Roma
12.05.2018

Ogni tanto capita che un artista esca dal suo ambito di riferimento generalmente ristretto per venire esposto a un pubblico più vasto ed eterogeneo. Succede ad esempio a quei musicisti jazz che vengono “scoperti," più o meno occasionalmente, da un pubblico generico ...

Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution!

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Pianist Brad Mehldau has an adventurous and innovative side, one that he displays on Largo (Warner Brothers, 2002) and Highway Rider (Nonesuch, 2010), albums that feature expansive and--with Largo--electronic inputs. But he always returns to the acoustic trio format that brought him to prominence. It began with a series of five Art Of The Trio albums ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Brad Mehldau Trio's New Album, "Seymour Reads the Constitution!," Out Now

Brad Mehldau Trio's New Album, "Seymour Reads the Constitution!," Out Now

Brad Mehldau Trio's new album, Seymour Reads the Constitution!, is out now on Nonesuch Records. The pianist and his longtime trio, which includes drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, perform three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American ...

Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Read "Seymour Reads The Constitution!" reviewed by Doug Collette

The track listing of Seymour Reads The Constitution! is ultimately as deceptive as the album's title (not to mention its cryptic cover image). The ten cuts feature only three compositions written by Brad Mehldau, yet these pieces constitute almost half the record's sixty-plus minutes playing time. As a result, the covers provide exceptional pacing because the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Fly Trio al Parco della Musica di Roma

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Fly
Parco della Musica
Roma
22.01.2018

Originariamente nato nel 2000 come Jeff Ballard Trio e successivamente diventato Fly, il trio costituito da Mark Turner ai sassofoni, Jeff Ballard alla batteria e Larry Grenadier al contrabbasso ha realizzato solo tre album in tutti questi anni, a cominciare dall'omonimo Fly su Savoy ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Linda May Han Oh: Talento e Dedizione

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Tra i bassisti di nuova generazione--nello strumento sia acustico che elettrico--il ruolo di Linda May Han Oh spicca per il lavoro svolto sia come bandleader che partner di protagonisti come Pat Metheny, Dave Douglas, Vijay Iyer, Joe Lovano o Kenny Barron. Nel 2017 ha pubblicato il quarto album a suo nome Walk Against Wind (Biophilia Records) ...