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Carla Bley Trio at Dazzle Jazz

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Carla Bley Trio
Dazzle Jazz
Denver, Colorado
March 24, 2019

Pianist Carla Bley drew an equilateral triangle with electric bassist Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard at Dazzle Jazz in Denver. The trio showed the true meaning of democracy, unafraid to temper every glint of brightness with a hint ...

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ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019

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ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
January 11-12, 2019

On January 11th and 12th, Winter Jazzfest attendees were treated to two nights of performances by some of the ECM's most vibrant affiliates. The impressions left in their wake verged on moving pictures, comprising a montage of ...

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Mathias Eick's Private Concert For The Norwegian Consul

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Mathias Eick
Norwegian Consul General Residence
New York, NY
January 11, 2019

In a potent foretaste of what promises to be a Scandinavian-heavy jazzahead! conference in April, the Norwegian Consul General Harriet E. Berg--in collaboration with Norsk Jazzforum and Music Norway--graciously opened her New York City residence for a ...

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Sheila Jordan at Mezzrow

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Sheila Jordan
Mezzrow
New York, NY
January 10, 2019

If the art of song is only as vibrant as the colors from which one draws, then Sheila Jordan perhaps has the broadest palette of any living jazz vocalist. At the tender age of 90, she is blessed with a patience that ...

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Mark de Clive-Lowe at Nublu 151

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Mark de Clive-Lowe
Nublu 151
Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 10, 2019

New York City's Winter Jazzfest is about nothing if not cross-pollination. This guiding principle crystallized at every venue, but perhaps nowhere so psychosomatically as at Nublu 151, where Mark de Clive-Lowe spearheaded late-night jamming of a decidedly ...

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Mark de Clive-Lowe: Heritage

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On Heritage, pianist/composer/producer Mark de Clive-Lowe sows two rhythmic seeds for every melodic plant reaped from an autobiographical crop. The half-Japanese, half-New Zealander's spiritual kinship with Japan runs deep. His blending of electronics and sampling elicits a precision that only enhances the freer passages, and provides a fitting platform for his copilots Josh Johnson (alto sax ...

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Jostein Gulbrandsen: Looking Ahead

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Norwegian-born, New York-based guitarist Jostein Gulbrandsen makes a modest splash with this set of eight originals. The composing is in-the-tradition and buoyant throughout, and harnesses the abilities of an enviable band. Bassist Mike McGuirk exudes plenty of sunshine in opener “Gee Wheez," revealing a carefree undercurrent that infuses the entire session. Drummer Mark Ferber catches his ...

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Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2

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If “Riverbed," which opens Mason Razavi's burnished sequel to Quartet Plus (First Orbit Sounds, 2014) were a doorway, it would welcome listeners like guests of honor to an intimate yet lively gathering of close friends and family. Such is the feeling of hospitality and warmth that pervades this thoroughly nourishing album. Over this and the next ...

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Spencer Day at The Green Room 42

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Spencer Day
The Green Room 42
New York, NY
May 18, 2018

In celebration of his seventh album, Angel City, singer/songwriter Spencer Day charmed the socks off a gracious audience at The Green Room 42. Day's greatness in both capacities lies in his ability to embody every song as ...

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Adam Rudolph's Galaxies at The Stone

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Adam Rudolph's Galaxies
The Stone
New York, NY
May 10, 2018

On May 10, 2018, as part of a week-long residency at The Stone, percussionist and cosmic traveler Adam Rudolph convened an assembly of stardust worthy of the name Galaxies. Backed by a flowing red curtain and facing a ...