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Kyle Nasser: Persistent Fancy

Read "Persistent Fancy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Kyle Nasser's Persistent Fancy is kind of like the old Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercial, where the two actors protest, “You got chocolate in my peanut butter." and “No, you got peanut butter in my chocolate." The saxophonist's second release, following Restless Soul (AISA, 2015), combines erudite compositions with shrewd improvising. Listeners can decide which of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kyle Nasser: Persistent Fancy

Read "Persistent Fancy" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Kyle Nasser follows his 2015 self-released debut, the captivating Restive Soul, with the equally intriguing Persistent Fancy. On it Nasser's writing has matured and his ideas crystalized resulting in vibrant and compelling originals.

The title track is an intricately crafted and passionate tune that brims with refreshing spontaneity. Bursts of saxophone notes complement ...

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Gerry Mulligan, Adam Price & More

Read "Gerry Mulligan, Adam Price & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we begin with a profile of a the fresh jazz sounds out of the United Kingdom with The Beats and Pieces Big Band featuring the group's leader Ben Cottrell off their latest commemorative CD simply entitled Ten. It celebrates a full decade of their groundbreaking jazz groove. The hour continues with a mincing of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kyle Nasser at The Red Room, Cafe 939

Read "Kyle Nasser at The Red Room, Cafe 939" reviewed by Doug Hall

Kyle Nasser
The Red Room, Cafe 939
CD release concert
Boston, MA
October 11, 2018

With an academic background originally in economics and political philosophy, you have to excuse the open mike opportunity jazz saxophonist Kyle Nasser takes to talk a bit about philosophical differences between tonal jazz compositions, counterpoint, ...

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Nicole Mitchell, Brom & Thomas Morelli-Bernard

Read "Nicole Mitchell, Brom & Thomas Morelli-Bernard" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode features another of those wonderful bassists from Portugal: Carlos Bica. His latest release with his trio, Azul, makes its One Man's Jazz debut and an earlier album with Prima Matéria closes the show with a familiar melody. Nicole Mitchell's latest, Maroon Cloud, the German trio, Brom, and the latest instalment of Satoko Fujii's birthday ...

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Beekman: Vol. 2

Read "Vol. 2" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

A oltre un anno di distanza dall'album che segnò l'esordio del collettivo di musicisti, Beekman torna con un Vol. 2 che, nelle tracce di questo ultimo lavoro, prosegue sostanzialmente la linea di quella prima esperienza. Non è una nota di demerito, anzi. Nel jazz uno degli aggettivi più usati e abusati è “cosmopolita," per indicare musica ...

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Beekman: Beekman Vol. 02

Read "Beekman Vol. 02" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Beekman is a collective quartet with members from all over the world: pianist Yago Vazquez from Spain, saxophonist Kyle Nasser from the U.S., bassist Pablo Menares from Chile and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren also from Chile. Nasser's work was heard on the intriguing Restive Soul, while Vazquez made a very strong contribution on Stream with veterans Scott ...

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Beekman: Vol. 02

Read "Vol. 02" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Beekman is a super-tight collective quartet whose members hail from three (count 'em) different continents. Pianist Yago Vazquez is from Spain, reedman Kyle Nasser is an American, and the entire rhythm section--bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren--hails from Chile. Their prosaically-titled sophomore album, Vol. 02, is more-or-less in the same brainy-but-chill modern jazz style as ...

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Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul

Read "Restive Soul" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Saxophonist Kyle Nasser's background story is very interesting. Very involved in jazz from grade school through college at Harvard, he nevertheless was enrolled as an economics and political philosophy major. That is, until he heard Hank Jones give a master class and play a gig, which (making the story a bit compressed) completely changed his life's ...

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Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul

Read "Restive Soul" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Boston native saxophonist Kyle Nasser's debut Restive Soul is a cohesive collection of ten, intriguing and elegantly crafted, Nasser originals. The music has a surprising maturity tempered with passionate spontaneity and a darkly cinematic ambience.

A mysterious aura shrouds the evocative “Shadow Army" that opens with pianist Dov Manski's percussive chords. Guitarist Jeff Miles' ...



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