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Benito Gonzalez: Passion Reverence Transcendence

Read "Passion Reverence Transcendence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In the grand, giving spirit of the master, pianist Benito Gonzalez, drummer Gerry Gibbs and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet hold absolutely nothing back and pull no punches on their exhilarating tribute to McCoy Tyner, Passion Reverence Transcendence.

With each tune taped in a single take, the trio explodes with a bold and proclamatory rush. ...

Tim Ray Trio: Windows

Read "Windows" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il pianista Tim Ray è noto soprattutto per le collaborazioni con protagonisti della musica pop (Lyle Lovett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt) piuttosto che con jazzmen (Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash) o con organici classici come la Boston Classical Orchestra.


Professore associato al Berklee College of Music ...

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Dave Liebman Group: Expansions Live

Read "Expansions  Live" reviewed by Budd Kopman

For those that know soprano saxophonist David Liebman's latest group Expansions from their first two studio albums, Samsara and The Puzzle, the double CD Expansions Live will be the lodestone for this quintet (Liebman, reedman Matt Vashlishan, keyboardist Bobby Avey, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz).

Playing a few of the tunes from ...

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Tim Ray Trio: Windows

Read "Windows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Tim Ray Trio supplied the spirited accompaniment on Kindred Spirits (Whaling City Sound, 2016), behind saxophonists Greg Abate and the legendary Phil Woods. But they got the chance to step out--sax men taking a break--with a peppery take on Kurt Weill's classic “Speak Low," which serves as a preview of sorts for the Tim Ray ...

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Steven Kirby: Illuminations

Read "Illuminations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Illuminations--guitarist Steven Kirby's third album, following Point Of Balance (Challenge Records, 1998) and North Lights (Challenge Records, 2003)--is both true to previous form and highly expansive. Kirby uses elements of the sonic palette(s) that helped to color his earlier work, referencing the probing lyricism of John Abercrombie and the straight-to-the-heart melodic qualities shot through in classic ...

Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: Live In Studio

Read "Live In Studio" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È possibile che il nome di questa formazione e il suo stesso leader non vi dicano molto ma guardate chi sono gli altri protagonisti e gli ospiti coinvolti. Il pianista Kenny Barron e il bassista Ron Carter completano il trio mentre si aggiungono Roy Hargrove in quattro brani e Cassandra Wilson in tre. Senza esagerare è ...

Dave Liebman: Expansions: The Puzzle

Read "Expansions: The Puzzle" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The Puzzle is the terrfic follow-up recording by David Liebman's new group, Expansions, the first being Samsara.

No sophomore jinx here; if anything, the group has coalesced further and is even tighter. To throw out a (perhaps meaningless) label, this music could be called hyper-bop in its mix of well-placed dissonance, rhythmic displacements and ...

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Greg Abate & Phil Woods: Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's

Read "Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Alto saxophonist Greg Abate is a man who has built a career as a powerhouse reed man and a proponent of the mainstream bebop style, earning the nickname “the prince of bebop." One of the kings of the genre, is unquestionably the legendary Phil Woods who blazed that trail before Abate and others followed. Captured live ...

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Greg Abate & Phil Woods: Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's

Read "Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods' (1931-2015) health was failing at the time Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's was recorded, but you never know it by listening to the crisp delivery, the vitality of a hot bebop band playing in the mode of the iconic altoist Charlie Parker. Saxophonist Greg Abate joins Woods in the front ...

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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: Live In Studio

Read "Live In Studio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Gerry Gibbs has been living a recurring dream with slight variations for the past few years. In December of 2012, he laid down tracks with two of his idols--the legendary Ron Carter and the estimable Kenny Barron--and dubbed their group the Thrasher Dream Trio. The eponymous debut from that band, featuring fifteen tracks recorded at ...