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Formats – Solo Through Nonet

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One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...


Roberto Magris Sextet: Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery

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Since recording his first album as a leader in 1982, Italian-born pianist Roberto Magris has added thirty more to his impressive resume, the most recent of which is this high-powered sextet date, Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery. The session is somewhat of a departure in that most of Magris' earlier albums have been ...

Camille Thurman: Inside The Moment

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As a first call saxophonist and vocalist, Camille Thurman has appeared as guest accompanist on so many albums and performances by acclaimed artists, it's hard to imagine where she found the time for Inside The Moment . Having released both Origins and Spirit Child back to back in 2014, and as the recipient of prestigious awards ...


Ellington's Nutcracker at The Jazz Corner

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Justin Varnes
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
December 15, 2017

Every Christmas is the Nutcracker Season for ballet aficionados. The legendary composing and arranging skills of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn also make it Nutcracker Season for jazz aficionados. In 1960, Ellington and Strayhorn wrote their version ...


University of Kentucky Mega-Sax Ensembles: Stinkin' 3.0

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If you dig the sound of a saxophone (alto, tenor and / or baritone), you've come to the right place. Unless we've miscounted, no less than nineteen saxophonists are present and accounted for on Stinkin' 3.0, which, it stands to reason, is the third CD recorded by the University of Kentucky's (well-named) Mega-Sax Ensembles. That includes ...


Max De Aloe, Lorenzo Cominoli, Attilio Zanchi: City of Dreams

Read "City of Dreams" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Garrison Fewell è una figura che ha lasciato una traccia indelebile non solo nella storia della musica improvvisata, ma anche in moltissimi di coloro che hanno incrociato le loro strade con la sua. Chitarrista, compositore, improvvisatore, maestro di vita, Fewell negli ultimi anni della sua esistenza, spentasi nel 2015, è stato spesso in Italia, tanto che ...


Roberto Magris: Roberto Magris Sextet Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery

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Italian pianist and composer Roberto Magris is restless in his stylistic approach. With more than two-dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader he has covered numerous sub-genres in a variety of group formats. Magris' career is steeped in bebop but with Enigmatix (JMood Records, 2015), with his American trio, he takes a modern European jazz approach with an ...


Glenn Zaleski: Fellowship

Read "Fellowship" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Originario del Massachusetts, il pianista Glenn Zaleski è uno dei giovani talenti emergenti sulla scena newyorchese. Questo Fellowship è il suo secondo lavoro, sempre per Sunnyside, dopo My Ideal, del 2015.

Si tratta in buona sostanza di un classico esempio di piano trio, dall'impostazione piuttosto tradizionale, ma diversamente dal precedente album, basato su standard ...


Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 24

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The early 1950s were a worrying time for Duke Ellington. Musical tastes were changing and big bands were going out of business. Ellington was nervous. “I like to keep a band so I can write and hear the music next day," he said, “The only way you can do that is to pay the band and ...


University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 17, 2017

[This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, ...