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Content by tag "Troy Dostert"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

MusicMusicMusic: Äventyret

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Although they haven't received much attention stateside, the three musicians in MusicMusicMusic have been fixtures in the Swedish jazz scene for years. They've released eight records of their own (all on their Hoob Records label), but they've also made plenty of appearances on others' releases. Pianist Fabian Kallerdahl recently made some fine contributions to vocalist Lisa ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Giuseppe Millaci: Songbook

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On his debut recording, Songbook, Italian bassist Giuseppe Millaci displays a healthy share of confidence and panache. And with a mature compositional voice and the help of well-chosen bandmates in pianist Amaury Faye and drummer Lionel Beuvens, Millaci offers some fine music worthy of gaining a wider audience.

The album's title might be a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hyeseon Hong: EE-YA-GI (Stories)

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With her rich, engaging debut release, EE-YA-GI (Stories), composer Hyeseon Hong brings her own unique approach to contemporary jazz. Using a first-rate large ensemble to showcase her compositions, she takes traditional folk forms, particularly from her native Korea, and develops them with modern big-band jazz voicings. The result is an eminently listenable and enjoyable recording, one ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tomas Fujiwara: The More the Better

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Drummer Tomas Fujiwara is a man on a mission. With recent and upcoming projects too many to list, he's one of the most widely recorded and in-demand drummers in contemporary creative jazz. Somehow he found the time to talk with All About Jazz right after a sound check in preparation for his Triple Double sextet's headlining ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stephan Crump / Kris Davis / Eric McPherson: Asteroidea

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When one hears the slightly ominous bass-register ostinato from Kris Davis's piano at the outset of the Borderlands Trio's debut album, Asteroidea, a spirit of mystery and intrigue quickly emerges. Its repetitive effect is hypnotic, and it creates the kind of mood you'd expect in classic film noir, where the unexpected is lurking right around the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 20-21, 2017

On the last two days of the festival, the Edgefest audience was treated to even more of the eclectic, explorative music that was present in abundance on Wednesday and Thursday.

Edgefest-goers who were able ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 1-2

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Part 1 | Part 2

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 18-19, 2017

When mid-October rolls around, many fans of avant-garde jazz and creative music prepare to converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan for their annual pilgrimage to the Kerrytown Concert House, home of the Edgefest festival. Now in its ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lisa Björänge Quintet: Resting Spirit

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The subject matter on Swedish vocalist Lisa Björänge's third album, Resting Spirit, is heavy stuff: difficult relationships, poignant memories, and the daily struggle for personal happiness and peace. But fortunately, Björänge's top- notch quintet brings an invigorating purpose and vitality to these eight tunes, leaving one grateful for having plumbed their emotional depths, since a confident ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Benny Benack III: One of a Kind

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Although he's got fine chops as a trumpeter, Benny Benack III also has serious ambition as a vocalist, as demonstrated on his first record as a leader, One of a Kind. It takes a good deal of self-confidence to pull off such a feat, and to his credit Benack does an admirable job of it. When ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dan Bruce's Beta Collective: Earthshine

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On the first listen, it's easy to fall under the sway of the sweetness of Dan Bruce's silky guitar tone, only to miss the substance at the heart of his music. Just as similar guitarists like Ben Monder or Kurt Rosenwinkel possess a generous, accessible sound with an exploratory edge, Bruce brings a finely-polished technique that ...


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