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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Rev

Read "Rev" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Toronto-based septet Turboprop serves, in part, as an arrangement-expanding vehicle for  drummer/leader Ernesto Cervini. With his work in two ongoing, outstanding trio's--MEM3 and Myriad3--Cervini helps shape modernist jazz in the piano trio mode. Turboprop, with its three horn front line--two saxophones and a trombone--gets the chance to stretch his arranging chops, with Rev, the group's ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, Bassist Dan Loomis, Drummer Ronen Itzik Shine In Live Performance Video

Pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, Bassist Dan Loomis, Drummer Ronen Itzik Shine In Live Performance Video

Last May, the Ukrainian pianist Vadim Neselovskyi released his trio's debut recording Get Up and Go (May 19, Jazz Family and Neuklang Records) with bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Ronen Itzik, and the three musicians have been burning up stages around the world ever since. Their spring performance at jazzahead! 2017 in Bremen, Germany is a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vadim Neselovskyi: Get Up And Go

Read "Get Up And Go" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Ukrainian pianist Vadim Neselovskyi has an affecting, organic sound that draws more from classical and folk idioms than the usual jazz materials. It can range from fragile to overpowering and on this CD, it allows him to establish a strong, individual presence in the crowded piano trio field.

On fast pieces like “On A Bicycle" ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

The Wee Trio: Full of Surprises

Read "The Wee Trio: Full of Surprises" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Don't be fooled by the name. The members of the Wee Trio are normal-looking and normal-sized guys, their ambition if anything is deluxe, and their compositional scope virtually limitless. While such a moniker can only keep them humble--not that they'd seem to need the help--they've always kept an outsized willingness to follow fascinating ideas and embrace ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Wee Trio: Wee +3

Read "Wee +3" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Wee Trio delivered quite a bit of variety over the course of its first four albums. The first two--Capitol Diner, Vol. I (Bionic Records, 2008) and Capitol Diner, Vol. II: Animal Style (Bionic Records, 2010)--established the musical ground and syntax that are part and parcel of this three-way partnership; Ashes To Ashes: A David Bowie ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Wee Trio Announces The Release Of Wee + 3, Plus Upcoming Tour Dates!

The Wee Trio Announces The Release Of Wee + 3, Plus Upcoming Tour Dates!

THE WEE TRIO Announces The Release of Wee + 3: James Westfall (vibes), Dan Loomis (bass), and Jared Schonig (drums), Joined by Very Special Guests: Nicholas Payton, Nir Felder, and Fabian Almazán Available September 30, 2016 on Bionic Records. iTunes Pre-Order! Wee + 3 Tour Dates: Oct 22: Sunnyvale Performing Arts Center, Sunnyvale, CA
Oct 23: The Blue ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Danny Bacher All-Star Band Returns To The Metropolitan Room On August 4 & 25 - Celebrating Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima & Louis Jordan!

Danny Bacher All-Star Band Returns To The Metropolitan Room On August 4 & 25 - Celebrating Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima & Louis Jordan!

Danny Bacher returns to the Metropolitan Room on August 4 & 25 with his All-Star Band Celebrating Upcoming Debut CD Swing That Music! Danny Bacher Sings and Plays Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima and Louis Jordan" Advance EP features: Warren Vache, Bill Goodwin, Ray Drummond, Howard Alden, Houston Person and Cyrille Aimée Danny Bacher and his All-Star Band are back ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Turboprop Buzzes British Columbia Hinterland

Read "Turboprop Buzzes British Columbia Hinterland" reviewed by Mark Holston

Turboprop
The Arts Station
Fernie, British Columbia
March 17, 2015

Fernie, a small ski resort of 5,000 surrounded some of the most spectacular Alpine scenery in the Pacific Northwest, might seem like the last place on earth where world class jazz talent would be presented on a regular basis. Tucked away ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

SPOKE: (r)anthems

Read "(r)anthems" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

On (r)anthems, the New York-based ensemble takes various pop classics and favorite World Music tunes and reinvents them into their own flavor, either going into a New Orleans-tinged feel or just improvising around the melody. An example is Stevie Wonder's “Tell Me Something Good," which is re-purposed here into a marching band-like vibe. The Beatles' “Blackbird" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

SPOKE: (r)anthems

Read "(r)anthems" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

According to the members of SPOKE, this album--the band's third to date--"is both musical rant and anthem." So what does that mean? Well, it means that there's an intentional balancing act between the raw and refined, the focused and the untamed, and the grand and rowdy. Nothing ever goes off the rails and nothing is ever ...