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Ellen Rowe Octet: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

At a time when women are gaining more prominence in every field, it's no surprise there are more and more all-female jazz groups popping up. This particular octet, led by pianist Ellen Rowe, takes that a step farther with a CD that delves into women's history. They have recorded a set of Rowe compositions that honor ...

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Momentum: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by John Sharpe

Three Norwegian musicians unite as Momentum to explore the junction of minimalism and improv. Forming the sides of an equilateral triangle are reedman Jørgen Mathisen (who can be heard with bassist Per Zanussi's 5 and power trio Krokofant), bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen (part of drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit) and drummer Andreas Wildhagen (heard to excellent ...

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Shirantha Beddage: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The fact that Momentum is only Shirantha Beddage's third album as a leader since 2007 suggests that he's either putting a lot of thought into his music, or that he has a lot of other stuff going on. One thing he has going on is composing music for the FX television series Fargo. Still, it's kind ...

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Shirantha Beddage: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

The baritone sax is an underutilized part of the jazz arsenal, at least as a lead, soloist instrument. Its deep sonority tends to tilt its use either toward ensemble settings or the cooler styles of soloist work, following the trajectory of Gerry Mulligan's early innovations on the instrument. With Momentum, Canadian composer and multi-instrumentalist Shirantha Beddage ...

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Noah Haidu: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

A quick glance at the monochrome photo that adorns the cover of Momentum could lead to the impression that the pianist is George Gershwin. It isn't, of course, it's Noah Haidu and this is his second album as leader. Any similarities between Haidu and Gershwin end with the shadowy cover shot--Haidu most definitely looks to more ...

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Bill Gerhardt: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by George Kanzler

It takes uncommon knowledge of jazz history to begin a solo piano album with a dedication to Herbie Nichols. “One for Herbie" is only one of the delightful surprises from pianist Bill Gerhardt on this winning solo recital, sumptuously recorded on a 10-foot Fazioli grand piano at the SteepleChase studios in Europe. Based in Asheville, North ...

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Myron Walden: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes a break can be the best thing a musician can take. Not getting tired by any means, if a four-year sabbatical from recording as a leader results in as strong a comeback as reedman Myron Walden's, perhaps artists should take breaks more often. A charter member of drummer Brian Blade's Fellowship Band, Walden is back ...

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Dave Burrell: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Artista quanto mai schivo, Dave Burrell resta per molti il pianista di Archie Shepp nella stagione parigina del free, documentata dai dischi Byg Actuel. Successivamente lavorò con Beaver Harris e poi ancora, a lungo, con David Murray. Dopo anni d'attività didattica alla Pennsylvania University, Dave Burrell è tornato in scena a capo di un sestetto alla fine degli anni ...

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Dave Burrell: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A traditionalist with respect for the avant-garde, or an avant-garde acolyte with respect for tradition? Dave Burrell would appear to have a foot in both camps. On Momentum the pianist is supported and augmented by the outstanding new rhythm section of bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Guillermo E. Brown. The music manages to be quirky yet ...

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Dave Burrell: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Troy Collins

For the first time in almost thirty years, pianist Dave Burrell returned to the studio to record as a leader with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille on 2004's Expansion (High Two). Momentum features Burrell recording for the first time with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Guillermo E. Brown, continuing to explore the classic piano trio format. ...