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Fabled: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Anyone who has ever pulled pints for a living probably has some stories to tell. Sam Rapley, the leader of Fabled, used to work behind the bar in Manchester's renowned Band On The Wall club. A favoured site during World War II, its jazz acts often played on during air raids. Legend has it that twenty-four ...

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Tony Moreno: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Manhattan-native drummer Tony Moreno was born into and for music, his mother, Nina Dunkel Moreno, a noted harpist, pianist and educator. Oh, and he received his first drum kit at ten-years old from... Elvin Jones who became his early mentor and teacher. Moreno has had a long and storied career, filled with memories and mementos, many ...

Bobby Selvaggio: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Like the Japanese calligraphy art know as ensō, the condensed and succinct introduction alto saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio delivers on the track “Price Of Being (Intro)" is a disciplined stroke, delivered with an ease and elegance that belies the character and control required for such a statement. He works his instrument through this exercise with such command ...

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Desmond White: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Size and substance are not reflective of one another. Some people mistakenly assume that grand-scale productions automatically deserve grand-scale receptions and small- scale artistry deserves to exist on the fringe. That makes about as much sense as holding a belief that novels, by their very nature, are of greater importance than short stories, but some people ...

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Mats Eilertsen: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Short Stories, with fourteen tracks totaling less than forty minutes, is a disc of all solos (except for the last track) that manages to be intense and calming at the same time. Most current jazz releases have an overriding theme, or at least an attitude--compositional or otherwise--that binds the tracks together. That the motives of bassist ...

Evan Parker / September Winds: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

For British saxophonist Evan Parker, as well as for the horn quintet September Winds, Short Stories is an unexpected record. Parker has excelled in long-form explorations for decades and with September Winds he has focused on site-specific journeys. The band plays in museums, industrial buildings, exposition halls and even a thermal bath in Switzerland. Their first ...

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Michael Jefry Stevens & Mark Whitecage: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Many of the tracks on Short Stories start in a tone of regretful tenderness befitting the title of the first track, “Bittersweet." But there is a piquancy to the playing of both members of this duo, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and multi-talented reedman (alto & soprano sax, plus alto clarinet) Mark Whitecage, that makes this more ...