Content by tag "Flow"

Generations Quartet: Oliver Lake/Joe Fonda/Michael Jefrys Stevens/Emil Gross: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As the name would imply, the Generations Quartet spans the ages of its personnel. An off-shoot (of sorts) from the Trio Generations group, it's a semantic difference as saxophone legend Oliver Lake was a guest in the lineup that performed in 2015. From that same tour, we get Flow, a festive exercise of freedom and comradery ...

Michael Jefry Stevens: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens has been involved in many projects in his career over the past forty years. The Generations Quartet started out as a trio six years ago, consisting of Stevens with his long-time musical partner, bassist Joe Fonda and newcomer, drummer Emil Gross. The trio became a quartet with the addition of saxophonist (and ...

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Ari Erev: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Flow is the third recording as leader from prominent Israeli pianist Ari Erev and follows the themes of “time" and “change" that titled his previous albums. On this endeavor, Erev designs a project that reflects his affinity for the percussive Latin sound by including a touch of Afro-Cuban rhythms as one of the elements in a ...

Drifter: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Drifter started life as the Alexi Tuomarila Quartet, a band that was beginning to develop a reputation on the European jazz scene with its second album, 02 (Warner Jazz, 2003). Unfortunately, the label's parent company dropped its jazz list, leaving the quartet without a contract shortly after the album's release. Tuomarila carried on--releasing a trio album, ...

Deep Tone Project: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Flow might just be the perfect record for late-night, candle light-and-wine listening with that special someone. As the music comes out of the speakers, it floats and softly envelops the room in deep violet, making time stop for the duration.

If the group can be said have a leader, electric bassist Konstantin Ionenko would ...

Deep Tone Project: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the recent headlines there is a cultural history in Ukraine that has influenced much of Europe and Western Asia since the middle ages. Under the Soviet regime, much of the country's classical and religious music was banned while the region's folkloric music not only thrived but, after Ukrainian independence, remained a defensive mechanism to counter ...

Terence Blanchard: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by John Kelman

While some bemoan the fact that there have been no “major" developments in jazz in some time--and go so far as to cite that as proof jazz is dead or, at the very least, dying--they're missing the point. With the seemingly infinite number of sources that are being adopted and adapted into jazz contexts these days, ...

Terence Blanchard: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Flow may be Terence Blanchard's most adventurous recording to date, and that's saying a lot for the prolific trumpeter, composer, and bandleader whose career has covered membership with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, producing top jazz recordings, and scoring music for many films. Though he's been highly successful, the inner fire of discovery still burns brightly on ...

Terence Blanchard: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Paul Olson

Flow is trumpeter Terence Blanchard's first album since Bounce (2003), and it features most of the same players from that album: Brice Winston on tenor and soprano sax, Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals, and Aaron Parks on piano. This recording includes drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Derrick Hodge, two new additions to the sextet--and what ...

Foetus: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When it comes to expressing certain moods, electronic music can be particularly apt. On Flow, Foetus presents themes of loneliness, anger, betrayal, desperation, and hunger. Predictably, the music overflows with square waves--harsh, crunchy vocals; distorted guitar riffs; and relentless pounding drums. But Flow also offers plenty of surprises as well. The tunes on this disc alternate ...


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