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Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

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Bassist Moppa Elliott is best known as the leader of the surrealistic jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, but his musical universe, encompassing work with symphony orchestras and new music ensembles, stretches much farther than that band's frantic music. This is reflected in this 2 CD set of Elliott leading three different types of ...

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Ron Stabinsky: Free for One

Read "Free for One" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The first thing to note about pianist Ron Stabinsky's debut recording Free For One is the quality of sound. The piano's lows are solid and centered, the mid-range clear and very fast while the highs sing. This is how piano should be recorded--not only is it a good test for the output end (speakers) of the ...

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Ron Stabinsky: Free for One

Read "Free for One" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Pianist Ron Stabinsky, officially became the fourth member of the Mostly Other People Do the Killing with Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup Records, 2015) after having performed with the group live in 2013 and on Blue their recreation of Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959) expertly restoring the Wynton Kelly/Bill Evans parts. The pianist has been ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Evans Quartet with Dave Liebman at Philadelphia Art Alliance

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Charles Evans Quartet with Dave Liebman
Philadelphia Art Alliance
Ars Nova Workshop
Philadelphia, PA
September 18, 2015

This concert by the Charles Evans Quartet can best be described as “jazz chamber music." The Quartet came together on the occasion of the release their second album, On Beauty (More is ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Avvistamenti coltraniani

Read "Avvistamenti coltraniani" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Se ci fosse bisogno di soppesare una volta di più quanto la memoria, le stimmate di John Coltrane siano ancora terribilmente di attualità ad ormai quasi mezzo secolo dalla sua comparsa, basterebbe mettere nel lettore questi cinque CD, incisi nel biennio che va dal giugno 2012 al giugno 2014 e messi sul mercato a seguire.

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Charles Evans: On Beauty

Read "On Beauty" reviewed by Budd Kopman

When “uncompromising" is used to describe a musician, one of the first word that usually comes to mind is “difficult," as in “difficult to understand." The musician in question puts out music which dispenses with that which the mind uses to recognize patterns: rhythm, harmony and melody. Furthermore, music which eschews euphony is invariably called “difficult." ...

Charles Evans: On Beauty

Read "On Beauty" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Baritone saxophonist Charles Evans composed these pieces for his one-time teacher, eminent saxophonist David Liebman who performs exclusively on soprano saxophone during this drummer-less quartet date. Thus, Evans is on the heels of his highly praised solo outings on More Is More Records, The King of All Instruments (2009) and Live at St. Stephens (2009).

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Seth Meicht and the Big Sound Ensemble: Live in Philadelphia

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Philly tenor saxophonist Seth Meicht has created a crack little big band which combines nifty arrangements and adventurous expression in his Big Sound Ensemble. Meicht has largely passed under the critical radar since Illumine (CIMP, 2006), surfacing only for the occasional high profile gig in NYC, including the 2009 Vision Festival. This recording in front of ...

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Charles Evans: Subliminal Leaps

Read "Subliminal Leaps" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Lavoro complesso dalle atmosfere quasi sinfoniche quello realizzato dal giovane baritonista e compositore Charles Evans, avvalendosi della collaborazione di valenti ed esperti musicisti tra i quali spicca Dave Liebman, che di Evans è stato anche maestro.

La presenza di Liebman era nella mente di Evans fin dalla scrittura del lavoro, che ha nel ...

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Charles Evans: Subliminal Leaps

Read "Subliminal Leaps" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

On his six release as a leader young baritone saxophonist Charles Evans chose to feature a chamber jazz quartet that is inspired by the innovations of contemporary music of the twentieth century. Evans wrote pieces specifically for veteran sax master Dave Liebman, playing only the soprano sax here, and his musical vision is realized with two ...