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Nobuki Takamen: Live at the Iridium

Read "Live at the Iridium" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Born in Hiroshima, Japan, guitarist Nobuki Takamen resides in New York City where he remains active in the local jazz scene amid gigs at major out-of-state festivals. Recorded at New York City's Iridium jazz venue, the guitarist steers his quartet through a progression of lyrically resplendent bop and swing works, complemented by interweaving plots and brief ...

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Monty Alexander: Live at the Iridium

Read "Live at the Iridium" reviewed by Samuel Chell

Take equal parts of Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, and Gene Harris, add a jigger of Jamaican rum, steep the mix in the spirits of Louis, Nat, and the Count--and you've got a master musician, not to mention a superior piano album and an inspired live recording session that is already looking like one of the outstanding ...

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Monty Alexander: Live at the Iridium

Read "Live at the Iridium" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It's always good to open a concert with something familiar--especially when said opening is an extended play offering that allows the performers plenty of opportunity to stretch out. That's how Monty Alexander and his sidemen approached “The Work Song"? on Live at the Iridium.

Comprised of some of Alexander's finest compositions and a few ...

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Monty Alexander: Live at the Iridium

Read "Live at the Iridium" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Celebrating almost fifty years of professional music, Live at the Iridium is a fitting testament to the unique passion and tremendous talent of master improviser Monty Alexander.

Alexander began his career as a youth in Jamaica, where he first encountered jazz through live concerts performed by such iconic figures as Louis Armstrong. This ...

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Monty Alexander: Live at the Iridium

Read "Live at the Iridium" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Monty Alexander belongs to the same piano tradition as Gene Harris and Junior Mance. All have a firm command of the blues that can effectively be translated into the ballad realm. Monty Alexander has been cultivating this style and approach for thirty years, with fresh evidence on his new live recording. Alexander's affiliation with the two-fisted ...

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Harry Edison & The Golden Horns: Live At The Iridium

Read "Live At The Iridium" reviewed by John Sharpe

Live At The Iridium proves once again that if musicians can avoid/survive such occupational hazards as drugs, booze and jealous spouses, they can create great jazz for a lifetime. Recorded in 1997, Live At The Iridium features Harry “Sweets” Edison (81), Clark Terry (76), Frank Wess (75) and Junior Mance (68). While the participants may lack ...