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Live From New York: Terry Riley, Gyan Riley, Oliver Lake, Amir ElSaffar & Tommy Castro

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Terry Riley & Gyan Riley
(le) Poisson Rouge
April 3, 2019

Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley enjoy an ongoing duo performance situation, in a forum where the elder composer places the emphasis on spontaneous improvisation, impromptu sonic texturing and intimate musical dialogue. Catching him in this setting, it's ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mike Lee has a Song for All of Us

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Mike Lee's compositions draw from an eclectic mixture of inspirations and yet are still rooted in the Jazz tradition. This can easily be felt on his latest album, Song for All of Us. The album features Mike Lee on tenor saxophone; Lenny White on drums; Ed Howard on bass; George Colligan on piano; Dave Stryker on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival 2018

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23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ted Chubb: Gratified Never Satisfied

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Trumpeter Ted Chubb offers a well-balanced album of four originals and four thoughtfully-arranged covers on Gratified Never Satisfied, his third record as a leader. With solid, in-the-pocket musicianship and strong chemistry among his bandmates, it's an enjoyable outing likely to generate some buzz for this up-and-coming jazzman.

Chubb is a disciplined, meticulous soloist, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri Tuba Project featuring Billy Hart at Cornelia St. Café

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Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri Tuba Project featuring Billy Hart
Cornelia St. Café
Greenwich Village, NY
February 13, 2016

Violist Mat Maneri and pianist Lucian Ban, whose Transylvanian Concert (released 2013 on ECM) gave listeners access to some of the most forward-thinking chamber jazz in recent memory, teamed up with drummer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oscar Perez: Prepare A Place For Me

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The heart of this album is found in pianist/composer Oscar Perez's trio with bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Alvester Garnett. Their four tracks showcase the cohesive sound they have developed together, Perez's elegant pianism matched by his empathetic partners. It's a modern piano trio, with a conversational style and all members contributing. There's enough ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Sun and Stars at Montclair Jazz Festival

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At the 2015 Montclair Jazz Festival, the sun broiled and the stars sparkled over some 6,000 jazz fans, that number announced by emcee Gary Walker, a popular WBGO radio on-air personality. Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor S. Epatha Merkerson, best known for her 17 seasons as Lieutenant Van Buren on NBC's “Law and Order," was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oscar Perez: Prepare A Place For Me

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If Oscar Perez hadn't taken to the piano, he might've had a promising career in music journalism. In the concise and profound liner essay for this album, Perez intelligently considers the meaning of music, the struggles and joys connected to the art of creating and performing, and the way an individual's very being seeps into the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Turre: Spiritman

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Torna Steve Turre, il “suonatore di conchiglie," o -se preferite -il sideman di giganti come Ray Charles e Carlos Santana. Spiritman rappresenta un vero e proprio back to the roots, verso quella essenzialità swing che il trombonista sembrava aver messo da parte da tempo in favore di percorsi più concettuali e, in parte, segnati anche dall'utilizzo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Turre: Spiritman

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There seems to be two schools among the current generation of jazz trombonists. On the one hand you have those who favor the lush and melodic voices of Frank Rosolino, Lawrence Brown, Carl Fontana, and those of a similar ilk. By contrast are the bop inflected approaches of J.J. Johnson and Curtis Fuller. Turre has gone ...