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Daan Kleijn: Passages

Read "Passages" reviewed by Don Phipps

On his album Passages, Netherlands guitarist Daan Kleijn and his cohorts -Tobia Nijboer on bass and Joost Van Schaik on drums -provide a solid and tasteful mix of originals and standards. The entire affair is sunny and impressionistic. Like a day at the park, the musical settings move from tree-lined paths and forest streams to walkways ...

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Scott Burns: Passages

Read "Passages" reviewed by Alex Marianyi

Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Scott Burns has said that he practices each exercise, pattern, or whatever else he may be working on until he gets it perfect. Five times in a row. The results of this type of practicing couldn't be any more obvious than on Passages, release by Origin in 2006. Through this rigorous study, Burns ...

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Joe LoPiccolo: Passages

Read "Passages" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

In his promotional notes, guitarist Joe LoPiccolo advises that the twelve original compositions in this album are “reflective of many musical influences including African, Brazilian, Classical, Eastern European, Indian and Jazz genres." After listening to Passages, I would agree that most of those elements are present in his playing, but there is very little to call ...

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Steve Wilson: Passages

Read "Passages" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Among some talented peers that would have to include Kenny Garrett and Jon Gordon, Steve Wilson is arguably one of the best alto saxophonists on the scene today. But it goes beyond that, because he has also established a unique approach to the soprano saxophone as well as the flute. Following his four decidedly mainstream affairs ...

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Steve Wilson: Passages

Read "Passages" reviewed by David Adler

Steve Wilson's second Stretch release is a triumph. It's more focused than 1998's Generations in that Wilson employs his regular working band this time around: pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Ed Howard, drummer Adam Cruz, and guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton. All the music is, in a word, alive. There are nine Wilson originals, one by Barth ("The ...

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Continuum: Passages

Read "Passages" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Los Angeles, California-based jazz-rockers “Continuum” display maturity, enviable chops and cohesive interplay on their 3rd and latest recording, Passages. Comprised of top-notch session aces, this band injects the finer elements of fusion with traditional jazz etiquette and methodologies along with a sharp, rugged edge!

“Continuum” pursues contemporary musings with conviction and power while also integrating the ...

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Steve Wilson: Passages

Read "Passages" reviewed by Jim Santella

With a straight-ahead ensemble playing mostly his own compositions, Steve Wilson moves between straight-ahead jazz and the more involved modern mainstream in groups of two, three, four and five. There’s something special added to each arrangement to make it unique. On “Eye of the Beholder," for instance, Wilson weaves in and out of modal harmonic situations ...