Content by tag "Rob Reddy"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Reddy: Citizen Quintet

Read "Citizen Quintet" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Allievo di Ken McIntyre e Dave Liebman, attivo sulla scena jazzistica alla testa di propri gruppi a partire dalla fine degli anni Ottanta, e in parallelo in seno a formazioni dirette da Reggie Workman e Ronald Shannon Jackson, il sopranista Rob Reddy ha maturato nel corso degli anni una visione alquanto personale del fare jazz, come ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2015

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2015 was an eventful year for jazz and creative improvised music. A decade and a half into the new century found rising young artists revisiting, reevaluating and reinterpreting standards from the jazz canon in surprisingly creative ways. Many of the albums listed below are conceptual efforts dedicated to the advancements of revered masters, ranging from pre-war ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Reddy: Bechet: Our Contemporary

Read "Bechet: Our Contemporary" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Omaggiando Bechet ma attraverso una lente in più frangenti memore della lezione mingusiana, oltre che attenta a esperienze decisamente più contemporanee, attorniato da un organico di primo piano, il quarantanovenne sopranista, compositore (suo metà del materiale tematico del disco) e arrangiatore (tutto il resto, ovviamente griffato Bechet) newyorchese Rob Reddy firma un lavoro capace di emanciparsi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Reddy: Bechet: Our Contemporary

Read "Bechet: Our Contemporary" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Prominent New York City progressive saxophonist and composer, Rob Reddy contemporizes innovative soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet's artistic persona with his large ensemble, featuring several longtime associates, violinist Charles Burnham, bassist Dom Richards and drummer Pheeroan Aklaff. Reddy doesn't simply restate the past, but more importantly intertwines the trad jazz component with a scintillating and upbeat commingling ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Reddy: Bechet: Our Contemporary

Read "Bechet: Our Contemporary" reviewed by Troy Collins

With so much history to explore, tribute albums to jazz greats have become an established custom, regularly issued by artists of varying experience, from neophytes to masters. The most efficacious of these homages provide a fresh perspective on longstanding traditions, tracing the lineage of current concepts to past advances. A salient example of this phenomenon is ...

Ode to Jef Lee Johnson: The Promise of Lovolution

Read "Ode to Jef Lee Johnson:  The Promise of Lovolution" reviewed by Charles Blass

“When the music's happening, life is happening.... Why must we only join hands after the storm?... How true are you? Nothing else even matters." --Jef Lee Johnson

Jef Lee Johnson, prolific, virtuosic, humble, was in some ways not made for this world. “I'm over the world," he sang. He was certainly made for music though.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jef Lee Johnson: It's Been So Long Since I've Seen with My Eyes

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[ Editor's Note: This 2002 article was republished in memory of Jef Lee Johnson who died at age 54 on January 28, 2013. ]

Jef Lee Johnson is a true American original and a true American gift to the musical world. Guys like Jef are the embodiment of every reason to use the phrase, “He's ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Rob Reddy's Gift Horse to Perform at NYC's Tribeca Performing Arts Center November 28th-29th

Rob Reddy's Gift Horse to Perform at NYC's Tribeca Performing Arts Center November 28th-29th

On Wednesday, November 28th and Thursday, November 29th at 8:00 p.m., Brooklyn- based saxophonist/composer Rob Reddy will return to the Tribeca Performing Arts Center to present the world premiere of a new book of music for his sextet, Rob Reddy's Gift Horse, commissioned by Chamber Music America. The group, which recorded last year's A Hundred Jumping Devils ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Reddy's Small Town: The Book of the Storm

Read "The Book of the Storm" reviewed by Donald Elfman

This “Small Town --Reddy's large ensemble--has created a massive statement that shows just where jazz composition, new music, collective improvisation and individual expression meet. The leader, though a vital and engaging instrumentalist, envisioned this four-part suite as a situation where he would not play his saxophones. What took shape, instead, was a huge structure that revolved ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Reddy's Small Town: The Book of the Storm

Read "The Book of the Storm" reviewed by Nic Jones

This is a break with precedent for saxophonist and composer Reddy, as it's the first time he's recorded an extended composition for a large ensemble of which he's not a performing member. His role here is that of both composer and conductor, and he's fortunate indeed to have a group so clearly capable of making his ...