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Chris Klaxton: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by James Nadal

With each release, the current crop of young lions demonstrate they have what it takes to come up with novel ideas, keeping the music renewed. Since his 2014 debut of “Starcode,"--a foray into cosmic jazz--trumpeter Chris Klaxton has remained perpetually engaged and appears not to slow down on Collage , a patchwork of progressive jazz injected ...

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Beat Kaestli: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Swiss singer/composer/producer Beat Kaestli has four recordings as a leader since 2002. All are intelligently focused. Reasons (B&B Productions, 2002), Happy, Sad, and Satisfied (B&B Productions, 2005), Far from Home: A Tribute of European Song (B&B Productions, 2009) and Invitation (Chesky, 2010). Far From Home and Invitation are the most sharply focused, the former addressing European ...

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Kurtis Adams: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Victor Verney

Saxophonist Kurtis Adams could scarcely have chosen a more apt title for this release, an eclectic-minded assemblage drawn from a wide variety of musical genres, including classical.

The opening “Blue Fox," has a distinctly West Coast “Cool School" feel, a style to which Adams has rendered homage elsewhere. Here, Adams gives a sense of what ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sassofonista tra i più promettenti dell’area mainstream statunitense, Mike Tucker vanta già significative collaborazioni sia nel campo della fusion (Yellow Jackets, George Duke) che sul versante più strettamente jazzistico (Joe Lovano, George Garzone). Oltre a riflettere gli stili praticati nella sua poliedrica attività di sideman, questa sua prima incisione da leader ha tutti i pregi ed i ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When Mike Tucker comes out swinging with “Fanfare, the expectations run high for Collage. Tucker does not disappoint in terms of the music, almost all of which he has composed, and also the playing of his tight and cohesive band. Tucker takes a variety of sounds and spins them into a convincing web. He plays with ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Tenor saxophonist/composer Mike Tucker catches attention on his debut, Collage. The Boston-based musician, age 26, established some good credentials through his participation in the 2002 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competetion and then in 2005 Nancy Jazz Festival in Lorraine, France in the company of first order jazzmen like Joe Lovano, Pat Martino, Michael Brecker and ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Jim Santella

New England tenor saxophonist Mike Tucker leads his quartet in a modern mainstream session of original compositions on Collage. “Bird Lives, a slow ballad by Billy Drewes, serves as the album's lone exception. Trumpeter Eric Bloom sits in on the opening “Fanfare, which sets the tone for the album with a modicum of excitement and plenty ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

There's always room on the jazz scene for young talent, even in the tried and true saxophone-plus-rhythm-section format. Tenor saxophonist Mike Tucker received a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2002; he was also chosen to compete in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition the same year. After three years-plus of formal ...

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Christine Jensen: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Steve Armour

Christine Jensen starts Collage with a blues in fancy wrapping: a funky Rhodes ostinato, a displaced, sliding tonal center, and a stutter-step orchestration. This rich writing asks and gets the most from Jensen's musicians on this, her debut recording.

Drummer Karl Jannuska and pianist Brad Turner chat it up throughout the album. Their open phrasing on ...