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Marcus Shelby: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Considering ambition and musical vision, bassist/bandleader Marcus Shelby has a single peer: Wynton Marsalis. Both men have a healthy reverence for the past and big imaginations for large-scale works. Shelby is struck by history, much of which he incorporates into this larger works like Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2011) ...

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John Lamkin: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Dr. John R. Lamkin, II has dedicated much of his career to bringing music to students and the community while recording little, so his many Mid-Atlantic fans will welcome Transitions, his first release in decades. His only prior album was Hot (Self-Produced, 1984), where the trumpeter wrote all but one composition. As Director of Bands and ...

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Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although it is not alluded to anywhere, the centerpiece of San Francisco-based composer / bassist Marcus Shelby's latest big-band album, Transitions, is the evocative four-movement suite “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues," which pays tribute to the all-black enterprises whose shining stars were barred from displaying their talents in the major baseball leagues until ...

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Julian Costello: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Julian Costello has been around the UK jazz scene for a while, but for some years he decided to give up the world of the gigging musician and take up a teaching career. In recent years he's been gigging again and he now leads his quartet on Transitions, a collection of his original compositions recorded ...

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The New World Jazz Composers Octet: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Greg Simmons

The best of jazz generally ensures that there is a leader, a composition, or at least an agreed upon theme that holds the work together, and herein lies the conundrum of The New World Jazz Composers Octet's Transitions.

Musical egalitarianism is one of the hallmarks of jazz--the notion that everyone has an opportunity to make ...

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Joel Haynes Trio + Seamus Blake: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

How many hands does Joel Haynes have? If you answered (two) correctly, you may have serious doubts when you listen to Transitions (Cellar Live, 2008). Haynes appears to hear many different rhythms concurrently and uses every limb at his disposal to bring them to life. He is able to create an intense rattle at his snare, ...

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Maggie Nichols / Caroline Kraabel / Charlotte Hug: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by John Eyles

OK, quiz time: Can you name another all-female small improvising group. (Currently, I can't think of one. But I'm sure one of you will be able to.) Gender is a relevant issue here, because many of the qualities that make for successful improvisation are (stereo)typically female--behaving co-operatively rather than competitively, listening and responding sensitively to what ...

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Various: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Transitions works shades of breakbeat, 2-step, house and nu-jazz into an invigorating mesh of soulful flavors. With tracks selected by Ism label founders DJ Swingsett and J. Warrin, the compilation’s theme is based on mood and vibe rather than genre. London’s Mr.Magic takes 2-step to a more relaxed level with “A Deep Thang" and “O’Bleek Intelligence", ...