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Jimmy Amadie: Kindred Spirits

Read "Kindred Spirits" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dalla vita di Amadie si potrebbe trarre un soggetto cinematografico. Nato a Filadelfia 73 anni fa, è stato in gioventù un buon atleta di football e un promettente pianista. Conclusi gli studi di pianoforte al conservatorio ha iniziato a lavorare con jazzmen di primo piano (Woody Herman, Mel Tormé, Red Rodney, Coleman Hawkins) dimostrando ottime doti d'improvvisatore, con un ...

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Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: Kindred Spirits

Read "Kindred Spirits" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

The liner notes tout this band as “a veritable who's who among the Los Angeles area's most accomplished studio and big-band artists." That's quite true, which is precisely why Kindred Spirits falls a bit flat. It shares much of its personnel with most every other white big band project in Southern California, which makes it essentially ...

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Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: Kindred Spirits

Read "Kindred Spirits" reviewed by Jim Santella

With special guests Bill Watrous and Pete Christlieb on board, this big band session really smokes. Gary Urwin's third CD recording puts both guests in the spotlight alongside the band's capable roster of Los Angeles all-stars.

The frequent musical conversations between Watrous and Christlieb (trading fours) gives Kindred Spirits a beautiful luster. Their sleek, ...

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The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: Kindred Spirits

Read "Kindred Spirits" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When I'm listening to a big band album for the first time, the “grin factor usually comes into play. The wider the smile, the greater the excitement and pleasure. As Gary Urwin's smoking arrangement of Lester Young's “Lester Leaps In sprang through the headphones, I was grinning from ear to ear, and the smile seldom slackened ...

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Avram Fefer and Bobby Few: Kindred Spirits

Read "Kindred Spirits" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Multiple reedist Avram Fefer and pianist Bobby Few team up here to play some jazz standards by Monk, Ellington, and Mingus--not what you'd expect from a pair of artists better known for their free jazz credentials. Few played for ten years with Steve Lacy, and Fefer put out several fine sets on the CIMP label; they ...

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Avram Fefer and Bobby Few: Kindred Spirits

Read "Kindred Spirits" reviewed by Chad Kushins

Sometimes lightning strikes twice. As proof, legendary expatriate Bobby Few has teamed with fellow sound explorer Avram Fefer for two fresh releases of very different character, and with near-perfect results.

On the aptly-titled Kindred Spirits, Few and Fefer offer a slower, more blues-laden repertoire than the more free jazz-oriented Heavenly Places. But don't let this accessibility ...

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Paul VornHagen: Kindred Spirits

Read "Kindred Spirits" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The opener on multiple-reedman/vocalist Paul VornHagen's Kindred Spirits, “Namely You," kicks the set off on a relaxed straight-ahead vibe, with the leader blowing a robust tenor sax lead. The sound feels loose, like Ben Webster—Ellington's most famous tenor saxophonist—playing out in front of a bunch of top-notch accompanists. Cal Tjader's “Mindanao," featuring VornHagen on flute, takes ...

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Stefon Harris & Jacky Terrasson: Kindred Spirits

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Collaboration means working together toward the same goal. Stefon Harris & Jacky Terrasson have a lot in common, and their collaboration seems quite natural. Vibraphone, piano, bass and drums leave a pleasant combination of timbres that is at once familiar and fresh. Responding to each other, the duo creates a fourhanded affair. Their partnership is particularly ...