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MEM3: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The modernistic piano trio, MEM3, draws influences from the innovative e.s.t. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio) and the Bad Plus, as well as the legendary drummer Peter Erskine's trio recordings. Circles, MEM3's second outing, puts them in the league with those higher profile groups as they craft an understated and unfailingly lovely trio sound enhanced with subtle electronic ...

Benito Gonzalez: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Circles è il secondo album da leader per il pianista venezuelano Benito Gonzalez, dopo il debutto del 2004 dal titolo Starting Points e dopo una nutrita fetta di carriera caratterizzata da lavori in qualità di sideman. Per l'occasione Gonzalez si avvale della collaborazione di una ritmica spettacolare, composta da Christian McBride al basso e Jeff “Tain" Watts alla ...

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Larry Johnson: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Circles are infinitely symbolic in their geometric design and interpretation--no beginning and no end, directionally ambiguous, enclosing an extended infinite inner dimensional space. In Circles, his first CD as a leader, tenor saxophonist Larry Johnson steps up to deliver a dozen fine selections displaying that he's definitely no musical square. He sounds as if he knows ...

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Michael Hackett: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by Jim Santella

Michael Hackett's modern jazz sextet offers an exciting performance that sizzles with intensity. Several originals and a few standards provide plenty of room for the kind of ensemble interplay that brings out the best in each artist. The trumpeter's sextet drives with a fierce spirit; however, portions of the program result in stepping on each other's ...

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Michael Hackett: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This is a first album for trumpeter Michael Hackett, who brings big band experience from such organizations as the Toshiko Akioshi Jazz Orchestra, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and, currently, the Buselli/Wallrab Jazz Orchestra in Indianapolis. Hackett does indeed have a beautiful tone suggesting the clarion and lyrical tone of prime-time ...

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Michael Hackett: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The musicians with years of big band experience always seem to be able to put together sharp-sounding smaller ensembles. Trumpeter/flugelhornist Michael Hackett--who has appeared with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra, and is currently a member of the Buselli/Wallrab Jazz Orchestra--puts together a first rate sextet for his debut as leader, Circles, ...

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Paul Bley: Circles

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Paul Bley's 1970 Synthesizer Show and 1972's Paul Bley and Scorpio are reissued jointly as Circles. Except for “Mr. Joy" from Synthesizer Show, all of the songs from these unconventional albums are presented here, featuring Bley's electronic experiments of the day. While the first half of the compilation sounds slightly dated at times, even humorous to ...

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Jesse Van Ruller: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Alluding to funk, soul, as well as a number of modern jazz styles, guitarist Jesse Van Ruller’s quartet functions in a space of its own making that is outside of any familiar category. Both difficult to define and hugely enjoyable, the music features a few significant characteristics. Despite the presence of the leader’s electric guitar and ...

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Matthew Parrish: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Flood of superb Post Bop continues...

Lacking the angularity of the Classic Trio Meets Eric Alexander (Sharp Nine, 2002), Circles represents another important addition to the acoustic contemporary canon. Matthew Parrish is a young double-bassist who displays formidable chops in performance, arrangement, and composition. Circles is his debut recording and is impressive as a first ...