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Pavel Wlosok

Czech born American pianist, composer, arranger, educator, music engineer, producer, and photographer Pavel Wlosok (*1973) started to play the piano when he was five years old. He received his classical education in piano performance and composition at the Janacek Conservatory of Music in OSTRAVA (1987 - 1993) in the classes of Mr. Zdenek Pecek and Mr. Igor Katajev, and at the Janacek Academy of Music (JAMU) in BRNO (1993 - 1995) in the class of Prof. Arnost Parsch (both Czech Republic). He obtained his bachelor and master degrees in jazz studies graduating cum laude at the University of North Texas (UNT) in DENTON, TX (1995 - 2000), where he studied composition with Prof

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The 14 Jazz Orchestra: The Future Ain't What It Used to Be

Read "The Future Ain't What It Used to Be" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Future Ain't What It Used to Be, the second album by South Florida's impressive The 14 Jazz Orchestra, is by and large like its precursor: swinging, straight-down-the-fairway big-band jazz underlined by leader Dan Bonsanti's admirable charts. As before, each of the songs was written by a blue-chip composer, from Chick Corea and Antonio Carlos Jobim ...

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The South Florida Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming

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When a big band devotes an entire album to the compositions and arrangements of one musician, the obvious opening question is: why? In other words, who is Gary Lindsay and why is the South Florida Jazz Orchestra performing his music? In brief, the answer is that Lindsay, an alto saxophonist and well-respected educator, has written and ...

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Phil Parisot: Lingo

Read "Lingo" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Seattle based drummer/ composer Phil Parisot has straddled several 20th century musical traditions in his career as a sideman, and member of the eclectic big band, Big Neighborhood. His understanding of funk, Afro-Cuban, rock and symphonic music has influenced his approach as a composer, and more so as a drummer on numerous projects in recent memory. ...

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University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band: Open Window / Flying Colors

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Here are two recent studio recordings by the well-disciplined University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band under director Arthur White, the first (Open Window) from 2014, the second (Flying Colors) from 2016. Tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene and trumpeter Sean Jones are special guests on Window, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and trumpeter Randy Brecker on Colors.

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Joe Syrian's Motor City Jazz Octet: Sanctuary

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The Motor City Jazz Octet numbers in its ranks thirty or more of the Detroit metropolitan area's most accomplished musicians, eight of whom actually perform together at any given moment. Because of that, and some other quirks, the octet's debut album, Sanctuary, is in some respects a study in confusion. A press release accompanying the album, ...

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Moutin Factory Quintet: Lucky People

Read "Lucky People" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

I gemelli François e Louis Moutin dividono il tempo e le loro attività musicali tra la Francia e New York, dove François risiede. Dopo aver guidato per anni il Moutin Reunion Quartet con Rick Margitza e Pierre De Bethmann, nel 2013 hanno assemblato il Moutin Factory Quintet insieme al sassofonista Christophe Monniot, al chitarrista Manu Codjia ...

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Detroit Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI
August 30-September 2, 2013
You have read the news and heard the stories on radio and TV. Detroit is bankrupt and going into ruin. However, Gretchen Valade definitely doesn't appear to believe the hype, as she managed to fashion the Detroit Jazz Festival (DJF) into one of the largest, most star-studded ...

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Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds

Read "Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Mention the phrase “the Norwegian sound" and many listeners will get an image in their head. An image of a natural, deep echoing sound influenced by the mountains and hills of the Norwegian landscape. Such an image is, of course, a cliché, but to some critics it has stuck and distorted the rich fertility of the ...