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Mingus Big Band: Live at the Jazz Standard

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L'indispensabile repertorio mingusiano, com'è noto, vive soprattutto grazie agli sforzi della vedova Sue e a un paio di formazioni che ad esso si sono dedicate mani e piedi dopo la morte del grande bassista (nello specifico prima ancora compositore). La Mingus Big Band in particolare dà alle energetiche, vociferanti pagine mingusiane quell'atavico respiro orchestrale che di fatto l'autore ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel / Mick Goodrick: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by Jack Huntley

The worry, when two distinctive musicians play in a duo setting, is that one will display a heavy-handedness that brings down the combined feel. The urge to fill in the openness is ever-tempting. Luckily, both Wolfgang Muthspiel and Mick Goodrick are not only talented guitarists, but well-schooled in the art of supporting others musically, while maintaining ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel / Mick Goodrick: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Barron

Guitarists Wolfgang Muthspiel and Mick Goodrick are two like-minded explorers of fretboard possibilities. Goodrick, the elder, has been a renowned performer and educator for over forty years, working with the likes of Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette and Steve Swallow. Muthspiel, Goodrick's former student at Berklee College of Music has performed with Peter Erskine, Paul Motian and ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel / Mick Goodrick: Live at The Jazz Standard

Read "Live at The Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Kelman

Guitar duos can be a dangerous thing. With 12 strings and four hands, there's the potential for serious train wrecks; but if the two players are really listening, there's also potential for inspired greatness. Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie's two albums for ECM--Sargasso Sea (1976) and Five Years Later (1982)--exemplify how two can, indeed, conjoin for ...

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Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Fred Hersch has been known to push the envelope on many occasions--writing and performing music that has, time and again, crossed a myriad of boundaries of categories. And the pianist has done it again with Live at the Jazz Standard a record that happened thanks to the fact that the music of this concert was being ...

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Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This unique album stands in a class all by itself: an artful and artsy set of original compositions by pianist Fred Hersch evoking musical images of an America gone by, perhaps from the early 1900s to the 1950s, when life was more innocent than it is today. Distinctly jazz, it incorporates classical and other musical structures ...

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Roger Kellaway: Live at the Jazz Standard

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Strumentista completo, capace di unire virtuosismo e originalità di stile, Roger Kellaway resta uno dei massimi esponenti del pianismo mainstream, a dispetto della sua scarsa notorietà presso il pubblico. Dopo ottime performance negli anni sessanta s'è dedicato al lavoro di composizione per cinema e televisione con regolari, anche se sporadici, ritorni sulla scena jazzistica. L'ultimo è di qualche anno fa, ...

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Roger Kellaway: Live at The Jazz Standard

Read "Live at The Jazz Standard" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It's a bit out of the ordinary when a jazz trio does not include a piano. Perhaps it's even more unusual that an ensemble would be without drums. Yet that is the approach taken by pianist Roger Kellaway for the two-disc Live at The Jazz Standard.

Kellaway began playing piano at age seven. His ...

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Roger Kellaway: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist and composer Roger Kellaway exists in that critical interface between little-known but respected session musician and known but unjustly little-recognized master. His recent recordings for IPO--Heroes (2007) and I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook (2005)--were very well received and revealed a professional, journeyman persistence. Kellaway is a national treasure who ...

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Dave Douglas Quintet: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Kelman

Trumpeter Dave Douglas' a six-night run at New York's Jazz Standard in December, 2006, was relatively revolutionary in the jazz world. Every set, featuring his longstanding quintet, was recorded and made available the following morning in downloadable MP3 format. The twelve sets included nearly everything from The Infinite (RCA, 2002), Strange Liberation (RCA, 2003) and Meaning ...