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Brian McCarthy: The Better Angels of Our Nature

Read "The Better Angels of Our Nature" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sassofonista e arrangiatore, insegnante all'Università del Vermont, Brian McCarthy è anche un appassionato di storia e ha pensato di realizzare un concept album ispirato alla guerra civile americana, presentando due suoi brani e sette temi dell'epoca arrangiati per medio organico.

In questo nonet troviamo veterani come il trombettista Bill Mobley (già con Harold ...

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Daniel Smith: Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues

Read "Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

It is rare that a jazz album comes with laugh out loud moments but bassoonist Daniel Smith's Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues is full of them. Unfortunately these do not appear to be intentional humorous attempts merely risibly poor performances.

This is a shame as Smith is both an accomplished musician and a jazz connoisseur ...

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Daniel Smith: Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues

Read "Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers

All those who can resist reviewing--or reading a review about--a jazz / blues quartet led by a bassoonist, please raise your hands. No one? Very well, then, let us proceed. The bassoonist in question is Daniel Smith, and while his name may be unassuming, it would be good to report that there is nothing ordinary about ...

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Jazz At NEC: September and October Highlights

Jazz At NEC: September and October Highlights

Wednesday, September 19, 1:30 p.m.: Fred Hersch Master Class, Brown Hall On tour to promote his latest two-disc album Alive at the Vanguard, NEC faculty member and alum Fred Hersch will present a master class with his working trio, featuring bassist Drew Gress and drummer Eric McPherson. Thursday, September 27, 1:00 p.m., Jason Moran and Dave Holland Master ...

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New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

Read "Breaking News" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il saxofonista americano Daniel Ian Smith ha fondato il New World Jazz Composers Octet nel 2000, come veicolo per organizzare le energie dei talenti che con lui studiavano alla Berklee School of Music. La musica che questo ottetto ci propone è molto ben strutturata e parte sempre da composizioni rifinite che lasciano poco spazio all'improvvisazione o per meglio ...

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New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

Read "Breaking News" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Eight players does not a big band make, but The New World Jazz Composers Octet is a light ensemble offering an assertive sound reminiscent of a big band production. Boasting a cadre of educators and first-rate musicians, the group manages powerful orchestrations employing an exciting horn section, lively percussion and blistering piano work from Tim Ray ...

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New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

Read "Breaking News" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Established in 2000, in the spirit of the Mingus Jazz Workshop, the New World Jazz Composer's Octet sounds more like an orchestra than a group of eight musicians. On its third release, Breaking News, the octet showcases six contemporary composers affiliated with the ensemble.

The music is intricate and well-constructed, with hints of ...

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New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

Read "Breaking News" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

The New World Jazz Composers Octet thrives on the old school idea of jazz composition as conduit to great jazz performance, and its third album, Breaking News, puts theory to practice from the outset with Matthew Nicholl's “Poco Picasso." The jutting melodic angles and tightly orchestrated front line arrest on their own merits, while also spurring ...

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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 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

arsenalARTS Berklee Jazz Announces Fall 2010 Concerts

arsenalARTS Berklee Jazz Announces Fall 2010 Concerts

The NWJCO Daniel Ian Smith (leader/saxophones/flutes), Dino Govoni(saxophones/flute), Ken Cervenka (trumpet/flugelhorn), Walter Platt (trumpet/flugelhorn), Tim Ray (piano), Keala Kaumeheiwa (acoustic bass), Steve Langone (drums and cymbals) and Ernesto Diaz (percussion) was organized over 11 years ago by Daniel Ian Smith as an aggregation dedicated to the performance of new music. The group garnered considerable attention after ...