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John Hollenbeck: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'aspetto di A Blessing che più colpisce al primo ascolto è il lungo snodarsi delle linee melodiche, lontano dalla stringatezza percussiva tipica del jazz per big band. I suoi temi avvolgono ipnotici, quasi minimalisti, costruiti su cellule che sviluppano lente e inesorabili, affidate a insiemi strumentali tipici della scrittura di Gil Evans e altri arrangiatori bianchi ...

A Blessing

Label: OmniTone
Released: 2005
Track listing: A Blessing; Folkmoot; Ram; Weiji; Abstinence; April in Reggae; The Music of Life

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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I heard the news today oh boy, four thousand holes in the jazz canon. And though the holes were rather small, they had to count them all. Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Carnegie Hall. With apologies to Lennon/McCartney (and the Michael Jackson corporation that owns the music), John ...

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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by John Kelman

One clear benefit of the global community we live in, with its inherently broad reach, is that many artists have developed into stylistic integrators. On a smaller scale, even people who live within the boundaries of the United States can experience greater artistic diversity than ever before. Only a century ago, people living in small rural ...

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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The opening title tune on the John Hollenbeck Larger Ensemble's A Blessing brings Maria Schneider's masterpiece Concert in the Garden to mind, with its fluid momentum and swirling harmonies. The sixteen-minute song, as well as the rest of the tunes on the disc, are Hollenbeck originals; and while the Schneider influence is apparent--both Schneider and Hollenbeck ...

John Hollenbeck: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by David Adler

John Hollenbeck has made several small-group recordings, but a large ensemble suits his advanced compositional voice especially well. With A Blessing, he documents the inspired large-group work he has showcased live over the last three or so years (most recently at the Jazz Standard CD release gig on January 25th). The drummer/bandleader's music is a bit ...

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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by Paul Olson

Jazz and contemporary composition, playfulness and prayer, intensity and sweetness: in the musical world of composer/percussionist John Hollenbeck and on the brand new CD by his Large Ensemble, A Blessing, all these elements mingle. Fans of Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet or any of his other groups (Quartet Lucy, Bleckmann/Hollenbeck Duo) will be prepared for just how well ...


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