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Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Netherlands's Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, which started life in 1996 as the New Concert Big Band, a successor to such leading lights as Count Basie and Woody Herman, has evolved since then into an up-to-date ensemble that more closely resembles New York's Vanguard Jazz Orchestra or composer Bill Holman's legendary West Coast rehearsal band. ...


Peter Sommer: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Per l´esordio da leader il sassofonista tenore Peter Sommer non ha scelto la strada più facile, andando a chiamare a completare il gruppo il collega Rich Perry, a lungo nella big band di Tad Jones/Mel Lewis ed in quella di Maria Schmeider. Un incontro quello dei due sassofoni tenori, che ha illustri precedenti nel passato e ...


Ian Dogole and Hemispheres: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Ian Dogole is a percussionist of considerable skill, character, invention and individuality. This ensemble that he has put together--Hemispheres--might otherwise be passed over as just another world fusion group. It is also graced by multi-reed artist Paul McCandless, who just happens to be co-founder of the legendary band, Oregon. The uniqueness of Crossroads is further evidence ...


Peter Sommer: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

It takes self-confidence and talent for a new musician to lock horns with a more experienced practitioner of the same instrument, and tenor saxophonist Peter Sommer has plenty of both. His only other recording was a collaborative effort with pianist Art Lande, and this second recording is his first as a leader. On ...


Peter Sommer: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Tenor saxophonist Peter Sommer is at the Crossroads with Rich Perry (tenor saxophone), Eric Gunnison (piano), Ken Walker (bass) and Todd Reid (drums), as they parlay a selection of standards and originals into an interesting journey through focus and commitment. Sommer is not apprehensive in reshaping a standard and taking it in ...


Tim Coffman: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Crossroads gives hope for the future of the jazz mainstream and ultimately for our society itself. If that statement seems like a grand overstatement, then you are in for a thrill when you hear how the straightforward, exciting and joyous way that Coffman and his band play his compositions and arrangements. Maintaining an ...


Tim Coffman: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by George Harris

Tim Coffman's sophomore release provides a fine exhibition of how lyrical and soothing a trombone can actually be. Basing his music firmly in the hard bop of the early '60s Jazz Messengers, Coffman and his sextet crisply glide and breeze through a set of hard-driving jazz compositions. On Wayne Shorter's “Yes or No," and Coffman's title ...


Tim Coffman: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Add another promising trombonist to keep your eyes on! With his debut album, the Chicago-based Tim Coffman shows a keen sense of melody, arranging skills, and a style that is inspired by J.J. Johnson. Coffman's credentials indicate that he worked with David Baker and the Jamey Aebersold jazz education camps, as well as studio and show ...


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