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Content by tag "Dan McClenaghan"

Pete Malinverni: Heaven

Read "Heaven" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York City-based pianist Pete Malinverni is a spiritual man. It's a side of his musical personality that he explores with depth and clarity on Heaven, a mostly trio affair that puts his succinct feel for the sacred, his supple and exquisite touch and his improvisational elan in the forefront on a gorgeous set of music. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Janeway Trio featuring Frank Tate and Chuck Zeuren: Secret Passages

Read "Secret Passages" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York City jazz pianist David Janeway and his trio sound as if they're trying to be a force for good in the universe. Secret Passages rides a relentless traditional momentum, rolling along with a positive vibe under the influence of a big push on the refresh button. Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell operated this way, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Liebman/Murley Quartet: Live at U of T

Read "Live at U of T" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Veteran jazz-er Dave Liebman and Mike Murley blow their saxophones like kindred souls on Live at U of T. In front of an appreciative audience, fronting an inspired bass/drum team, and no guitar or keyboard in the mix--the music is a mixture of liquid freedom, low flame fire, and relative restraint (the “restraint" thing in consideration ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Fukushima

Read "Fukushima" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In 2011 an earthquake set into motion the events that would create partial meltdown of fuel rods in the reactors in nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Radiation was released. The effects are still felt, and will be for decades (at least)--an especially troubling situation for the only country to have experienced the initially catastrophic and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ilios Steryannis: Bethany Project

Read "Bethany Project" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based drummer Ilios Steryannis calls the sounds on his Bethany Project “World Music From the Heart."  Thes sound is a musical stew stirred up from Afro-Cuban rhythms, the Mediterranean sounds, John Coltrane, and ebullient West African percussions (and more), spiced with danceable funk and bebop, and drawing influences from, by turns, Gabriel Garcia Marquez' One Hundred ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Min Rager: Train Of Thought

Read "Train Of Thought" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Born in Seoul, the now-Montreal-based pianist Min Rager made the move to the west to attain a jazz education, landing at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she now teaches.

Rager has chosen the quartet--saxophone and rhythm--as her form of expression for her third CD release, Train Of Thought. It's all ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Allison Au: Forest Grove

Read "Forest Grove" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The best artists--writers, painters, musicians--create distinct  new worlds. Canada's Allison Au has done just that with her Juno-Award-winning  (2016, Jazz Album of the Year) recording,  Forest Grove. The music therein is Au's personal  vision transformed into a set of sounds with a continuity of purpose. A rarity for a young artist.

Au says she ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tim Stevens: I'll Tell You Later In December

Read "I'll Tell You Later In December" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pick your Christmas music, secular or sacred. The former probably gets more attention. “White Christmas," “Santa Claus is Coming to Town," “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," and, of course, Chuck Berry rock'n “Run Run Rudolph." Earth-bound seasonal sounds that bring out the holiday spirit.

But sometimes it seems the more sacred side of that equation ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Billy Lester Trio: Italy 2016

Read "Italy 2016" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Piano trios jazz can charm or seduce, and occasionally mesmerize. In modern times, they can also rock the house, but they seldom jump out of the speakers at you with joy. The Billy Lester Trio,  Italy 2016, does just that. The initial impression of pianist Lester's influences--as the opener “An Evening With Friends" plays--is Bud Powell. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

William Evans/Donat Fisch/Banz Oester/Jorge Rossy/Andy Scherrer: Schlitten

Read "Schlitten" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Swiss CD release, Schlitten, tips a hat to the undersung record producer, Don Schlitten. The quintet doing the hat-tipping is mostly Swiss musicians. Drummer Jorge Rossy, formerly of the Brad Mehldau Trio, is Spanish-born.

Schlitten got his start working the music business with several of the small but prestigious record companies--Muse and Prestige, ...


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