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Major Music Programming at 2010 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival Includes Special Performance by Pianist Vijay Iyer

The 2010 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival will feature its first large-scale music programming this year with three major musical presentations. Jazz composer and pianist Vijay Iyer whose acclaimed album Historicity topped 2009 critics' lists, will offer a special performance at Eastern State Penitentiary on Saturday, September 11 where he will play within the art installation Release, ...

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Dave Brubeck Quartet: The Crossing

Read "The Crossing" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Dave Brubeck's newest album is titled The Crossing. Whether there is some deep allegorical meaning here is unclear. God knows, at this stage of this man's career he needs neither metaphors nor affirmation. Having performed in each of the last seven decades, Brubeck has passed the greatest and sternest test of all, time. He's here with ...

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Tam White & Brian Kellock: The Crossing

Read "The Crossing" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Scottish-based Caber Music assumes that the listener will somehow divine who is singing and who is the pianist on this two-performer session. Nowhere in the liner notes is this rather basic information revealed. Fortunately their web site tells us it's Tam White who's singing and Brian Kellock on piano.

Jazz blues singer White has been part ...

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Tom Taylor: The Crossing

Read "The Crossing" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Summit Records recently re-released Tom Taylor's 1986 CD The Crossing, a sophisticated fusion effort that should please fans of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Jean Luc Ponty and the Pat Metheny Group.

Taylor is a guitarist and composer who blends classical styles with jazz and hints of bluegrass. Many similar attempts at fusing jazz with ...

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Tom Taylor: The Crossing

Read "The Crossing" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Asked what kind of music he writes, composer / guitarist Taylor replies, “Tom Taylor music.” He does have a keen ear for a charming melody, that’s for sure. Jazz, strictly speaking, it ain’t (although some parts might qualify); interesting, it definitely is. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Taylor’s eccentric compositions, which blend elements of Jazz, rock, ...

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Tom Taylor: The Crossing

Read "The Crossing" reviewed by David Adler

“Aubade," the first track on this disc, won guitarist/composer Tom Taylor the Musician magazine “best unsigned band" contest in 1997. The tune does reveal the workings of an exceptional musical mind. Folky melodies bump up against harmonic and rhythmic concepts borrowed from classical and jazz fusion. Taylor’s multi-tracked acoustic and electric guitars mesh with David Grisman’s ...

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Tom Taylor: The Crossing

Read "The Crossing" reviewed by Jim Santella

Remember the impact Mason Williams’ instrumental hit “Classical Gas" had on 1960s audiences? Elegant, early classical timbres mixed with the rock generation’s beat, and produced something we all appreciated. Tom Taylor’s tone poems come out of a 17th-century baroque style, but with electric bass, a drummer, guitars, and a natural sound from vibraharp. Without the motor, ...

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Tom Taylor: The Crossing

Read "The Crossing" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Not often will you hear successful renderings of music from artists who pursue extremely complex time signatures, rapid thematic development and fierce well-stated soloing while melding disparate musical elements. Well folks sometimes it takes someone who possesses a fresh attitude or has been a keen student or observer to rise from beneath the shadows of anonymity.... ...