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Gabriel Guerrero: Feyas

Read "Feyas" reviewed by James Nadal

The mere mention of bop piano icon Bud Powell as an inspiration and major influence should be a justifiable motivation to pay attention to Gabriel Guerrero. The energetic pianist's Feyas displays a recognized reverence to Powell while also exhibiting self-assurance, technical expedience, and compositional proficiency.

Guerrero draws deep from the jazz piano idiom ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

Cinzia Spata: Into The Moment

Read "Into The Moment" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Although Italian singer/lyricist Cinzia Spata has been singing professionally for over 20 years, her discography is pretty sparse. Into The moment is only her third album, and appears six years after 93 03 (Azzurramusic, 2005). The wait's been worth it: the album is a stylish mix of American Songbook classics and lesser-known tunes from some of ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Allen Carter Big Band / Lucerne Jazz Orchestra / Joris Teepe Big Band

Read "Allen Carter Big Band / Lucerne Jazz Orchestra / Joris Teepe Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Allen Carter Big Band

Gifts

AC Muzik

2010

If there were any integrity or enlightenment in the music business as we know it in 2010--not to mention among listeners--drummer Allen Carter's debut big-band album, Gifts, would surely go platinum or at least earn a well-deserved Grammy Award. As not much of ...