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Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood

Read "Stomping Off From Greenwood" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

After a stint in New York, saxophonist Greg Ward was lured home to Chicago in 2016 by a project based on Charles Mingus's The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse! Records, 1963). Ward's new vision of this record was widely acclaimed, not least for its performance with a ballet company, as Mingus had desired.

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Rudy Royston: Flatbed Buggy

Read "Flatbed Buggy" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A veteran rhythm-man whose long list of credits includes work with Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas, Rudy Royston already had a couple releases on Douglas's Greenleaf Music label (303, from 2014, and Rise of Orion (2016), and now Flatbed Buggy continues this promising track record with a winsome set of music that manages to pull off ...

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light

Read "Find the Common, Shine a Light" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Pur confermando l'avvincente impronta stilistica evidenziata nei tre album precedenti, il pianoless quintet di Ryan Keberle presenta un lavoro leggermente disorganico e musicalmente più superficiale dei precedenti, forse perchè distolto da un intento politico (contestare l'elezione presidenziale statunitense del 2016). Il percorso musicale raccoglie due famosi temi della contestazione giovanile degli anni sessanta («The Times They ...

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Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas: Scandal

Read "Scandal" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Nei propri lavori, Dave Douglas ha focalizzato spesso la propria attenzione su figure significative del jazz e della musica contemporanea. Ricordiamo tra l'altro dischi come In Our Lifetime del 1995, dedicato a Booker Little, Moving Portrait del 1998, ispirato a Joni Mitchell, Soul on Soul del 2000, rivolto a Mary Lou Williams. Anche Wayne Shorter era ...

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Dave Douglas: Little Giant Still Life

Read "Little Giant Still Life" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Dave Douglas has evolved into one of the giants of jazz. He's willing to take chances and expands familiar concepts, while possessing a signature sound and style amid all his technical gifts. On this release he charts a brass and drums course with the New York-based 4-man horn section and recording artists The Westerlies, along with ...

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Dave Douglas with the Westerlies and Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life

Read "Little Giant Still Life" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Per questa nuova realizzazione dell'etichetta indipendente Greenleaf da lui fondata nel 2005, Dave Douglas riunisce attorno a sé l'ottimo quartetto di ottoni The Westerlies, formato da musicisti originari di Seattle (dei quali abbiamo già segnalato qualche mese fa il doppio CD omonimo pubblicato nel 2016) e aggiunge la batteria del giovane musicista di Filadelfia Anwar Marshall, ...

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Riverside: The New National Anthem

Read "The New National Anthem" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Nato da un comune interesse per la musica e la figura di Jimmy Giuffre, il Riverside Quartet è una delle numerose formazioni attraverso le quali il trombettista e compositore Dave Douglas veicola le visioni di una mente vulcanica e in perenne movimento. Ad aleggiare come musa ispiratrice, in questa seconda uscita di Douglas e del co-leader ...

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Rudy Royston Trio: Rise Of Orion

Read "Rise Of Orion" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The visceral style of drummer Rudy Royston was considerably toned down on his leader debut 303 (Greenleaf, 2014), a septet outing where the drummer often worked within the context of an ensemble player. Pared down to a trio formation for Rise Of Orion, Royston retains the services of the ubiquitous saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Yasushi ...

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Rudy Royston Trio: Rise Of Orion

Read "Rise Of Orion" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

303 (Greenleaf Music, 2014) was the debut we were waiting for from drummer extraordinaire Rudy Royston, but it wasn't necessarily the debut we were expecting. Instead of playing the chops-and-brawn card that he always holds somewhere in his hand, Royston took a more thoughtful approach. He wowed with multidimensional maneuvers instead of brute force, using a ...

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Dave Douglas: Dark Territory

Read "Dark Territory" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Torna senza la paura di ripetersi. Dave Douglas richiama attorno a sé il collettivo di musicisti battezzato High Risk, coi quali solo un anno fa aveva confezionato un omonimo album, e parte a esplorare nuovi territori di jazz possibile. Lo fa citando, o incorporando elementi che gli amanti di Miles Davis troveranno familiari, e attingendo ancora ...