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Tim Ries Quintet - Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2011)

Tim Ries Quintet - Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2011)

Tim Ries is most well known for playing saxophone with the Rolling Stones, but as this live set from the New York City jazz club Smalls shows, he's an accomplished jazz musician as well. On this album he plays soprano and saxophone joined by Chris Potter on tenor saxophone, Kalman Olah on piano and Billy Drummond ...

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Kidd Jordan - On Fire (Engine, 2011)

Kidd Jordan - On Fire (Engine, 2011)

New Orleans music isn't totally about the neo-traditionalism of the Marsalis clan and Donald Harrison, although no disrespect is meant to those musicians. Saxophonist Kidd Jordan takes the lessons of growing up as a musician in the south and New Orleans in general and combines with the open ended nature of free jazz to develop music ...

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Jurg Wickihalder European Quartet Feat. Irene Schweizer - Jump! (Intakt, 2011)

The third release on Intakt by soprano saxophonist Jurg Wickihalder finds him in the company of the highly regarded pianist Irene Schweizer along with Fabian Gisler on bass and Michael Griener on drums, and they make for a formidable group. The spirit of Thelonious Monk seems to hang in the air as the group navigates five ...

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Bernstein/Goldings/Stewart - Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2011)

Guitarist Peter Bernstein, organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart have been playing together for many years, holding down a regular gig at the Smalls jazz club when their schedules allow. This is a nice example of their regular gig, beginning with “Chant" which shows the trio playing in a mellow laid back groove, with the ...

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Steve Reid, Kieran Hebden and Mats Gustafsson - Live at the South Bank (Smalltown Superjazz, 2011)

Steve Reid, Kieran Hebden and Mats Gustafsson - Live at the South Bank (Smalltown Superjazz, 2011)

The great drummer Steve Reid enjoyed a fantastic career, playing with everyone from R&B singers to free jazz musicians. He recorded two wonderful albums in the 1970's, Novaand Rhythmatismbefore keeping a lower profile the remainder of the decade. In the 2000's he had a career renaissance, teaming up with the electronic musician Kieran Hebden to produce ...

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Cuneiform: Sao Paulo Underground; Mats/Morgan Band

Sao Paulo Underground—Tres Cabecas Loucuras (Cuneiform, 2011) This is a very interesting group that combines jazz composition and improvisation with electronics and effects to create an intoxicating and exotic blend of music. Featuring Rob Mazurek on cornet and electronics, Mauricio Takara on drums and electronics, Guilherme Granado on keyboards, electronics and samplers, Richard Ribeiro on drums ...

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Piano: Sunna Gunnlaugs; Dred Scott Trio

Sunna Gunnlaugs—Long Pair Bond (Sunny Sky, 2011) Icleandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs performs her latest album with the help of Porgrimur Jonsson on bass and Scott McLemore on drums. The group works very well together, on first listen it seems to be a self-functioning unit like the Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau trios, but closer listening shows ...

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Trumpets: Wadada Leo Smith; Corey Wilkes

Trumpets: Wadada Leo Smith; Corey Wilkes

Wadada Leo Smith—Dark Lady of the Sonnets (TUM, 2011) Always searching for new musical vistas, the trumpet and flugelhorn player Wadada Leo Smith teams up with Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and occasional voice and Pheeroan akLaff on drums. The trio is called Mbira, and they create a very interesting album featuring five lengthy improvisations which develop ...

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Music Listening: Samuel Blaser, Atomic, R.E.M.

Music Listening: Samuel Blaser, Atomic, R.E.M.

Samuel Blaser—Consort in Motion (Kind of Blue, 2011) This is a chamber jazz album filled with hushed tones and thoughtfully designed improvisations between Samuel Blaser on trombone, Russ Lossing on piano, Thmoas Morgan on bass and Paul Motian on drums. The interaction between between Blaser's delicately smeared and articulated trombone and Motian's minimalist percussion creates a ...

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The Who - Quadrophenia- The Director's Cut (Super Deluxe Edition) (Geffen, 2011)

The Who - Quadrophenia- The Director's Cut (Super Deluxe Edition) (Geffen, 2011)

The progressive rock opera Quadrophenia has been my favorite album by The Who since I discovered it in college. This is one of those “overkill" reissues, really aimed at the true believer fan, containing not only the original double album re-mastered, but discs of demos and surround sound mixes, along with a hardcover book and other ...