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Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention

Read "Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Bill Anschell strikes me as a man with boundless curiosity. You perceive this in conversation, in his sense of humor, the patient manner in which he listens on and off the bandstand. You sense it in his inventive compositions, the rhythmic complexity, and the musical conception that lyrically imprints an authentic sense of melody. His work ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Anschell: Rumbler

Read "Rumbler" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Seattle's eclectic jazz scene has produced a long line of significant voices that have impacted the music on a national and international level. Bill Anschell, as a pianist and composer certainly falls into that category that has produced the likes of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, and presently, trumpeter Thomas Marriott. His new Origin Records ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Coltrane Birthday Celebration: Harnessing The Coltrane Effect

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Richard Cole Group
Tula's Jazz Club
Seattle WA
September 23, 2016

The calendar read September 23, 2016, the 90th anniversary of the birth of John Coltrane, and as in many cities in America, and around the world, the music of this master innovator is being celebrated in performance, ...

Jazz Quanta July: Larry Goldings, Sean Jones and Todd Bishop

Read "Jazz Quanta July: Larry Goldings, Sean Jones and Todd Bishop" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart
Ramshackle Serenade
Pirouet Records
2014

The organ trio in jazz has always been one of the more durable formats. Wild Bill Davis, John Patton, Shirley Scott, Richard “Groove" Holmes, Jimmy Smith and Larry Young have all led important trios each giving the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jonathan Rowden: Group Identity

Read "Jonathan Rowden: Group Identity" reviewed by Paul Naser

The jny: Los Angeles jazz scene has no shortage of prodigious talent; on any given night throughout the sprawling landscape that makes up the greater Los Angeles area there is always some exciting happening or unique event, and one is often hard-up to make a decision about where to spend their evening. There are musicians who ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jaiman Crunk: Encounters

Read "Encounters" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Seattle-based guitarist Jaiman Crunk hasn't taken half measures on Encounters, his debut as leader. In addition to marshalling over 20 top jazz musicians--cherry picked for specific roles--Crunk employs fourteen brass, woodwind and string musicians from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra on half the compositions. These four numbers in particular underline Crunk's notable compositional and arranging skills and ...

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Jon Hamar: Hymn

Read "Hymn" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Origin Arts bassist Jon Hamar effects an intimate trio with alto saxophonist Todd DelGiudice and pianist Geoffrey Keezer on Hymn. Heard most recently, prior to this date, on Richard Cole's Inner Mission (Origin Records, 2007), Hamar's Hymn is heavy on introspective yet muscular originals, as Hamar also chooses some sturdy standards upon which to improvise.

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Todd Bishop Group: Little Played Little Bird

Read "Little Played Little Bird" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In the twilight days of the compact disc as a sound storage device, the most compelling reason for keeping what still seems a “new" audio media (compared to wax cylinders and 78s) in the face of purely electronic media is “concept" or “thematic" releases. One such example was drummer Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4 album, 69 ...

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Todd Bishop Group: Little Played Little Bird

Read "Little Played Little Bird" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fans of alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman have had to sit through a long wait since the free jazz pioneer's last recording, Sound Grammar (Sound Grammar Records, 2006), a marvelous set that garnered the artist a Pulitzer Prize. Those fans are still waiting, though the iconic jazz man has teased them with his bits and pieces (non-album ...

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Earshot Jazz Festival 2010, Part 1

Read "Earshot Jazz Festival 2010, Part 1" reviewed by Nathan Bluford

Earshot Jazz Festival
Seattle, WA
October 15-November 7, 2010
Part 1 | Part 2

Now in its 22nd year, the 2010 edition of Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival presented audiences with a healthy mix of local musicians from Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest in addition to the performers that made the ...