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Pete McCann: Pay for It on the Other Side

Read "Pay for It on the Other Side" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

World-class guitarist Pete McCann (Spin Cycle, Mahavishnu Project, Curtis Stigers) composed 10 pieces with his band members specifically in mind. His all-star quintet exhibits near flawless execution with tuneful hooks, stirring improvisational passages, and a strong mix of material that covers a lot of bases. And when the leader uses his pedals and EFX mechanisms, tinged ...

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Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Andrew Rathbun is a Canadian saxophonist who has made a major musical statement here with this collection of suites, two of which are based on the poetry of author Margaret Atwood. Rathbun's writing shows the influence of another Canadian, Kenny Wheeler, in its lush sonority, the frequent gorgeous flugelhorn solos by Tim Hagans and the role ...

Alan Ferber Big Band: Jigsaw

Read "Jigsaw" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jigsaw mapped out by trombonist Alan Ferber's splendid New York City-based ensemble comprises a number of dissimilar pieces, drawn from a broad range of musical patterns, which makes its assemblage arduous yet ultimately rewarding. Ferber's sophisticated arrangements manifest a pensive, and at times ethereal, temper that is far removed from the realm of flag-wavers and ...

Jeff Williams: Lifelike

Read "Lifelike" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Based in London and Brooklyn, drummer Jeff Williams is a busy man. In addition to gigging and recording with his own group he currently teaches at the Royal Academy Of Music and at the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK. This is Williams's fourth album for Whirlwind since his debut on the label with 2011's Another Time ...

Jeff Williams: Lifelike

Read "Lifelike" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Sounding as real as real gets, Lifelike's forward thinking drummer/composer Jeff Williams' heady sextet sure sound like they're all sitting in on a late night, cramped back room cutting session, with each player challenging, coaxing the other to new heights and horizons.

Williams, an alumni of such name drops as Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, ...

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Alan Ferber: Jigsaw

Read "Jigsaw" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tra il pubblico del jazz italiano è colpevolmente poco noto. Eppure Alan Ferber è tra i più attivi e richiesti trombonisti contemporanei, con più di cento incisioni da sideman negli ultimi 15 anni (tra cui con le orchestre di John Hollenbeck, Darcy James Argue, Brian Landrus, Ted Nash, Gerald Wilson ed i gruppi di Nels Cline, ...

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Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares

Read "Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il “pianeta" Monk è stato talmente esplorato negli ultimi decenni che è difficile attendersi qualcosa d'originalmente significativo. Con quest'album orchestrale --la dimensione meno usata nelle revisitazioni del songbook monkiano -il pianista e compositore Frank Carlberg c'è però riuscito: anche se ogni brano s'ispira a un tema di Thelonious, l'elaborazione è personale e non deve stupire se ...

Alessandro Fadini: A Dark and Stormy Day

Read "A Dark and Stormy Day" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Amongst the firehose-like blast of CDs and downloads aimed at me last summer was A Dark and Stormy Day, the debut album by Italian-born pianist and composer Alessandro Fadini. A new name to me, Fadini was educated to be a mathematician and is apparently self-taught on piano. Don't let that fool you, though. A protégé of ...

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Bobby Avey: Inhuman Wilderness

Read "Inhuman Wilderness" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Un trio che si allarga a quartetto in metà delle tracce interpreta Inhuman Wilderness, quinto lavoro a nome del trentaduenne pianista Bobby Avey, ancora poco noto da noi ma piuttosto affermato negli USA. Giustamente, si può dire ascoltando l'album, che ne documenta le idee musicali moderne e inquiete, ma anche la maestria alla tastiera.

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John O'Gallagher Trio: Live In Brooklyn

Read "Live In Brooklyn" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Over the past 25 years, altoist and New York resident, John O'Gallagher has worked with the likes of Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart and Chris Cheek amongst many others. German born but long-time New Yorker bassist Johannes Weidenmueller has played with the Hank Jones trio, the John Abercrombie quartet, Joe Lovano and many ...