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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The 14 Jazz Orchestra: Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy

Read "Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dischi come questo sono indicativi dell'alto livello professionale che il jazz statunitense esprime anche nelle cosiddette zone di periferia, lontane da New York, Chicago o Los Angeles.
Quest'orchestra opera in Florida ed è formata da 13 insegnanti o ex alunni della Miami University diretti dall'arrangiatore Dan Bonsanti e integrati da pregevoli ospiti: Will Lee ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The 14 Jazz Orchestra: Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy

Read "Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The 14 Jazz Orchestra, based in south Florida, is comprised of thirteen accomplished sidemen (all alumni of the University of Miami) and arranger / conductor Dan Bonsanti. On its debut recording, Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy, the ensemble cast its net wide to gather in compositions by Billy Strayhorn, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Charlie Parker, Chick ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The 14 Jazz Orchetra: Nothing Hard is Ever Easy

Read "Nothing Hard is Ever Easy" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Under the direction of arranger/conductor and educator Dan Bonsanti, The 14 Jazz Orchestra delivers its debut recording with Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy presenting a repertoire of contemporary jazz containing and offering of mainstream, fusion, pop, gospel-styled and classical-tinged elements that make this first effort, one varied musical statement. This fourteen-piece light ensemble is comprised of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Liebman Big Band: A Tribute to Wayne Shorter

Read "A Tribute to Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In a career spanning almost half a century, soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman has appeared on more than five hundred recordings including seventy as leader of various groups. His latest, A Tribute to Wayne Shorter by the Dave Liebman Big Band, may well be the best one yet. Why? Because every single component, from choice of material ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christopher Parker: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Chris Parker's second CD release on OA2 Records, Full Circle, sounds like an exciting live set full of vigorous life, something that engages the crowd and gets them up out of their seat, dancing. It's a quintet--common enough in jazz--with the uncommon use of violin in the front line beside the saxophone, reeling out unison ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Stars on the Horizon

Read "Stars on the Horizon" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even before Groovin' Hard, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's latest foray into the world of contemporary jazz, kicked off its four-day run (October 11-14) at the Marriott LAX Hotel, a letter arrived from LAJI director Ken Poston announcing details of next May's extravaganza, also at the Marriott. The theme is Big Band Spectacular, and the bands ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dave Liebman Group To Play Birdland Jazz Club September 11-15

Dave Liebman Group To Play Birdland Jazz Club September 11-15

Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street, NYC) is pleased to present the Dave Liebman Group for a weeklong engagement (September 11-15) with two sets each night at 8:30 & 11pm. The music charges are $30 (side seating) and $40 (center seating). There is a $10 food/drink minimum per set. Dinner is served from 5:00pm to ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Dave Liebman: What It Is - The Life of a Jazz Artist

Read "Dave Liebman: What It Is - The Life of a Jazz Artist" reviewed by John Kelman

What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist
Dave Liebman In Conversation with Lewis Porter
386 Pages
ISBN: 978-0810882034
Scarecrow Press
2012

In life, there's them that are aware and them's that ain't. Them's that are aware are not necessarily better than them's that ain't; but in being ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Organik Vibe Trio: Moscow

Read "Moscow" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The members of the Organik Vibe Trio bring highly diverse playing and recording experience--and writing talents--to Moscow. With a broad collective résumé, this empathic team drives hard--and quite beautifully--over ten highly inspired, enjoyable and swinging selections, with five standards and five originals.

Al Dubin/Harry Warren's “Summer Night" kicks off the session, with vibraphonist/marimbaist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dave Liebman Group at Café Paradiso

Read "Dave Liebman Group at Café Paradiso" reviewed by John Kelman

Dave Liebman Group
Café Paradiso
Ottawa, Canada
May 20-21, 2011
When saxophonist and recent NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman brought his longstanding group to Ottawa's Café Paradiso a little over three years ago in April, 2008, it was truly one of the hottest, most memorable shows this city has seen in ...