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The Hughes Smith Quintet: Motion

Read "Motion" reviewed by Geannine Reid

The Hughes Smith Quintet is an amalgamation of saxophonist James Hughes and trumpeter Jimmy Smith, not only in namesake, but also in compositional approach. Their latest album Motion, the third in a catalog featuring original compositions, focuses on the straight-ahead sound of the seventies, popular in the Detroit scene, blended with hard-hitting energy, deep grooves, vibrant ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Hughes & Jimmy Smith Quintet: Ever Up & Onward

Read "Ever Up & Onward" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Detroit was once a vital jazz center, contributing some of the major hard bop artists of the 1960s: Hank, Thad, and Elvin Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, and Ron Carter, just to name a few. The James Hughes & Jimmy Smith Quintet honors that tradition by playing mostly original hard bop with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Barney McClure: Show Me!

Read "Show Me!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While organist Barney McClure receives top billing on this exhilarating new album, he is happy to share it, for good reason, with the superlative Central Washington University Jazz Band from Ellensburg. As McClure asserts in the liner notes, “I was no more than a lucky rider on the bus." Well, a bit more than that, Barney, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band: Two Music: It Don't Mean a Thing, If It...

Read "Two Music: It Don't Mean a Thing, If It..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

As has been pointed out a number of times before, there's no audible difference between the University of North Texas' One O'Clock and Two O'Clock Lab Bands, which are customarily named for rehearsal times but based on performance alone could well be designated One O'Clock and One-Fifteen. This is not meant to devalue the One O'Clock ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

From Charlie Christian to Charlie Parker

Read "From Charlie Christian to Charlie Parker" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's not often one has a chance to see and hear a dozen of New Mexico's premier jazz musicians together onstage (or almost so) for a single concert, but that is what took place August 11 as an overflow audience welcomed the Charlie Christian Project and SuperSax New Mexico to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Budman-Levy Orchestra / Jens Wendelboe Big Band / DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra

Read "Budman-Levy Orchestra / Jens Wendelboe Big Band / DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Budman / Levy Orchestra

From There to Here

OA2 Records

2012

If this splendid album, recorded two years ago (2010), is in any way emblematic of what lies ahead, the long-range outlook for big band jazz is indeed bright and auspicious. Saxophonist Alex Budman and trombonist Jeremy Levy have assembled ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

June Means Jazz as Festivals Flourish

Read "June Means Jazz as Festivals Flourish" reviewed by Jack Bowers

June, as always, is a harbinger of exciting things to come as the jazz festival season springs forth in earnest, causing even the most ardent couch potatoes to bestir themselves and start perusing the calendar to locate interesting events in their neck of the woods. Here in New Mexico, the “outdoor" season comes to life with ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Tops in '10: The Best Big Band Albums of the Year

Read "Tops in '10: The Best Big Band Albums of the Year" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The holiday season is upon us, which means it's a perfect time to name my choices for the best big band albums of 2010. Looking back, this was a better year for large ensembles than memory envisaged, and narrowing the list of candidates to 10 wasn't as easy as I thought it might be. Nevertheless, the ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts

Read "These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whenever the topic of desert islands arises among jazz fans, the focus is invariably on which albums (discs) one would choose to cram into a suitcase if one were ever stranded on an otherwise barren island. While the consideration of particular arrangements seldom governs the debate, I really think it should. After all, few albums, however ...

Take Five With Philipp Zarfl

Read "Take Five With Philipp Zarfl" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Philipp Zarfl:

Born 1991 in Wolfsberg/Austria, Philipp started playing trombone at the age of 13 in the local music school. Currently (from 2007 on) he has studied with Andi Mittermayer at the Conservatory in Klagenfurt/Austria.

Instrument(s):

Trombone, Arrangement, Composition.

Teachers and/or influences?

My influences are ...