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Keith Jarrett Returns to San Francisco

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Keith Jarrett SFJAZZ Spring Season San Francisco, CA March 19, 2006 Standing ovations and good music are considered par for the course at a Keith Jarrett solo piano concert.But jokes?“I guess my reputation is to complain about something, Jarrett said while retaking the stage after an intermission.The ...


Joaqu: Out of This World

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Being a recording artist on the Fresh Sound New Talent label must be daunting given the semantic implications of its name and its track record of solid, varied mainstream jazz releases. But Spanish guitarist Joaqu'in Chacón lives up to all those expectations except one: he is not a new talent. He is, however, a talented, sparsely-documented ...


Tucker Rountree Sound: No Goodbyes

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With a bassist still in his teens and a group leader that doesn't look much older, it would be easy to dismiss the Austin, Texas-based Tucker Rountree Sound as a collection of feisty youngsters venturing out of their depth by cutting a full-length record. But the Sound's new album, No Goodbyes, exhibits as much maturity as ...


Jimmy Bruno: Solo

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A lot of musicians first learn their craft through the various method books produced by Mel Bay Publications. And so it is within reason to expect outstanding technique on the recordings recorded by Mel Bay Records. Solo , guitarist Jimmy Bruno's first album for the fledgling label, doesn't disappoint on that score. It's a ...


Clark Terry: Porgy & Bess

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The Gil Evans arrangements of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess have lain fallow ever since their 1958 recording by iconic trumpeter Miles Davis. That is, until now. Trumpeter and flugelhornist Clark Terry replaces Davis, his former protégé, as the soloist on the Chicago Jazz Orchestra's rendition of the Evans Porgy and Bess arrangements. Terry is an ...


The Nels Cline Singers: The Giant Pin

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Los Angeles guitarist Nels Cline surprised some of his longtime fans when he joined the rock band Wilco earlier this year. But he has always been involved with rock and roll in some form throughout his career. He's played with Mike Watt of the Minutemen and various members of Sonic Youth. His own solo career has ...


Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Paseo

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Paseo, the title of virtuoso Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba's first album as a leader in three years, means “walk" or “stroll" in English. And that's what he does throughout the record with his New Cuban Quartet. Rubalcaba examines his musical roots as if he were walking through his hometown for the first time in many years. ...


Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company

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He was in his sunset. Yellows, pinks, and oranges combined with the encroaching black of night to form a cool reminder of Ray Charles' smoldering day. The Genius, as Charles was sometimes known, recorded his last album, Genius Loves Company, before succumbing to acute liver disease. The Concord Records release returns Charles to his musical roots ...


Tin Hat Trio: Book of Silk

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When an individual crosses America by starting on either coast to later arrive upon the other, that intrepid explorer will notice the vast expanses of land and open skies that divide the many bustling cities. And should this person listen to the native music along the way, he or she will notice a similar spaciousness in ...


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