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Andy Biskin Quartet: Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster

Read "Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster" reviewed by George Kanzler


Stephen Foster was America's first pop songwriter, his music widely sung and played, as well as reproduced on music boxes (this album begins and ends with examples) in the last half of the 19th Century. But Foster is not the only uniquely American musician clarinetist Andy Biskin takes inspiration from in this idiosyncratic album. The spirit ...

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Andy Biskin Quartet: Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster

Read "Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Clarinettista atipico, assai poco assimilabile ad altri illustri conterranei come Don Byron o Chris Speed per citarne alcuni, Andy Biskin si colloca in una sorta di terra di nessuno, un piede nel cosiddetto jazz creativo e l’altro nel solco di tutto ciò che è tradizione storia, cultura e radici americane. Con questo Early American - The ...

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Andy Biskin Quartet: Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster

Read "Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson


In the October 2006 issue of Jazzman magazine, Vincent Bessières documents the explosion of jazz renditions of compositions by Björk, pointing to versions by artists like Geoff Keezer, Marcin Wasilewski, Greg Osby, Eric Legnini, Jason Moran, Larry Goldings and Dave Douglas. (If he'd waited another month or so, he could have included a lovely reading of ...

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Andy Biskin Quartet: Early American: The Melodies Of Stephen Foster

Read "Early American: The Melodies Of Stephen Foster" reviewed by Jim Santella


Clarinetist Andy Biskin leads his creative quartet through an interesting program of Stephen Foster songs and several originals. As much as possible, he's tried to capture the composer's original intentions. Stephen Collins Foster (1826-64) was born and raised just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the North. His songs, however, reflected life along the Mississippi ...

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Andy Biskin Quartet: Early American: The Melodies Of Stephen Foster

Read "Early American: The Melodies Of Stephen Foster" reviewed by Mark Corroto


From the bandstand, the leader calls out, “...and now, folks, we're going to play you a tune written 150 years ago. Wait. What? Are you kidding? Nobody wants to hear the Britney Spears track that was huge five years ago! But then again, in the cultural evolutionary battle of the fittest, the music of ...

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Andy Biskin Quartet: Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster

Read "Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster" reviewed by Troy Collins


On Early American, clarinetist Andy Biskin sets off for a good-natured romp through the Stephen Foster songbook. Tackling such distinctive material, associated with the countrified jazz crossover typically favored by iconic guitarist Bill Frisell, risks unfair comparison. But while Frisell has a quirky bent to his voicings and arrangements, Biskin is far more mischievous. He never ...


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