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JC Sanford's Triocracy: Pyramid Scheme

Read "Pyramid Scheme" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Trombonist / composer JC Sanford leads an unconventional chamber trio with Andy Laster and Chris Bacas on saxophones and clarinets. As the group name implies, it is a remarkably flexible and democratic small ensemble. Sanford is the main composer, but there are also collective improvisations, guided improvisations, and a few surprising covers. “Rip Tide" ...

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Fukushima

Read "Fukushima" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Satoko Fujii's Orchestra New York has been together since their 1997 debut South Wind (Leo Lab/Libra). A “super group" by any standards, it has remained largely intact over the course of twenty years, bringing the ensemble to its latest release, Fukushima, a memorial suite. The Fukushima nuclear accident was caused by a major earthquake and a ...

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Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Hot Town

Read "Hot Town" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Brian Carpenter e la sua Ghost Train Orchestra proseguono la meritevole opera di recupero e talvolta di riscoperta della musica americana della prima metà del secolo scorso. Se nel precedente Book of Rhapsody l'attenzione era rivolta a quegli autori -Alec Wilder, John Kirby tra gli altri -alla ricerca di una via che apparentasse il jazz tradizionale ...

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Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book of Rhapsodies

Read "Book of Rhapsodies" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Prendete la musica di quattro formazioni operanti nella fervida scena musicale americana degli anni Trenta e Quaranta, un ensemble di undici musicisti tra cui spiccano i nomi del leader Brian Carpenter, del sassofonista Andy Laster, del trombonista Curtis Hasselbring, un gruppo vocale di sei elementi, prestate attenzione al titolo e avrete un'idea della musica contenuta in ...

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Tom Rainey: Obbligato

Read "Obbligato" reviewed by Troy Collins

Tom Rainey has been a fixture in New York's Downtown scene since the early '90s. The stalwart drummer's current efforts have found him expanding his purview, collaborating with a new generation of creative improvisers. Working on original material with young Brooklyn-based artists like Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson, Rainey continues experiments in form and structure that ...

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Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book Of Rhapsodies

Read "Book Of Rhapsodies" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were to identify the music from Book Of Rhapsodies as cartoon music and asked to name specifically which cartoons, it might be easy to guess your age. The baby-boom generations would call bandleader Brian Carpenter's music the soundtrack to Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam and might guess Carl Stalling. X-Generation would identify the soundtrack ...

Riptide

Label: CBS/Sony
Released: 2011

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Big Bands: Wayne Horvitz, Satoko Fujii, Steve Lehman, Kenny Werner & Andrew D'Angelo

Read "Big Bands: Wayne Horvitz, Satoko Fujii, Steve Lehman, Kenny Werner & Andrew D'Angelo" reviewed by Martin Longley

The New York Composers OrchestraUniversity Of The StreetsOctober 23, 2010 Even for local residents, an appearance by the New York Composers Orchestra has become a rarity. Its guiding forces, the pianists Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb, have long been living in Seattle (they moved in 1989), so get-togethers have ...

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Interview: Andy Laster

Interview: Andy Laster

Clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Andy Laster has been involved in New York City’s jazz scene since the mid-1980s, when he relocated upon completing studies at Seattle’s Cornish Institute. Since then he has worked with musicians such as Julius Hemphill, Hank Roberts, Cuong Vu, and Erik Friedlander. In preparation for this week’s performance by his Sounds of ...


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