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Big Bands: Fred Ho, Roy Hargrove, Brooklyn Big Band, Charles Tolliver

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Fred Ho and the The Green Monster Big Band Celestial Green Monster Mutable Music2009 Roy HargroveEmergenceGroovin' High2009 Brooklyn Big Band Live at Sweet Rhythm Candid2009


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Paul Motian: On Broadway Vol. 5

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The brushes are out as drummer Paul Motian continues his ongoing disc series, On Broadway. This latest installment features Motian's less starry “2000" trio, with bassist Thomas Morgan and saxophonist Loren Stillman, plus a second saxophonist, Michaël Attias and pianist Masabumi Kikuchi (who also participated on Vol. 4). Two decades on, the recipe remains the same--loving, ...


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Sex Mob: Sexmob Meets Medeski live in Willisau 2006

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How best to describe slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein's singular quartet Sex Mob? Maybe we should start with mercurial musical magician Bernstein himself, whose exotic career as sideman, musical director, arranger and composer has included ten years with John Lurie's Lounge Lizards and stints alongside everyone from Bill Frisell to Sam Rivers, the Flying Karamazov Brothers and, ...


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Cecil Taylor / Tony Oxley: Leaf Palm Hand

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If music criticism is difficult and jazz criticism is most difficult of all (how can any writer capture the essence of a form so elastic and alive?), well, what then to do with Cecil Taylor, the tireless 78-year-old avant-garde piano eminence whose iconoclastic style remains so singular and uncompromising that it defies any attempts at definition, ...


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Lafayette Gilchrist: Soul Progressin' & Live in Berlin

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Lafayette Gilchrist Soul Progressin' Hyena 2008 David Murray Live in Berlin Jazzwerkstatt 2008 I first heard pianist Lafayette Gilchrist in 2003, playing a one-night-stand duo gig with ...


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David Sanchez: Cultural Survival

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Never one to play it safe, the adventurous Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sánchez has switched record labels, leaving Sony Music after a fruitful 11-year stint that culminated in a Latin Grammy for Coral, his 2004 CD of Latin classics with strings. He’s also revamped his band--out is longtime alto sax associate Miguel Zenón (who’s since emerged ...


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David Murray: 3D Family & Sacred Ground

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David Murray 3D Family hatOLOGY 2007 David Murray Sacred Ground Justin Time 2007 Cut in 1976 and released the following year, Flowers For Albert, David Murray's thunderclap ...


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Roy Haynes: The Sound of Sonny & We Three

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Sonny Rollins The Sound of Sonny (Keepnews Collection) Riverside-Concord 2007 Roy Haynes/Phineas Newborn/Paul Chambers We Three New Jazz-Concord 2007 Sonny Rollins needs no introduction. Nor, most likely, ...


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Steve Kuhn: Pastorale

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Though he's been an inimitable sideman for jazz legends like John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Arts Farmer and Blakey and though he's been leading his own first-rate groups for decades, Steve Kuhn has never become a household name. Like his frequent (and equally idiosyncratic) collaborator Sheila Jordan, he's better known abroad than here, both in Europe ...


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Andrew Cyrille with Greg Osby: Low Blue Flame

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"Every once in a while, the saxophonist and drummer just have to be alone. So said the venerable tenorist Benny Golson in concert a few years ago, a coy grin creeping over his face, before launching himself into the stratosphere against his drummer of the evening. “Against, because that's often the form the sax/drums duet takes--a ...


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