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Drew Gress

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Bassist/composer Drew Gress performs extensively with artists on the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music. His latest project as a leader, 7 BLACK BUTTERFLIES (Premonition Records), features 9 of Drew¹s newest original compositions and will be released in MAY 2005. This is the follow up to 2001's SPIN & DRIFT, which received widespread critical acclaim and also featured Drew's pedal-steel guitar playing. He also leads the quartet Jagged Sky; their debut recording, HEYDAY(Soul Note) was released in 1998 and is now considered somewhat of an underground classic. Previously, he was a founding member of the cooperative quartet Joint Venture, producing three albums in the early 1990s for Enja: Joint Venture, Ways, and Mirrors. When Drew is not leading his own ensembles, he can be heard within those of Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Bill Carrothers, Ravi Coltrane, Marc Copland, Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, Andy Laster, Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri, Simon Nabatov, Ben Perowsky, and Tim Ziesmer. (In a previous musical life, he grounded the performances of Buddy Hackett, Phyllis Diller, Zoot Sims, Cab Calloway, and yes...Pia Zadora). Drew has toured North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia, and has served as Artist-in-Residence at St

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I Am a Stranger in This World

Label: L&H Production
Released: 2022
Track listing: As Chaff Before the Wind, Lighten My Eyes, Make Hste to Help Me, I Am a Stranger in This World, Truth in His Heart, Like Rain Upon the Mown Grass, Keep Not Your Silence, The Wine of Astonishment, I Shall Not Want, At Midnight I Will Rise, Every Beast of the Field

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions

Read "Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Vossa Jazz Festival Voss, Norway March 31-April 2, 2022 Like many jazz festivals trying to find a safe passage through the challenging pandemic hurdles, Norway's venerable Vossa Jazz festival kept the faith via “Plan B" operations in the past two years. Hybrid streaming and live models and a pared-down festival last September ...

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Article: Live Review

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2022 Parte seconda: la Città Bassa

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2022 Parte seconda: la Città Bassa" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Bergamo Varie sedi 17-20.3.2022 Il ricco palinsesto di Bergamo Jazz 2022 ha distribuito proposte non meno interessanti e variate negli spazi della Città Bassa. I due concerti all'Auditorium di Piazza della Libertà hanno racchiuso i progetti di due formazioni europee, entrambi attuali e rilevanti. Sarebbe semplicistico sostenere che la musica del chitarrista ...

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Article: Album Review

Brandon Lopez, Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey: No Es La Playa

Read "No Es La Playa" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey have made dozens of recordings together, both as a duo and with countless others. But when they teamed up with bassist Brandon Lopez for the first time in 2017, for a live show at Barbès in Brooklyn, all three players recognized that there was something special about their collective ...

Article: Interview

Samo Salamon: un mondo di variegate esplorazioni

Read "Samo Salamon: un mondo di variegate esplorazioni" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


In neanche vent'anni d'attività professionale, il chitarrista sloveno ha maturato un ampio e diversificato ventaglio di esperienze, che si riflettono in una nutrita discografia. Ha pubblicato 35 album con etichette quali la Clean Feed, Fresh Sound, Not Two, Spasch, Steeplechase [clicca qui per leggere la recensione dei suoi ultimi 12 album] in organici comprendenti molti protagonisti ...

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Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch: Breath By Breath

Read "Breath By Breath" reviewed by John Chacona


Why is Fred Hersch not sufficiently mentioned among the great jazz pianists? It could be a generational thing. At 66, Hersch is an eminent tweener, too old to qualify as the Hot New Thing and too young to be an Elder Statesman. He's in good company there with fellow sexagenarians Myra Melford, Satoko Fujii, Uri Caine, ...

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Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch: Breath By Breath

Read "Breath By Breath" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The intellectual and musical curiosity that inspires the work of pianist Fred Hersch is broad and deep. Validation of this is in his current release Breath By Breath which is informed by his early piano education and listening to string quartets, supported more recently by his advocacy of meditation as a way manage external factors beyond ...

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Untucked In Hannover

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: If I Should Lose You; Stella By Starlight; What's New—There Is No Greater Love; I Fall In Love Too Easily; Just In Time—In Your Own Sweet Way; Long Ago And Far Away.

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Alexis

Label: New Artists Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Easy to Love; I Didn’t Know What Time It Was; Make It Last; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; Organ Grinder; Devil May Care; Summertime; Speak Low; Gentle Rain; Weaver of Dreams; In the Still of the Night.


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