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The Wee Trio: Full of Surprises

Read "The Wee Trio: Full of Surprises" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Don't be fooled by the name. The members of the Wee Trio are normal-looking and normal-sized guys, their ambition if anything is deluxe, and their compositional scope virtually limitless. While such a moniker can only keep them humble--not that they'd seem to need the help--they've always kept an outsized willingness to follow fascinating ideas and embrace ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anthony Branker & Word Play: Uppity

Read "Uppity" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On Uppity, Dr. Anthony Branker, Director of Jazz Studies at Princeton University, has created a life-affirming, sometimes funky, and straight-through beautiful set of sounds--an ode to the resiliency and basic goodness of the human spirit.Branker began his jazz journey as a trumpeter, but complications from a brain aneurysm in 1999 brought his trumpet playing ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Albert–Hobbs Big Band / Jeff Hamilton–DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Steve Taylor Big Band

Read "Albert–Hobbs Big Band / Jeff Hamilton–DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Steve Taylor Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dave Albert--Brian Hobbs Big Band Love Remembered Eidolon Records 2012 What a bold and unusual idea, opening a big-band album with a waltz performed by a trio. The Albert-Hobbs Big Band does exactly that with “For Mr. C," one of several dedications on its debut recording, Love ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 1: January 7, 2011

Read "Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 1: January 7, 2011" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Day 1 | Day 2 Winter JazzfestNew York, NYJanuary 7-8, 2011 What with the snow, the lines, the standing-room-only crowds, New York City's Winter Jazzfest can be a hectic, hectoring hell of force-feeding, a speed-read tasting menu of mad musical difference, as hard to digest in the instant ...


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